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Why the private sector should get involved in cybersecurity

GOVERNMENTS and the private sector don’t always see eye to eye when... Read More

Why the private sector should get involved in cybersecurity

GOVERNMENTS and the private sector don’t always see eye to eye when... Read More

Digital sovereignty viewed from Asia

The rapid pace of global digital transformation has led to new ideas... Read More

Is our data truly safe?

By Jotham Lim - 21 July 2021 Think about our current digital footprint... Read More

Getting it right on tech sovereignty

THE term “sovereignty” is used to describe an independent state, whereby a... Read More

ASEAN’s New Normal: Change and Continuity in Terrorism Landscape

ASEAN and ASEAN Member States must embrace the elements of change and... Read More

What makes us Malaysian in the digital space?

IN the first five phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Malaysia... Read More

The COVID-19 Infodemic in Malaysia: Scale, scope and policy responses

Owing to the novelty of COVID-19, much uncertainty had surrounded it when... Read More

Digital surveillance: Privacy, data ecosystem and effectiveness

By Dr Moonyati Yatid, Farlina Said and Tengku NurQistina The role of technology... Read More

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital... Read More

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital... Read More

Compliance: Too difficult of a pill to swallow?

Compliance: Too difficult of a pill to swallow? In past health security... Read More

Nation-building in the Net Age

THE future of Malaysia is in technology — in recent weeks Malaysia... Read More

Beefing Up Cybersecurity

THE concept of middle power is one fraught with relativism, where the... Read More

Technological rivalry, international politics and cybersecurity

US President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order and the placement of Huawei... Read More

A 'New' Terrorism Threat in 'New Malaysia'

Malaysia’s Terrorism threat must be addressed at community level to prevent resurgence... Read More

Combining Defence Diplomacy and Foreign Policy to Project Malaysia as a Middle Power: A Case for Cybersecurity Development

The concept of middle power is one fraught with relativism, where the... Read More

Tackling Radical Messages

“THE pen is mightier than the sword”, is a popular saying, depicting... Read More

Building Trust in Cyberspace

THE world of tomorrow promises to be data driven, arguably even more... Read More

Role for Asean in North Korea issue?

THE year 2017 unfolded with much activity on the Korean peninsula. The... Read More

Bolstering Defence in Cyberspace

Article by Farlina Said which appeared in New Straits Times, February 2,... Read More

Be Wary of What You Say, the Internet Can Hear You

IDEAS: Cyberspace can amplify a message good or bad and propel it... Read More

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Ms Farlina Said

Farlina Said is an Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies programme of ISIS Malaysia since 2015. She graduated from S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University with a MSc (Strategic Studies). As a part of the think tank she was involved in crafting various dialogues and forums on cybersecurity, radicalisation and Malaysia-Korea relations. Her written work and comments have appeared in the local and international media such as New Straits Times and South China Morning Post. She was a part of SEARCCT’s Experts on Violent Extremism and Community Engagement (EVOKE) Council (2018-2019).


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Why the private sector should get involved in cybersecurity

29 July 2021
GOVERNMENTS and the private sector don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to security issues. It would require those with jurisdiction in and around cyberspace to seek common definitions and goals to ensure that cyberspace is stable and safe for all. However, common points of view between the government and private sector can…

Why the private sector should get involved in cybersecurity

29 July 2021
GOVERNMENTS and the private sector don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to security issues. It would require those with jurisdiction in and around cyberspace to seek common definitions and goals to ensure that cyberspace is stable and safe for all. However, common points of view between the government and private sector can…

Digital sovereignty viewed from Asia

07 July 2021
The rapid pace of global digital transformation has led to new ideas concerning the relationships between economic growth, human development, human rights and national security. The mix of these policies has resulted in many forms of techno-nationalism. Which paradigm a country chooses as dominant may determine its priorities and the future.  THE US-led objections, based on…

Is our data truly safe?

21 June 2021
By Jotham Lim - 21 July 2021 Think about our current digital footprint — gigabytes of family photos, social media posts and sensitive documents uploaded from our phones, out of the country to the public cloud. A single cyberattack could wipe out decades worth of accumulated memories.   Surely, data privacy laws are on our side.…

Getting it right on tech sovereignty

28 April 2021
THE term “sovereignty” is used to describe an independent state, whereby a government’s legitimacy rests on its ability to keep the national interests above others. But in the digital age, with cyberspace operating as a borderless concept, the notion of “territory” is facing multiple challenges. For example, while fibre optic cables and telco towers are…

ASEAN’s New Normal: Change and Continuity in Terrorism Landscape

17 November 2020
ASEAN and ASEAN Member States must embrace the elements of change and continuity in the terrorism landscape as part of the “new normal” imperatives. By Farlina Said and Muhammad Sinatra At the 11th ASEAN-United Nations (UN) Summit, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin highlighted that the COVID-19 has not been successful in flattening the curve of…

What makes us Malaysian in the digital space?

