KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has made significant strides in cybersecurity research and development and in raising awareness of the importance of cybersecurity.

UTM’s partnership with Mastercard to mitigate emerging cybersecurity threats

As cyber threats increase, UTM recognizes the need for more robust security measures and the critical role that R&D, education and awareness play in mitigating cyber risk.

According to UTM Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Ir. Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail: “UTM’s cybersecurity research and development efforts are led by renowned researchers who have worked tirelessly to identify and address the latest cyber threats to individuals and organizations.”

Prof. Fauzi added: “Through their work, UTM researchers through our Computer Science Faculty, Center of Excellence (CoE) and research groups have developed innovative solutions and technologies that help protect sensitive information, systems and networks from compromise.”

Cybersecurity education and research

To support this, UTM not only starts research to meet the needs of the market and industry, but also reskills and develops talent in the field. “We are ranked second (2nd) in Malaysia for Computer Science for 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject and offer a Master of Cybersecurity from the Faculty of Computer Science and several professional programs from the Razak Faculty of Technology and Computer Science on.”, he added.

Where else in the R&D field, the UTM Research Alliance drives research and commercialization activities in the fields of data science and cybersecurity in the smart digital community.

The university also has strong partnerships with agencies such as Cyber ​​Security Malaysia. Since 2017, UTM has also been awarded Premier Digital Tech University status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

In addition, UTM has a renowned center of excellence known as the Big Data Research Center and the Information Assurance and Security Research Group (IASRG). These centers have started developing “eyeNoon”, a research product that acts as a 4th generation firewall while managing to filter unproductive websites.

The story goes on

On the other hand, UTM has several research groups dedicated to research and consulting related to cybersecurity. Multimedia Protection (MProtec), Software for Trusted Environment (SoftTrust) and Cyber-Physical System (CPS) are working on Cyber ​​​​Threat Intelligence (CTI), Digital and Vehicle Forensics projects that combine digital solutions with AI, data analysis and economic Security technologies require.

awareness and training

In addition to research and development, UTM also actively raises awareness of cybersecurity issues. Through its outreach programs, UTM educates individuals and organizations on how to protect themselves from cyber threats.

Therefore, our academics, researchers and students regularly organize and participate in hackathons to make this a reality. For example, during the Algorand-Reach Intervarsity Hackathon in Blockchain 2022, three (3) UTM teams of students managed to generate significant profits for projects titled “OWNTRAD”, “PROJECT SMART COURSE” and “BundleIT”.

UTM has also been commissioned by the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) to train government officials this year covering three (3) levels of certification in blockchain technology.

Establishment of university-industry satellite laboratories and innovation centers

To ensure sustained collaboration between academia and industry in this area, UTM has set up joint laboratories and innovation centers to increase its impact.

UTM has worked with various companies including OK Blockchain Center Sdn, a Japanese software development company. Bhd. (OBC) and Bid Now Sdn. Bhd. and once founded the UTM-CSM Cyber ​​​​Threat Intelligence Lab.

In addition, since 2016 the UTM-Ericsson 5G Innovation Center has been set up in UTM Kuala Lumpur (UTM KL). In 2020, UTM was founded by the Security Operation Center (SOC) in cooperation with MDEC and Tecforte.

Additionally, UTM recently entered into a collaboration with fintech industry Mastercard. This global partnership includes joint research efforts and proof-of-concept initiatives to identify and mitigate emerging cybersecurity threats and accelerate the implementation of privacy-enhancing technologies for financial services in Malaysia through the establishment of the UTM-Mastercard Cyber ​​Innovation Hub .

promote synergies

Partnering with our industry partners will facilitate the development of combined R&D capabilities in selected areas of cybersecurity and analytics, paving the way for more meaningful innovation and collaboration in this area.

Working in partnership with industry and government, UTM’s satellite lab and innovation centers promise to advance cybersecurity education, research and innovation in Malaysia and beyond.

Based on past and ongoing initiatives, it is evident that UTM is committed to pioneering excellence in research, education and innovation in cybersecurity as required by industry and the general public to thrive in the complex and ever-changing cyber landscape to find your way.

About Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

UTM is a leading innovation-driven research university in engineering, science and technology in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pagoh, Malaysia. It is known for being at the forefront of technical and technological knowledge and know-how. UTM works based on the core values ​​of integrity, synergy, excellence and sustainability. These values ​​guide UTM community practices and are embedded in the strategic directions that drive the university to greatness. For more information about UTM, see


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