BlackBerry Officially Opens Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Malaysia

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) has officially opened a  Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) in Kuala Lumpur. The opening of the CCoE and the BlackBerry Cybersecurity Curriculum launch marks another significant milestone in the landmark deal announced between the Malaysian Government and BlackBerry in November 2023.

The new CCoE aims to deliver exceptional cybersecurity training and cyber threat intelligence to help Malaysia and partners in the region better prevent, deter, and respond to cyber threats facing governments and organizations in the Indo-Pacific region.

The company further announced its new BlackBerry Cybersecurity Curriculum is now available for the first time through the new facility, offering a wide range of globally recognised course offerings and certifications to help grow a skilled cybersecurity workforce and ecosystem in Malaysia and the region.

These programmes are designed to help the nation address a reported shortfall of some 12,000 cybersecurity professionals, and advance career opportunities for men and women in the region.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim at the opening of the center said, “Being more than a facility to help train and upskill our national cyber workforce, the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has the potential to be an international destination to address emerging cyber threats. We can bring together Malaysian and Canadian universities, research institutions and skilled practitioners to share knowledge, threat intelligence and jointly develop methods and strategies to strengthen national and regional cyber-resilience.”

The new center will provide Malaysians and others in the region with increased opportunities for professional networking, knowledge-sharing and common skills training, covering everything from cyber fundamentals to leadership and technical areas. The CCoE curriculum offers training courses on BlackBerry® cybersecurity products and services to upskill in areas like AI and Machine Learning, as well as highly-specialised courses delivered by the SANS Institute, Canada’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and other internationally recognized certification partners.

It also offers select opportunities for scholarships for women cybersecurity professionals, with further plans to augment existing university curricula with CCoE student education programs.

“In this digital age, the global need for innovative cyber security solutions continues to grow. I’m pleased that Canada’s expertise in this area is helping to create a safer cyberspace in Malaysia. Today’s announcement by BlackBerry is a clear example of how Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is supporting efforts to reduce and address security threats in the region,” said the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development.

BlackBerry Chief Executive Officer, John Giamatteo concluded, “Building resilience to cyber-attacks requires a whole-of-society effort. The new Cybersecurity Center of Excellence stands as a testament to how nations and technology leaders can work together to address the dual challenge of cybercrime and skills shortages.  We thank the Governments of Malaysia and Canada, along with our industry partners, for joining us today, as we open this world-class facility and launch the BlackBerry Cybersecurity Curriculum to support Malaysia’s goal to train a highly skilled national cybersecurity workforce to a global standard.”

For more information on the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and the courses available, please visit here. For more information about applying for scholarships for women in the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst’s CLIC training program, starting online in May, visit here.

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