Mindef strengthens its cybersecurity system


KUALA LUMPUR: The Defense Ministry has beefed up its cybersecurity system to ensure it is protected against cyberthreats, which are on the rise, its secretary general Datuk Seri Muez Abd Aziz said.

He said there had been 3,647 reports of cybersecurity incidents in the first four months of this year involving online fraud, intrusion and malicious code, and that the Ministry and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF ) have also felt the impact.

“Following this, we have improved our security system and only authoritative sources are allowed to upload approved documents (on social networks belonging to the Ministry of Defense),” he said in his speech at the meeting. ‘an official MoD social media event held virtually. today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also Minister of Defense, was present.

He said the Defense Ministry and MAF have sensitive issues regarding assets and the like, which would force the relevant bodies to verify their facts and pay attention to the information they disseminate.

“It is important that every relayed information goes through the security screening process and is approved to ensure that every upload is correct, valid and true,” he said.

He said there is a growing trend in sharing and spreading information that leaves them exposed to security issues, information leaks, sharing fake news and spreading inaccurate news sources. and not verified.

Muez also advised ministry staff not to be tricked by fake news shared through social media platforms such as WhatsApps and short messaging services or making negative comments on social media.

“The department will not compromise and take appropriate action against employees involved in such activities.

“Let us recall that as civil servants and military personnel, we are subject to the Official Secrets Act of 1972, the Communications and Multimedia Act of 1998, the Personal Data Protection Act of 2010 and the Law on the Armed Forces of 1972 ”, he added. – Bernama

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