Why Malaysia needs cyber security, privacy, and safety laws

By Nurin Najmina Zaidi

GOMBAK, 15 January 2022: Over time, especially after the pandemic, the majority of the digital world has reached a point where security and privacy are the most significant topics to address on the internet, a symposium was recently told.

The Senior Vice President, Cyber Security Serba Dinamik, Assoc. Prof. Col. (R) Dato’ Dr. Husin Jazri discussed how imperative cyber security and privacy are and why laws are needed. 

“We do have laws before actually, the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), Computer Crimes Act 1997, that look into the crime aspect of the space,” he explained. 

The issue of whether all those existing laws are enough was raised by him in the symposium. “Is it adequate to sustain as well as to enable the digital space to be more safe or secure to everyone?”

Not just to the government staff, law enforcers, but also to the children between the age of 2 to 4 who already have access to the internet and accounts on social media platforms such as Tik Tok.

“Which is of concern, as other than opportunities, there are also threats,” he added.

He further commented that the perspective of cyber security or privacy especially is very important to be also involved so that those issues concerned can be properly addressed.

He did not think that the digital-related laws can sustain that kind of longevity if the traditional laws or the basic laws can sustain within 10 years without major revision. Thus, he suggested that it required a shorter revision time.

“A revision and a relook have to be done by everybody, the authorities, as well as the practitioners and the users. We need to work together towards it,” he emphasised.

The last point that he mentioned is that nowadays the domain of cyber security and the domain of privacy has enlarged to become equally likely.

“Meaning that the last time we talk about so much on cyber security, the technical centric of it, the need for protection for enterprises but now the issue of privacy has become as great as intense and as to why cybersecurity at this moment, there are huge gaps in the privacy context within the digital space,” he highlighted.

The Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability 2022 symposium held on Friday (14 January) was organised by the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology (KICT) via zoom.***

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