BAE Systems Stratsec (Stratsec), the largest provider of independent information security consulting and testing services in Australia and South East Asia, is empowering the next generation of Malaysians with practical knowledge in the area of information technology and cybersecurity.
This initiative complements parent company, BAE Systems’ long-term strategy to establish partnerships with education stakeholders and transfer technology to Malaysia.
Stratsec collaborated with Universiti Malaya (UM) to host a Stratsec Universiti Malaya Student Security Fair 2012 at the UM campus. The purpose of the event is to engage and educate students about the growing concern of cybersecurity issues while imparting world-class knowledge and expertise about how to combat such threat. Stratsec connected with 100-150 students from Universiti Malaya’s Center for Information Technology and faculty members to provide an overview on vulnerability assessment, applications of security penetration testing, and advanced penetration testing techniques.
“This initiative is pertinent at a time where businesses and government agencies in Malaysia are no longer immune to cyber threat. This is how government and corporations need to think now – any infrastructure network can be compromised. The good news is that we can partner with educational institutions to adequately prepare the next generation of Malaysians by equipping them with practical skills” explained Peter Lilley, Chief Executive Officer of Stratsec.
“This initiative marks a key step in Stratsec’s regional strategy to develop partnerships with Malaysia and support national infrastructure with cutting edge cybersecurity solutions. Stratsec is also the first Malaysian-based member of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Pro Network, enabling Stratsec and our partners, access to world class expertise, processes and tools resulting in unparalleled security assurance,” continued Peter Lilley.
“The Malaysian government has highlighted that among their key priority is improving the quality of the education system and turning it into a world-class standard. As a key Malaysian education institution that champions knowledge, research and innovation, we welcome industrial initiatives that will contribute to the overall capacity building and development of our students. We support Malaysia’s vision to attain developed nation status by relying on the creativity, energy and initiative of the education sector as one of the primary driver of growth” said Prof Dr. Kurunathan Ratnavelu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), UM.
Stratsec conducted training on Application and Infrastructure Penetration Testing for staff at UM’s Center for Information Technology in March. The event also marked the successful completion of the training.
BAE Systems has had a presence in Malaysia for more than 20 years with an established South East Asia regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The Company is looking to play a significant role in Malaysia’s economic, technology and capacity development via partnerships with innovative SMEs, government agencies and key academic institutions.