Malaysia to have first 5G cybersecurity test lab by 2023, says CyberSecurity Malaysia

Malaysia to have first 5G cybersecurity test lab by 2023, says CyberSecurity Malaysia
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CYBERJAYA (March 30): Malaysia will have its first 5G cybersecurity test lab by 2023, said CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.

The facility, to be located within CSM’s premises in Cyberjaya, will encompass a comprehensive 5G testbed ecosystem incorporating technologies such as a 5G radio access network, edge network, core network, cloud application as well as end user devices equipped with security test tools.

“The lab will not only execute test cases pertaining to the Internet of things (IoT) and telecommunications security, but also improve the country’s preparedness in responding to cyberattacks in relation to 5G,” he told a press conference after the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony among CSM, Celcom Axiata Bhd and Huawei Malaysia here today.

The MoU, to establish the objective of understanding, learning, managing and reducing threats related to 5G security, was signed by Amirudin on behalf of CSM, Celcom CEO Mohamad Idham Nawawi and Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had reportedly said the test lab would be a model for end-to-end cybersecurity, covering a number of scenarios and offering services inclusive of mobile applications and hardware evaluation.

Idham, meanwhile, said the collaboration further signifies Celcom’s commitment and vigilance to developing and innovating cybersecurity, especially in preparation for the introduction of 5G technology.

He said the company plans to engage and synergise with its established business partners from various technology pillars and leverage the lab as a platform for research and analytics of secure IoT solutions.