Students from 17 institutions all over the country gathered and showed off their hacking skills at the UTP-HAX National Hacking Competition 2014 (UTP HAX ’14).
The hacking competition was organised by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in collaboration with CyberSecurity Malaysia, KPerak Implementation & Coordination Corporation (KPerak), Fortinet, Yayasan UTP and Alumni UTP.
The two-day event is a multi-tiered and team-based hacking competition, modelled after the Cyberlympic Hacking Competition. It acts as the preliminary round for all Malaysian teams to advance to the Regional Asia and World Hacking Competition.
“The UTP-HAX 2014 is a platform for students to exercise their hacking skills ethically and test to what extent they know the vulnerability of a computer system. With the loopholes that they encounter, they should be able to later design a more secure system, very much like developing an antivirus to existing and prospective computer virus,” said Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohd Hani, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), UTP.
Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia said: “We need more than just tools and solutions to protect against hackers. There must, in particular, be better training of network administrators or those entrusted with safeguarding computer networks. These cyber security personnel have to know how to anticipate the nature of threats from hackers.To beat a hacker, they need to think like one. And this is exactly what UTP-HAX 2014 competition is all about. Participants will undertake an attempt to penetrate networks or computer systems using the same methods and techniques a hacker utilizes. Through the UTP-HAX National Hacking Competition 2014, we believe participants will gain greater experience and insights on how to ensure a safe and secure cyberspace.”
“KPerak involvement in organising UTP-HAX can be seen as a good form of joint ventures. Companies need to shift their mind-set from being the hunted to being the hunters. Every company should establish a “red team” focused on identifying security weaknesses before the bad guys are able to do so. KPerak as the Perak state government agencies will intensify our efforts to provide information related to cyber security to the peoples. We are also planning to establish a Securities Data Laboratory in the future,” said En. Mohd Nazaruddin . Mohd Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer, KPerak INC.
Dato' Seri George Chang, Fortinet's Vice President for Southeast Asia & Hong Kong said: "Highly skilled security professionals play a vital role in the war against escalating cyber crime. As a leading network security player, Fortinet is excited to be able to partner UTP for this ethical hacking competition and help hone the skills and instincts of Malaysia's next generation of cyber security talent.
This year’s champion was MMU and they walked away with RM10,000 cash prize and medals.
About CyberSecurity Malaysia
CyberSecurity Malaysia is the national cyber security specialist agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
The Malaysian Government gazetted the role of CyberSecurity Malaysia by Order of the Ministers of Federal Government Vol.53, No.13, dated 22 June 2009 (revised and gazetted on 26 June 2013 [P.U. (A) 184] by identifying CyberSecurity Malaysia as an agency that provides specialised cybersecurity services and continuously identifies possible areas that may be detrimental to national security and public safety.
As a specialist agency, CyberSecurity Malaysia is also required to support as well as provide technical assistance and training services for national cyber crisis management, as stated in Paragraph 16.1, Order No. 24 of the Dasar dan Mekanisme Pengurusan Krisis Siber Negara (Policy and Mechanism for National Cyber Crisis Management) by the National Security Council.
CyberSecurity Malaysia provides specialised cyber security services, as follows:
- Cyber Security Responsive Services
- Cyber Security Proactive Services
- Cyber Security Certification Services
- Outreach and Capacity Building
- Industry Development
- International & Government Engagement
- Strategic Research
CyberSecurity Malaysia is the owner of the following brand names, trademarks and websites:
- Cyber Security Malaysia
- MyCyberSecurity Clinic (MyCSC)
From Tin Mines to M.I.N.D Industries
The KPerak Implementation and Coordination Corporation otherwise known to many as KPerak INC. is an agency formed by the Perak State government. Initiated in March 2007, KPerak INC. became the anchor for the development of ICT in Perak. The company acts as a facilitator for ICT-related projects, in realizing the government’s main vision of developing Perak into a full-fledged K-State by the year 2020.
KPerak Inc. has evolved into an innovative agency that continues to grow with the addition of experts, thinkers and implementers in technology, communication and research as part of its vibrant team. Situated in Bandar Meru Raya, Ipoh, KPerak INC. is also responsible in overseeing and encouraging MSC practise among private companies, private and public higher learning institutions in the state.
The alphabet ‘K’ was abbreviated from the word ‘Knowledge’ and encompassed the vision of ICT in the state as whole. This was done through providing the ideal environment for the knowledge on ICT to develop and nurtured in society, increasing the human capital’s skills in ICT that would help them grow and become competitive in the future, as well as guiding bright minds to share and develop ideas to further enhance the state and its visions.
Our vision, goals and objectives can be translated through 5K’s initiatives which are K-Government, K-Economy, K-Infrastructure, K-Environment, and K-Society.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.kperak.com.my and our Facebook page at KPerak INC Corporation.
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