Malaysia's Prime Minister Urges Stepped-Up Efforts in Cybersecurity

Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has warned Southeast Asian nations of the increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals who pose risks to countries and governments around the world.

Speaking at last week’s ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the minister urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to beef up their capacity in dealing with cyber threats, Xinhua reported.

“We need to step up our capacity building to ensure that governments and law enforcement officials remain ahead of existing cyber threats, and on the pulse of emerging ones,” he said.

Razak also said Eastern cultural values could come into play in preventing indecency and anarchy from seeping into ASEAN environment that sees a growing population of information and communication technology users.

An overwhelming majority of ASEAN citizens use information and communication technology in different facets of their lives today, Xinhua said. As example, cellphone use in that region grew from an average of 4.3 percent to more than 76 percent by the end of 2009.

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