Bridging the talent gap in cybersecurity is a must

Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching has urged information technology staff to be given skills training to insulate themselves and their organisations from the growing threat of cyberattacks, writes Rozana Sani for New Straits Times.

Ching, in a speech at the recent Focus Group Dialogue: ‘Cybersecurity Challenge – Bridging the Gap to Industry 4.0’, said IT staff across Malaysian organisations and industry should be given skills training that includes exposure to the techniques used by cybercriminals and the identification of the vulnerabilities of the network system and recommendations for improvements which can prevent the system from being invaded by unscrupulous people.

“Cybersecurity must be introduced at the grassroots level, especially among schoolchildren, to instil ethical values and apply a sense of responsibility on all actions in cyberspace,” she said. She commended the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education and Politeknik Mersing in Johor for setting up a Cyber Range Academy, which provides polytechnic students with an authentic learning environment to help them visually understand the threat landscape via a cyber range lab.
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