March 28, 2014 (Fri): CyberSecurity Malaysia and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited (“BAE Systems”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 March 2014, at BAE Systems’s Global Delivery Centre in Menara Binjai, Kuala Lumpur. The objective of the MoU is to establish a general framework for potential future collaboration in the field of cyber security. Signed by the Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab and the Managing Director of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Mr. Martin Sutherland; the MoU creates a common understanding that it is desirable for both parties to work together in the development of capability and capacity in cyber security.
“We encourage local and international collaboration with key companies and organisations to provide Malaysia with the necessary technology, capability and capacity to make the Malaysian cyber environment more reliable, safe and trustworthy.” Said Dr. Amirudin.
A UK company, BAE Systems is a global supplier of cyber security products, solutions and services. It has invested in the development of several key technologies and capabilities which it believes would be appropriate in addressing the needs of Malaysia in realising its cyber vision.
“BAE Systems has invested, and will continue to invest, in Malaysia, not least through the establishment of its ‘Global Delivery Centre’ which uses Malaysian engineering and business talent for the purpose of establishing a significant in-country capability in support of Malaysia’s vision for a safer and more secure cyberspace in Malaysia.” Said Mr. Sutherland.
Malaysia has a long history of successful business collaboration and trading with the UK. In 2011, the UK was Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner among European Union countries with a total trade of RM13.5 billion while Malaysia was UK’s second largest trading partner in ASEAN. The total trade between Malaysia and the UK is expected to reach RM40 billion by 2016. Among the areas of focused between Malaysian and UK companies are education, investment, aircraft security, counter insurgency, and cyber security.
“Both CyberSecurity Malaysia and BAE Systems agree that it is necessary to establish and strengthen cooperative efforts related to development of capability and capacity in information security. We wish to formalize this collaboration under the auspices of a ‘Strategic Technology Collaboration’, which is planned to evolve over the course of time.” Added Dr. Amirudin.
“With the MoU signed, we now have the basis for business cooperation with CyberSecurity Malaysia for the purpose of developing a mutually beneficial relationship through which we can both leverage our respective knowledge, experience, capabilities and products to identify, explore and exploit commercial opportunities in relation to the provision of cyber security solutions in Malaysia.’ Mr.