KUALA LUMPUR, (08 September 2016) – Cyber Range Malaysia, a virtual environment used for cyber technology development and cyber warfare training launched by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation today.

“With the launch of Cyber Range Malaysia, organizations can now utilize state-of-the-art facilities to simulate cyber-attacks. This testing and validating of their systems should result in greater resilience of their critical network infrastructure and operations. Cyber Range Malaysia utilises technologies similar to some of the largest cyber ranges around the world such as the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency National Range.” said YB. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Cyber Range Malaysia was developed under a public-private collaboration among CyberSecurity Malaysia, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and Cyber Intelligence Sdn. Bhd.

The establishment of Cyber Range Malaysia also provides an education and training platform for Malaysia to introduce Certified Cyber Defender Associate (CCDA) courses for network administrators, information security officers and C-level information technology professionals. According to Minister, YB. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, MOSTI’s agency – CyberSecurity Malaysia – targets to train and certify 10,000 cyber security professionals by 2020 because it is vital to develop a strong pool of cyber security talent in order to build a dynamic cyber security eco-system that can support Malaysia’s transformation into a high income digital economy.

“With Cyber Range Malaysia, we hope to encourage more to join the profession as well as enable cyber security professionals to hone their skills and stay a step ahead in the ever-evolving cyber security landscape.” The Minister added.

The Cyber Range Malaysia is developed by CyberSecurity Malaysia in collaboration with IIUM, a premier Global Islamic University; and Cyber Intelligence Sdn. Bhd., a home-grown cyber security solution and service provider.

YBhg. Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin, Rector of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) said: “the collaboration between CyberSecurity Malaysia and IIUM’s has resulted in the formation of the CSM-IIUM Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CoE), where Cyber Range Malaysia is one of its product. IIUM is proud to host Cyber Range Malaysia that will churn out Malaysian Cyber Defenders to protect our country’s organisations and enterprises network, through its training and services. This will eventually lead to our nation’s strategic initiative on self-reliance.”

YB. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation officiated the launching ceremony today at the Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology (KICT), IIUM Campus, Gombak Selangor, Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, 30 Ogos – Juara Kejohanan Roket Kebangsaan 2016 (KRK2016) bakal mewakili Malaysia dalam Water Rocket Event peringkat Asia Pasifik bersempena dengan Persidangan Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) ke-23 di Laguna, Filipina.

“Penyertaan pelajar ke peringkat antarabangsa akan dapat meningkatkan pengetahuan dan minat pelajar dalam jangka masa panjang seterusnya menyumbang kepada peningkatan peratusan pemilihan Sains, Teknologi, Kejuruteraan dan Matematik (STEM) di kalangan para pelajar” ujar Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau.

Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau juga menyatakan harapan kepada wakil Malaysia untuk mengulangi kejayaan muncul sebagai juara dalam pertandingan tersebut pada tahun 2014.

Juara turut membawa pulang Piala Pusingan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi serta sebuah Teleskop Celestron Nextstar4SE dan wang tunai RM1,500. Naib Johan akan menerima Sijil Kecemerlangan, Plak, Pingat manakala guru pengiring akan menerima Sijil Penghargaan dan sebuah Teleskop Levenhuk Strike 1000 Pro serta wang tunai RM1,000. Tempat ketiga akan menerima Teleskop Skywatcher Skymax90 dan wang tunai RM 500.

Turut menerima hadiah pada kejohanan yang bertemakan Rocket Science ini adalah Pemenang Kategori Pembentangan Terbaik, Kategori Sasaran Terbaik, Kategori Payload Terbaik dan Kategori Roket Bahan Api Pepejal (Solid-Fuel Rocket). Hadiah berupa plak, pingat dan sijil kecemerlangan bagi setiap kategori.

KUALA LUMPUR, AUGUST 28 – Malaysia is in its final stage of drafting the Antarctic Bill, expected to be tabled in the Parliament by 2017. In this regard, Malaysia hopes to be a consultative member of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in the near future.

“As a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) and the Madrid Protocol as well a full member of SCAR, Malaysia will continue to play an active role in SCAR activities including initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific researches in the Antarctic region.” said YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Azhar bin Hj Yahaya Secretary General of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

This was announced by Mohd Azhar at the Closing Ceremony of 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The SCAR OSC which begun on 22nd August ended today with the attendance of more than 900 participants from 40 countries.

The SCAR 2016 OSC and its related meetings have generated a wealth of data, information and significant findings from the research efforts. More than 600 research papers related to the theme of ‘Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics’ have been shared throughout the Open Science.

“This convergence of the world’s best Polar scientists researching in Antarctic through the Open Science Conference has allowed everyone present to exchange knowledge on advances in Antarctica’s researches, ideas and experiences besides networking for future collaborations. Hopefully from this conference, new areas or research gaps identified will be addressed by the international community guided by the recent SCAR Horizon Scan.”

SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, is a committee of ICSU, the International Council for Science and it is charged with the initiation, promotion and coordination of scientific research in Antarctica. (www.scar.org).

SCAR meets every two years to conduct its administrative business at the SCAR Delegates Meeting. The Biennial SCAR Meeting includes three sets of meetings that occur consecutively in even numbered years.

Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the SCAR Biennial Meetings and Open Science Conference. These meetings draw world-wide attention to Antarctic issues and provide an opportunity for scientists from various disciplines and countries to present their work, establish networking and become more involved in SCAR science activities. Malaysia becomes full member of SCAR since 2008.