Thailand among top 20 nations focusing on cybersecurity

Economy August 28, 2017 01:00

By SIRIVISH TOOMGUM
THE NATION

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AS THAILAND continues to grow technologically and through more connected devices, this will naturally increase the attack surface and there could be an increase in cybercrime activity, according to a security adviser.



However, Thailand was better placed than most to cope with the higher risk, said Leonard Kleinman, chief cyber security adviser of the US security solutions provider RSA.

Kleinman pointed to the Cybersecurity Maturity Index, which was recently updated to |promote Thailand and many other Asia Pacific countries, including Japan, into the top 20 nations for cybersecurity commitment. 

“This is encouraging as it says to me that the issue of cybersecurity is on their national agenda and something that |nations are looking to address,” he added.

Regarding a shortage of people employed in cyber-security around the world, Kleinman said demand definitely outstrips supply. “However, there is much one can do to attract and retain good cyber folk and it starts with creating the right culture and having good leader-ship. 

“You need good practitioners to facilitate good cybersecurity practice and work technology in a methodical manner. I see the |issue as two-fold. First, there’s a steady need for practitioners |that do the heavy lifting at the coalface. Then there’s the quest for practitioners at a leadership level, analysts with managerial pedigree who can drive the overall security strategy.”

RSA is engaged with various educational institutions and governments to look at the many different ways of addressing this |challenge. 

For instance, it is working with Temasek Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic, both in Singapore, to train cybersecurity practitioners, their aim being to train approximately 100 stu-dents to become Level 1 & 2 Analysts and Cyber Security Operations Centre Managers. This is part of a three-year, full-time course leading to a Diploma of Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.

Need for awareness

“There needs to be some basic level of cybersecurity awareness as part of the education curriculum,” said Kleinman.

“Given the pervasive nature of the Internet and associated online services, it just makes |sense to do so, even to the extent that cybersecurity should be embedded into high school |computer courses and possibly into fundamental units at university. 

“Universities around the world are now also offering undergraduate courses in cybersecurity, which goes to show just how significant the growth in this industry has been.”