Brunei renews cybersecurity cooperation with Microsoft

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THE Brunei government has renewed its cybersecurity cooperation with Microsoft in the wake of increasing malicious security incidents online.

IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS) and Microsoft yesterday inked a Security Cooperation Programme (SCP), helping the government to address threats to national security and public safety through collaboration in computer incident response, attack mitigation and citizen outreach.

The latest deal, a renewal of the first SCP signed in March 2010, included additional online training and webinars with updated cybersecurity topics as well as information exchanges.

Microsoft Brunei Country Manager Haniza Zakariya said the SCP is an important initiative against online threats as security incident reports of malicious nature are expected to increase with growing broadband access.

In 2012, the Brunei Computer Emergency Response team (BruCERT) under ITPSS recorded 1,000 security incident reports, half of which were classified as incidents of malicious nature.

A rise in international bandwidth and expansion of fibre-based broadband services have enabled citizens to get online easier and faster. According to the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI), the average download speed in Brunei has improved to 4.83 Mbps from 2.27 Mbps in 2012.

“In today’s rapidly changing environment, it is important to get and share information as quickly as possible when faced with cybersecurity threats,” said the CEO of ITPSS.

Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis added that they are proactively working with Microsoft to provide training and knowledge transfer on the latest cybersecurity topics to their constituents, noting that prevention is better than cure.

“Partnering with a technology leader like Microsoft, with their deep-rooted experience and global know-how in this space, makes a lot of sense,” he said.

Witnessing the signing at The Empire Hotel & Country Club was the Energy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in his capacity as e-Government Leadership Forum Chairman, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar.

Also present was the President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, Cesar Cernuda, who said the SCP is another key step in supporting the government to achieve the National Vision 2035.

“Like the success of our strategic e-government initiatives that we have been working on with the Brunei government, we are compounding Microsoft’s strengths by working in close collaboration with local partners such as ITPSS on this programme,” he explained.

Cernuda said their presence in the country since 2006 has enabled close relations with businesses and the government, working together to boost the economy.

With more than 60 per cent of Brunei’s population online, and more people as well as business using various devices to connect to the Internet, he pointed out that security and privacy threats are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and malicious.

“We believe that security and privacy are huge societal challenges that demand deep collaboration and continuous improvement,” he said.

The Brunei Times