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What's really in store for Malaysia's IT industry in 2017?

AvantiKumar | Jan. 9, 2017
(MAJOR UPDATES) New leadership insights from PIKOM, MDEC, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Cyberview, IDC, Gartner, BAE Systems, 11street, Canvas/Instructure, Cloudera, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Hitachi Sunway, Red Hat, Cisco, AIMS Group, Fortinet, Sophos, Emerio, Brocade, Cognizant, Outsystems, Symantec, VADS, and Veeam.

In the second week of January 2017, PIKOM announced the formation of a new industry chapter to further mobilise the country's rapidly growling eCommerce sector.

Key Government agencies

 Government agencies in the driving seat for the industry include national ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), CyberSecurity Malaysia (digital security), applied research agency MIMOS (particularly with the national IoT agenda), and stepping up its role as smart city enabler - Cyberview.  

Yasmin - CEO MDEC - done

MDEC's Chief Executive Officer Dato' Yasmin Mahmood  (pic above) has announced significant moves, which include boosting bilateral ties with the UK and the GAIN programme in the ASEAN Economic Community, where Malaysian companies are being pointed to a US$48 billion pie in the region..

Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab  - CyberSecurity Malaysia

Meanwhile, CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Dato' Dr Amirudin Wahab (pic above) has forged various new initiatives including through OIC-CERT and with its Philippines peer in 2016.  

In a recent interview, Dr Amirudin told Computerworld Malaysia: "Technological trends have exposed new vulnerabilities and opportunities for cyber attackers, which has multiplied the risks from cyber threats. We foresee that perpetrators are using some of these technology innovations to refine their areas of expertise in developing more malicious processes, which are replacing traditional methods of attack."

"Cyber espionage, hacktivism, malware infection, cybercrimes and misuse of social media will still be at the top of the 2017 threat list," he said. "Hackers will continue to make profits by stealing individual and corporate data but there will be more attacks on critical infrastructure. What will also become more critically challenging is the increasing complexity of the threat scape due to the increased sophistication and advancement in ICT as well as certain emerging trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Challenges from IoT security threats is generally expected to multiply in tandem with the development of more IoT projects and devices in various sectors. We expect that more security weaknesses within IoT will be discovered and exploited in many ways."

 

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