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CSM Enhances Lab Facilities to Strengthen CyberSecurity

Hey there, Bay Area friends! Guess what buzz is currently making the rounds in the cybersecurity world? Yes, you guessed it right, it’s about our counterparts in Malaysia. They’re stepping up their game, big time, in the data protection field.

In Kuala Lumpur, the Digital Ministry has been making some impressive strides, working hand-in-hand with their in-house agency, CyberSecurity Malaysia, or CSM as the locals lovingly call it. What they’ve achieved, folks, is pretty remarkable. These tech gurus have enhanced their cybersecurity lab facilities and guess what? These labs have been given the golden nod of approval and have received international acclaim.

Here are the numbers to set the record straight: 23 accredited labs to date, each focusing on a different facet of cybersecurity. Imagine this! Labs dedicated to digital forensics, cyber threat analysis, cryptography development…just to name a few. It’s as if they have a whole Cyber Avengers squad out there!

And the innovation doesn’t stop there. An interesting move by CSM is their recently introduced pre-emptive service. In simple terms, this team is all about foreseeing risks and taking proactive measures to stop any potential cyber-incident from happening. And how do they do that? By collecting key data from a multitude of internal and external sources within an organization!

Talking about being hands-on, right?

Their pre-emptive operation has five main areas, one cooler than the other. Is there anything as spooky and intriguing as dark web analysis? Or how about surface attack analysis, intelligence data collection, and open source analysis? To top it all off, they’ve designed an information sharing platform that is just comprehensive!

This all sounds pretty outstanding, doesn’t it? But wait until you hear this next part!

From 2013 to 2024 up until March, the Department of Personal Data Protection in Malaysia has run 215 programs aimed at creating awareness regarding data protection laws. This approach is aimed at safeguarding personal data in commercial transactions throughout the nation. They say prevention is better than cure, but in this case, it’s better than a data breach.

As a precautionary step, they’ve introduced a requirement for a data leak notification to be submitted as soon as one occurs, and not just for hacking threats, but any kind of personal data leakage. Swift and actionable data breach feedback… pretty clever, wouldn’t you say?

This way, they can analyze the information about the incident, determine the extent of the damage, and take steps to prevent further leaks and control the impact of ongoing leaks. It’s a bit like stopping the flood while it’s still just a leak in the dam. Smart, don’t you agree?

So, there you have it – this is what’s currently cooking on the other side of the globe in Malaysia. Let’s hope we keep innovating and catching bad guys just as well here in the Bay Area too. Keep that cybersecurity strong, friends!

by Morgan Phisher | HEAL Security

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