28 September 2017:Facing the challenges of a cybersecurity ecosystem head-on!
The School of Computing and Creative Media (SCCM) at KDU University College recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kaapagam Education Services, and in doing so launched KALAM, a Cybersecurity Platform, together with Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM).
This new initiative aims to address the pressing need for manpower with adequate security skills, security awareness, and local security products, particularly in ASEAN.
This new ecosystem will also be supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Microsoft Malaysia and Trend Micro, while Internet Initiative of Japan will offers its cloud service, IIJ GIO.
KDU University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Hiew Pang Leang, Cyber Security Malaysia CEO Dr. Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab and Kaapagam Education Services CEO Clement Arul
The ecosystem will creative a vibrant cybersecurity community with students in the University College and professionals in the industry, enabling students, academics and industry players to collaborate and cooperate on various elements of cybersecurity, thereby creating more opportunities for research and development.
KDU students will be supported by this new ecosystem when working on their final year project, which is to be grounded on industry security requirements. Professionals will mentor the students through their projects in creating local cybersecurity products, while ultimately training to become entrepreneurs in the industry.
Students will also gain access to a Cyber Security Ecosystem Laboratory, where they can build local products, fund successful IP prototypes into commercialisation, search for internships, and network with security experts. This library will also provide a resource rich platform to keep abreast of the latest developments in the ICT industry.
A severe shortage of talent in the IT security sector, amounting to some 1.8 million by 2022, has been forecasted in the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study. Meanwhile, according to the Cyber Security Ventures Market Report, the global managed security services market is expected to explode from USD 8 billion in 2015 to USD 30 billion by 2020, and the threat intelligence security market size from USD 3 billion in 2015 to USD 5.8 billion by 2020.
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