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Unprotected: Why Malaysia needs to prioritise certifying cybersecurity experts

Unprotected: Why Malaysia needs to prioritise certifying cybersecurity experts
Malaysia is at a crossroads in the face of accelerating digital transformation. The push to a fully digital economy could bring enormous economic gains. However, progress could be hindered by pronounced cybersecurity risks. A growing digital ecosystem requires a robust defence mechanism...

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Malaysia is facing a critical juncture as it navigates the challenges of digital transformation. While the shift to a fully digital economy promises significant economic benefits, the country is also grappling with pronounced cybersecurity risks. A key concern is the shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, with a projected shortfall of 12,000 experts by 2025. To address this, the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy aims to train and certify 20,000 cybersecurity professionals by 2025. Public and private partnerships, as well as a focus on diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, are seen as crucial in addressing this issue. Group-IB, a cybersecurity firm, is taking proactive steps by investing in educational programs and strategic partnerships to fortify Malaysia’s cybersecurity framework. The goal is to ensure that graduates are well-prepared to tackle contemporary cyberthreats and contribute to the country’s digital economy. Ultimately, developing a skilled cybersecurity workforce is essential for Malaysia to thrive in the digital era and bolster national security.