OIC to come up with network to detect cyber threats
22 November 2011(The Brunei Times)
THE Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is looking to create an
early warning network to prevent the spread of cyber threats from one
member country to another as this can cause huge economic loss to
Speaking at a technical workshop held at The Empire Hotel and Country
Club, the chair of OIC-Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
said developing countries are at major risk of cyber attack due to their
limited resources and capabilities, which has resulted in some of these
countries now becoming epicentres of cyber crimes.
"Cyber crimes have the potential to cause huge economic losses and
that is why developed countries are increasing their focuses and budget
on cyber security," said General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd
Azumi Mohamad (Rtd).
"So we have got to develop preventative measures, we have got to
develop capabilities to counter or the very least is to minimise...or in
the event that it should happen, at least to provide the correct
response," he said during a press conference after the launching of the
Intensifying their efforts to neutralise cyber threats, OIC-CERT
members are working on an early warning system to prevent threats
such as hacking, cyber fraud and phishing spreading from nation to
"When you have a collaboration among OIC member countries, the
passage of information, in the event a member country experiences such an incident...if another
member country has knowledge of such potential at least we can pass on the information," said
General Tan Sri Dato Mohd Azumi.
Citing examples, the OIC-CERT chair said prominent government agencies such as the UK's Ministry of
Defence and the United States' Department of Defence have fallen prey to hackers, causing an
international security incident.
Brunei government agencies are also not spared, with the Anti-Corruption Bureau's website hacked
and defaced late last year.
Shamsul Bahri Hj Kamis, CEO of IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS), the IT security
provider to the government, said they are continually monitoring vulnerabilities in government
websites and networks.
"We are looking into this proactively from time to time. We monitor vulnerabilities hoping that any
immediate vulnerabilities can be fixed almost immediately to avoid any exploitation," Shamsul Bahri
The workshop is attended by participants from 14 out of 22 OIC-CERT member countries. Present to
launch the workshop was Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Wahab
- Quratul-Ain BandialThe Brunei Times