Cyber Security Research

Sharpening the instrument of transformation by bringing together cutting-edge community engaged research in a continuously evolving landscape.

The Research Division of CyberSecurity Malaysia is responsible for developing, coordinating and stimulating a continuous research activity at CyberSecurity Malaysia and for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Research Division is divided into two types of research i.e. Strategic Policy Research and Cyber Technology Research (Cryptography).

Strategic Policy Research aims to produce high quality research and policy papers in the field of information security so that these documents will be the source of reference for stakeholders, in order to make well-informed decisions. We also provide strategic advice and feedback to stakeholders' enquiries on cyber security matters. In addition, we spearhead and establish new initiatives - such as collaborations with relevant local and international parties, and implementation of cyber security technologies.

Examples of successful initiatives are:

  • The project development and management of 'A Study on the Laws of Malaysia to Accommodate the Legal Challenges in the Cyber Environment'.


  • The establishment of the OIC-CERT (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team) - a collaboration to assist OIC member countries establish or strengthen their cyber security capabilities.


  • The establishment of a strategic collaboration between CyberSecurity Malaysia and international agencies such as the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA), Japan and the Telecommunication Development Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-D).


  • The establishment of strategic and working level collaborations between CyberSecurity Malaysia and other government ministries and agencies in the development of the National Cryptography Policy

CyberSecurity Malaysia and other government ministries and agencies in the development of the National Cryptography Policy

Cyber Technology Research leads and conducts research and development (R&D) in various aspects of cryptography and its related fields among others are cryptographic algorithm, key management, cryptanalysis and applied cryptography.

Cryptography can be succinctly defined as the study of how to establish secure communication in an adversarial environment. Due to the numerous technological improvements and advancements, cryptography has become one of the most applied and active disciplines in information security.

 

"Made-to-measure answers to new global threats are needed to move the research agenda forward. It is our duty to continuously embark on exploration of the complexity and interconnectivity of the cybersecurity ecology."

 

Lt Col (R) Sazali Sukardi, Vice President, ResearchDivision, CyberSecurity Malaysia

 

 

Examples of current and future research include:

  • Improving the security and/or efficiency of cryptographic applications
  • Designing new, provable-secure cryptographic primitives and protocols
  • Formalising and analysing common cryptographic practices
  • Cryptanalysis
  • CyberSecurity Malaysia and other government ministries and agencies in the development of the National Cryptography Policy

CyberSecurity Malaysia's Research Division is headed by a Vice President, who has an overall administrative responsibility to plan, execute and accomplish strategic research directions and framework of CyberSecurity Malaysia.

In addition, the Vice President is also expected to oversee the various different departments' research activities within CyberSecurity Malaysia that aim to shape and influence the nation's cyber security strategic environment and coordinate research collaborations with other research institutions, higher learning institutions and private sectors. Together, this will create the synergy for a successful Research and Development in information security.