Communications ministry to look into cyber security, personal data protection – MalaysiaNow

Fahmi Fadzil says his ministry is looking at possible immediate solutions to the issue.
The communications and digital ministry is scrutinising cyber security issues to protect the personal data of users in the country from being exposed to online threats such as fraud or information theft.
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the issue of cyber security and personal data should be given priority, and that the ministry was looking at possible immediate solutions to the issue.
“We must have an understanding that data is a national treasure. With data we can do various activities, we can make donations, help poor children, make sure that those who want to go to hospital get priority – everything revolves around data, safe data, then our future is safe,” he said in Bicara Naratif programe produced by RTM News at Angkasapuri last night.
He also urged all large data holders to contact CyberSecurity Malaysia regarding cyber security audits to ensure the security of user data in the country.
Fahmi said this was an important matter as from 2017 to date, the country had lost more than 100 million sets of personal data, which were stolen by various irresponsible parties.
Meanwhile Fahmi, who is also Lembah Pantai MP, advised the victims of fraud or scams to lodge reports, urging them not to be ashamed to contact the authorities.
“Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, don’t be shy, dial 997. This is the National Scam Response Centre under the care of Bank Negara Malaysia, so calls can be made between 8am and 8pm,” he said.
Asked about the establishment of the Malaysian Media Council, Fahmi said he had asked the ministry to present the matter and he would be briefed within a week or two.
“I see the task and function of journalists as one of the pillars of the concept of government. The media makes sure everything (legislative, executive and judicial) runs smoothly. My deputy, Teo Nie Ching and I, are consistent on this matter. We will look into what is appropriate,” he said.
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