Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia was appointed the Professorial Chair of Cybersecurity in the Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology, HELP University for a period of 5 years.
This Professorial Chair was established to recognize individuals with distinguished academic, professional achievements and meritorious service in the cybersecurity industry. Dato’ Dr Amirudin’s appointment to this position comes at the level of Professor for a period of 5 years.
Dr Tang U-Liang, Acting Dean and Head of School, Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology at HELP University said, “With Dato’ Dr. Amirudin’s appointment to this chair, we are very excited and committed to working with the government to deliver courses, training and certifications to the public in this crucial area of cybersecurity. We believe that every Malaysian need to be fully aware of the various cyber threats in the areas of personal data, finance and internet safety. HELP University is committed to delivering this knowledge to our students, staff and everybody.”
As a Professor, Dato’ Dr. Amirudin’s responsibilities involves advising and providing academic and industry input into the strengthening of cybersecurity courses and computing programme offered by HELP besides his speaking and lecturing commitments.
Dato’ Dr Amirudin has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years. He is the Chairman of the National ICT Standard Committee (ISCG) and Chairman of the Board of Governance Global Accredited Cybersecurity Education (GlobalACE) for the Malaysia chapter. He is currently a Board member of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) IT Sdn Bhd since 2016, Board of Director of Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan (AKPK), Patron of Crypto Valley Malaysia, Special Advisor for Malaysia Industry Forward Association (MIFA), Advisor for PIKOM Cybersecurity Committee, and he used to sit as a Board member to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Computer Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) as Council Board Member. Dato’ Dr Amirudin was conferred with ASEAN CSO30 Award Winner 2021 on 24 Nov and The Australian Malaysian Distinguished Alumni Award 2021 on 4 Dec 2021
He holds a PhD from the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering (ITEE) University of Queensland, Australia, an MBA from the University of Dubuque, Iowa, US and a Masters in Information Technology from UKM. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and University Utara Malaysia (UUM).
“The global cybersecurity landscape has evolved significantly. Emerging cyber threats become highly complicated, disastrous and pose serious risks as well as challenges to individuals and the nation. Cybercriminals today are aggressive, bold, and sophisticated. They developed new, effective, and advanced methods to prey on their victims for personal gain. Thus, consistent effort is critical to secure a nation’s cybersecurity, and it is no longer an individual job or IT department’s role. Everyone is responsible for managing personal information, data, safety, as well as other individuals. Hence, I am honoured with this appointment, and I will contribute my expertise and knowledge in strengthening cybersecurity in HELP.” said Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia.
On 6 Oct, 2021, CyberSecurity Malaysia and HELP signed a Memorandum of Agreement to kick start several activities, including training of HELP lecturers to be able to offer professional certification and training under the Global Accredited Cybersecurity Education (Global ACE) Certification scheme. To date, 6 members of the academic team at the Faculty has been trained.
HELP University has set up the Centre of Industry Revolution 4.0 under the Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology to manage this collaboration. Various cybersecurity competency-oriented courses will be offered under the centre.