Cyber security is an investment and a crucial component in technology development. Therefore, it must be embedded in the initial stage of such a development and not be left out as an afterthought.

Speaking on the opening day of Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation Conference, Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO Cyber Security Malaysia, said cyber security must be given priority in the initial development stage. “Many technology developers are not cyber security experts and leave the aspect of cyber security after the technology has been developed. Such move will expose the technology to vulnerability and because of that, technology cannot go far and fast!”

He added: “It is also important for the top level management or the board members of a company to make cyber security an important concern instead of leaving it to the IT department.” To achieve that, training and re-training of employees in the aspect of cyber security was of great importance to ensure that they were aware of cyber security issues and understood how cyber attacks found its way into the company’s electronic data. “While the IoT could mean the ‘Internet of Things’, without cyber security measures in place, it can also mean the ‘Internet of Threats'”.

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