‘Don’t be alarmed with the rise of Cybersecurity cases’


While reading the news Sunday morning, we came across a focused story published by The Star Online  — Cybersecurity cases rise by 82.5%.

It is rather an insightful story to highlight the rise of security cases related to cyber during the stay at home period.

However, from another perspective, it is also good to find other means to overcome and neutralize the rising Cybersecurity cases.

To get a better understanding, One Malaya team decided to get an opinion from former Cyber Security Malaysia CEO and leading expert in the information security industry, Prof Col (R) Dato Dr Husin Jazri.

When we posed the question to him, Prof Husin without mincing his words said that “it is an opportunity to reverse the dark or negative side on the rising cybersecurity cases.”

“When the government implemented the Movement Control Order, all of us are advised and restricted to stay at home in order to fight COVID-19.

“Naturally, everyone with notebook, mini-laptop, mobile phone will start to access the Internet.

“It can be for various reasons. From ordering food and products via online, accessing social media, watching Netflix, paying bills and the list can go on.

“Even many companies have opted for online conferencing, teleconferencing via the available free tools and application on the Internet.

“Because of the people accessing the Internet tremendously, naturally there may be a tendency for cybercrime and security cases to increase.

“Small-time to professional hackers will find all avenues to exploit the weakness in technical capability as well as using social engineering techniques to attack the people.” Prof Husin said.

My suggestion here is ‘Do not be alarmed or be afraid by the increase of cybersecurity cases.’

“Yes, we will be receiving all sorts of complaints from the public. Perhaps on hacking and exploitation by hackers.

“We have to take this opportunity to identify ways to reverse the situation.”

“When there is a breach or compromise in your security, it is high time to re-examine the weakness and fortify the information security policy in place.

“Even there could be a lack of quality assurance in your system and network, why not take time to improve it”, Prof Husin highlighted.

Merely collecting statistics on cybersecurity cases and publishing it will not resolve the issue. However, we have to take another leap forward, Prof Husin suggested.

“Very important, find a new mechanism to inform the public on the number of cases resolved successfully.

“I am sure that information security experts out there are working round the clock to neutralize the attacks, we have to find better ways to inform the public on the success story as well.”

Prof Husin who is currently working for Asia Pacific University, exampled and likened the idea shown by the Health Ministry Director-General Dato Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in fighting COVID-19.

In his daily briefing, he gives statistics on the number of cases identified positive and very important the number of cases which been cured. Inevitably, it gives a better understanding how the health frontliners are fighting the COVID-19 successfully.

“So by using a similar model, it is high time for national Cyber Security agencies like Cyber Security Malaysia and NACSA adopt a similar methodology to neutralize the cybersecurity cases and find a more conducive mechanism in terms of bringing down the cases.

“Now this is only will take place with a greater co-operation and effort from everyone mainly from the public. No doubt the government can issue circulars and warnings to the public, but the people out there must take the due consideration and alertness while surfing on the Internet.”

Last but not least, Prof Husin who is a leading pioneer and cybersecurity guru, indicated that even Microsoft once was facing ‘worm attack’ issue and they took all the measures to rectify the incident until the whole topic became silent.

“So in conclusion, do not be panic after seeing the numbers!

“We always must take the proactive approach in controlling the situation, and don’t fall down to the enemy, there is always a way and inherent opportunity during a crisis, Prof Husin added.