More information security experts needed, says CyberSecurity Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 (Bernama) -- Although Internet banking cybercrimes are still at a manageable level, the country still needs to produce more information security experts, according to CyberSecurity Malaysia.

"I do not want to claim we have a lack of experts or our experts are enough to solve problems but we need to collaborate to produce more experts," said its chief executive officer Lt Col (Rtd) Husin Jazri.

He said with the number of Internet users rising and the trend moving into an advanced level such as mobile banking, the country needed to be prepared in all areas, particularly with information security experts.

Currently, Malaysia has about 16 million Internet users, he told reporters after delivering the opening speech at the CyberSecurity RSA Seminar 2010 here today.

On online banking, Husin said it was the users rather than financial institutions that were most affected by the cybercrimes.

"I'm not worried about the banks. They have a lot of money to secure their systems. They can have the world's best consultant to look into their security systems," he said.

"It's the human part that gets affected, not the technological part. The users become the victims. When the users communicate to the banks, they are exposed to the social engineering, scams and other threats."

According to Husin, online users should be aware that banks never do online maintenance as far as Internet banking is concerned for their customers.

"We need to educate users on this fact which can contribute towards curbing the problem when they aware of this aspect," he said.

From the total of 3,564 cases reported last year, 1,022 were fraud and forgery cases, which accounted for one-third of the cases, Husin said.

"We should share know-how and identify the necessary strategy to address threats such as increasing risk of security breaches, identity theft, phishing and cyberterrorism," he said.

MySinchew 2010.02.09