16 Sept 2015

BruCERT signs MoU at APCERT and OIC-CERT AGM & Annual Conference 2015

KUALA LUMPUR – Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from 36 countries including Brunei Darussalam have converged in Kuala Lumpur to discuss cyber security matters focusing on making the Internet ecosystem cleaner and healthier. Among the cyber security issues discussed were information sharing, enhancement of members’ effectiveness and efficiency in technical and administrative capabilities, strategic directions and future challenges.

The event brought together two regional CERT organizations – the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) and the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) – that held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Conference under one roof. The joint event was hosted by CyberSecurity Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur from 6 to 10 September 2015. Last year, the OIC-CERT AGM & Annual Conference was hosted in Brunei Darussalam by the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).

General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), Advisor to the OIC-CERT Chair said, “With the theme ‘Bridging the World – Go Cyber Green’, it is focusing on making the Internet ecosystem cleaner and healthier by eradicating and mitigating cyber threats effectively. This has been a continuous initiative by the OIC-CERT and APCERT to enhance cyber security for the mutual benefit of all parties involved.”

The OIC-CERT Chairperson, Engr. Badar Ali Al-Salehi of the Oman National CERT said, “Having both platforms in a single event is an effective way of bridging the collaborative gaps to address interborder cyber threats and incidents. The OIC-CERT and APCERT in one event bring the true sense of Bridging the World where information security professionals from 36 countries converged on aninformation-sharing mission.” These two collaborative renowned CERT platforms have contributed vastly in global cyber security domain, which provide mutual benefits of all parties involved.

During the event, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between Brunei’s ITPSS Sdn Bhd and CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) with the specific objectives of establishing a relationship in the field of digital and cyber forensic research, collaboration on exchange of information programs and to continuously monitor the progress of cooperative activities. ITPSS and CSM will also develop a focused cooperation on joint research activities, joint capacity building activities and sharing of best practices related to digital and cyber forensics.

According to Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis, CEO of ITPSS Sdn Bhd and BruCERT, “The MoU is part of ITPSS’ long term plan to increase its own capabilities in the field of cybersecurity in general and Digital and Cyber Forensics in particular. It would also complement the Cyber Green initiative of both OIC-CERT and APCERT when adopting the principles and objectives of the initiative to Brunei Darussalam’s cyber environment. ITPSS would continue to seek more strategic partnerships in the near future.”