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MDEC and ISACA in cybersecurity pact
 21 Sep 2017 20:06

WHILE Malaysia is on track to reach its 20% target contribution from the digital economy to the gross domestic product by 2020, cybersecurity remains a top priority for businesses and the government.

Industry observers say about 75% of businesses can potentially fall prey to cyber attacks as most organisations are insufficiently protected.

To address the issue, ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) have announced a partnership, which will focus on improving leadership competencies and workforce skills in technology governance, information and cybersecurity.

ISACA is a non-profit organisation that advocates the adoption of the globally accepted practice of information systems.

“Cyberattack sophistication is rapidly evolving, as are concerns over information security and enterprise vulnerability,” says ISACA board director Leonard Ong.

Under the partnership, the plan is to leverage ISACA’s expertise in training and professional development, certification, content and conference capabilities to help fuel MDEC’s digital transformation drive.

ISACA will share knowledge, best practices, and help develop awareness on the need for cybersecurity.

MDEC says part of the partnership strategy will also help address governance, compliance and developing skilled talent.