SEARCCT’s inaugural Seminar on Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP) against Terrorist Attacks was held from 5 to 7 November 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. The seminar managed to gather 43 participants from Malaysia’s CIP community in both the public and private sector.
Speakers for this seminar were from Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Singapore, Deakin University Australia, Naval Crime Investigation Service (NCIS), Royal Malaysia Police, Chief Government Security Office (CGSO), Cybersecurity Malaysia, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED), ISIS Malaysia and SEARCCT.
The seminar gave four main messages to the participants. Namely, critical infrastructures remain an attractive target to terrorists particularly if located at public places, the importance of being prepared for any possibility, close cooperation among Critical Infrastructure sectors is vital, and the need for the CIP community’s support for SEARCCT to enhance future programmes on this subject further.
The highlight of the seminar was the group discussion, and participants gave their views on the challenges they face, as well as good recommendations provided on improving CIP in Malaysia. All in all, the inaugural program was successfully conducted and participants encouraged SEARCCT to hold similar programmes and invite other critical infrastructures sector players.