Drone threat to key point installations
Published on: Saturday, November 24, 2018
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Kota Kinabalu: Drone is now considered as a new threat risk to key point installations, said Deputy Director General of Government Security, Khairul Anwar Haji Zakaria. It calls for new approaches to deal with this threat effectively, he said, adding the key point installation security management are used to and can deal with any intrusion and threat by land but intrusion by air, like drone, is something new to them.

This is especially so for non-registered drones, he said at the closing of the 2018 Borneo Zone-level Key Point Installation Security Management Dialogue session held at the Ming Garden Hotel, here, Thursday.

During the event's dialogue session, some of the participants especially from the oil and gas industry also expressed concern over drones flying over their key point installations, the oil and gas terminals, which is considered very dangerous.

The closing was officiated by State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan, who was represented by State Public Services Department Director Datuk Nordin Siman.

Hashim, in his speech read by Siman, also advised the key point installation owners to be alert and ready to face cyberattack by continuously improving and protecting their electronic and computerised system.

He said they must do routine backup on all critical data relating to operational information and system to limit the impact and losses that can jeopardise their operations, as well as to speed recovery process when such an attack occurred.

"It would be best if the data can be stored in separate devices and the backup to be stored on devices that are off the grid," he said, adding the anti-virus application must be constantly updated.

Any suspicious website links and email attachments should also be avoided, he said.

Hashim also urged the installation owners to test their security system collectively with the collaboration of relevant government agencies, as it will not only save cost but also ensure all the emergency tools are in good working condition.


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