Cybersecurity discussions to the fore

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management (CIBFM) – with the support of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) – organised a seminar titled ‘Cybersecurity 2020: How Safe Are You?’ at The Rizqun International Hotel on Thursday.

Invited as a speaker during the event was Managing Director of Responsible Cyber Pte Dr Magda Lilia Chelly.

Dr Magda, who has a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering, is one of the top 20 cybersecurity experts worldwide, and one of the top 50 cybersecurity influencer globally.

AMBD Acting Assistant Managing Director as Acting Chief Executive Officer of CIBFM Hajah Sufinah binti Haji Sahat in her remark said that in June 2019, AMBD reported in its sharing session ‘The Tech Supervisor,’ that there had been three cybersecurity-related incidents which involved credit card fraud using bank identification attack; web browser tampering; and isolated malware infection, along with an additional near-miss incident involving phishing emails which used spoofing and impersonation techniques to trick employees.

“Brunei Darussalam has taken up several approaches and strategies such as the implementation of cybersecurity services by Ministry of Transport and InfoCommunications (MTIC) in 2018 and the on-going establishment of National Cybersecurity Centre. These initiatives aim to improve the level of awareness towards cybersecurity threats in the public and private sectors in Brunei Darussalam, especially towards safeguarding Critical Information Infrastructure (CII); improve response capabilities towards cyber incidents via effective cyber crisis management; improve legal enforcement capabilities in mitigating cyber threats through National Digital Forensics Laboratory services; and improve the level of public awareness on cyber threats,” she said.

ABOVE & BELOW: AMBD Acting Assistant Managing Director as Acting Chief Executive Officer of CIBFM Hajah Sufinah binti Haji Sahat delivers her speech; and a section of the attendees. PHOTOS: CIBFM & SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

The seminar began with a keynote address titled ‘I Know You Have Been Hacked.’

This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘How Safe Are You?’ led by AMBD Manager Muhammad Aziman bin Haji Munawar. The panellists were Dr Magda Lilia Chelly; Head of Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) Haji Mas Zuraime bin Haji Abdul Hamid and Regional System Engineering Leader, FireEye Anping Kwee.

The panellists shared insight on how to reduce cyber risks as well as manage and respond to cyber incidents effectively, before opening the floor to the audience for a question and answer session.

The cybersecurity seminar is part of CIBFM’s cybersecurity series which included a masterclass from February 4 – 5, covering in-depth holistic security strategy and interconnection between various security domains.

CIBFM’s next event is ‘Directors’ Forum’ on March 17.