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Sarawak Energy Holds Inaugural Information Day
State power utility takes proactive steps to help raise awareness on information security and governance
KUCHING, 1st AUGUST 2016, MONDAY: Sarawak Energy held its first ever Information Day recently to raise the importance of information governance including cyber security and personal data protection, all which are crucial aspects in the power utility’s daily operations.
Organised by the Information Technology Services Department with support from Legal, People and Leadership Development and Corporate Communication, today’s event themed “Our Information, Our Responsibility- secure, trustworthy and accessible” is a culmination of a month-long internal campaign to highlight and spread the awareness on information governance and security among Sarawak Energy’s personnel.
There to officiate at the launch was Lu Yew Hung, Executive Vice President of Sarawak Energy and Chief Executive Officer of SESCO who was accompanied by Aisah Eden, Executive Vice President for Corporate Services. Also present was Mazmalek Mohamad, Commissioner to the Personal Data Protection Department under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.
In his speech, Lu said it was only natural for a modern organisation like Sarawak Energy to automate its business processes through the use of information technology but this requires the company to subscribe to practicing effective governance and management of its information which is the company’s key assets.
“Increased use of information technology exposes our electronic information to cyber threats and risks which is why Sarawak Energy’s board and management are committed to enforcing information security to protect our company from these threats.
“The Information Governance or IG Policies and Guidelines provide us with the appropriate guidance on how we should manage or share our information including how to classify, label and handle information of value to our business. Compliance with the IG Policies and Guidelines will ensure that our information is secure, trustworthy and accessible,” he said.
Earlier, Aisah said in today’s business climate where corporations become increasingly dependent on information and on information technology as the tools of their trade, it was essential to secure information and records while improving accessibility to them as and when required.
“Furthermore, the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has made it mandatory for us to ensure that our customers’ and employees’ personal data are adequately protected. As a company of over 4,300 people and with over 600,000 customers and many more stakeholders, we need to manage our information assets according to globally accepted standards on information governance and management,” she said.
Sarawak Energy Information Day featured a number of activities which comprises talks entitled “Cyber Threats in Malaysia and Best Practices”, “Insider Threat in an Organisation” and “Achieving High-Fidelity Security by Combining Network and Endpoint Monitoring” among others by subject matter experts from Cybersecurity Malaysia, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Malaysian Personal Data Protection Department and others. There were also exhibitions on a variety of products and services by partnering agencies and companies.
In his presentation, Mazmalek further shared that the utility sector constitutes one of eleven classes of data users and the PDPA Code Of Practice (COP) developed jointly by Sarawak Energy Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd for utilities is the first COP to be approved.