03 September 2020
IN the first five phases of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Malaysia used technology in specific ways. Among the most prominent was to highlight specific groups for contact tracing efforts through applications such as MySejahtera, to control the movement of people on platforms like Gerak Malaysia and to cope with work-from-home endeavours where the Malaysia…

The COVID-19 Infodemic in Malaysia: Scale, scope and policy responses

24 August 2020
Owing to the novelty of COVID-19, much uncertainty had surrounded it when it was first discovered in December 2019. In the months since, more light has been shed on the novel coronavirus, yet the timespan in between was marked with fear and uncertainty, lending itself to a surge in false information. This had included false…

Digital surveillance: Privacy, data ecosystem and effectiveness

17 May 2020
By Dr Moonyati Yatid, Farlina Said and Tengku NurQistina The role of technology in aiding our daily lives has grown rapidly since the imposition of lockdowns in many countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In adapting to the new normal, e-commerce, e-learning and teleconferencing are flourishing. Technology is also utilised by governments to manage the spread of…

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

17 April 2020
By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital trade has been a boon in not only connecting businesses to consumers, but also serving as a lifeline for MSMEs and informal workers. Given that digital trade is beneficial in maintaining employment and livelihood in crucial times of emergency, on top of its…

Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond

17 April 2020
By Dr Juita Mohamad and Farlina Said Throughout the COVID-19 MCO, digital trade has been a boon in not only connecting businesses to consumers, but also serving as a lifeline for MSMEs and informal workers. Given that digital trade is beneficial in maintaining employment and livelihood in crucial times of emergency, on top of its…

Compliance: Too difficult of a pill to swallow?

09 April 2020
Compliance: Too difficult of a pill to swallow? In past health security crises, the military and police have played a role to mitigate and solve issues. COVID-19 is unprecedented in that it restricts movement across the nation. With shifting goalposts and ambiguous definitions for full compliance, would society be able to achieve the 100 percent…

Nation-building in the Net Age

18 September 2019
THE future of Malaysia is in technology — in recent weeks Malaysia celebrated Malaysia Day, Merdeka and also announced the approval of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP). In Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “Shared Prosperity” vision, technology is seen as a component for economic empowerment and reducing the income gap. Technology can…

Beefing Up Cybersecurity

18 June 2019
THE concept of middle power is one fraught with relativism, where the power projected is in relation to another state or, in a multilateral setting, to other states. There are reasons why states may identify themselves as middle powers; one of which is the thought that middle powers are able to shape international relations in…

Technological rivalry, international politics and cybersecurity

30 May 2019
US President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order and the placement of Huawei on the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List is the latest development of ongoing trade tensions between US and China. The Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain released on May 15…

A 'New' Terrorism Threat in 'New Malaysia'

11 May 2019
Malaysia’s Terrorism threat must be addressed at community level to prevent resurgence of groups such as Islamic State The concept of Malaysia Baru or New Malaysia is one rife with sentiments of change. But since the Pakatan Harapan coalition won the country’s general election on May 9th last year, taking power from a party in…

Combining Defence Diplomacy and Foreign Policy to Project Malaysia as a Middle Power: A Case for Cybersecurity Development

16 April 2019
The concept of middle power is one fraught with relativism, where the power projected is in relation to another state or, in a multilateral setting, to other states. There are reasons states may identify themselves as middle powers, among which is the thought that middle powers are able to shape international relations in a manner…

Tackling Radical Messages

11 December 2018
“THE pen is mightier than the sword”, is a popular saying, depicting the possibility of how a couple of words on a page can be harmful. So effective are Daesh’s methods that in 2015, it was reported in Malaysia that 75 per cent of its supporters were radicalised online. Communication is seen as an important…
Building trust in cyberspace

Building Trust in Cyberspace

01 May 2018
THE world of tomorrow promises to be data driven, arguably even more so than today. The advent of the Internet of Things and cloud computing means information can be transferred at any given moment, as long as the question of access is solved. In an environment where solution and answers are accessible with a single…
Role for Asean in North Korea issue?

Role for Asean in North Korea issue?

12 December 2017
THE year 2017 unfolded with much activity on the Korean peninsula. The year saw around 20 ballistic missile launches and what was dubbed the most powerful nuclear test to date by the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK). Rhetoric and bluster flared between the leaders of the DPRK and the United States. For the Southeast Asian…
Bolstering Defence in Cyberspace

Bolstering Defence in Cyberspace

02 February 2016
Article by Farlina Said which appeared in New Straits Times, February 2, 2016. Download
Be Wary of What You Say, the Internet Can Hear You

Be Wary of What You Say, the Internet Can Hear You

01 September 2015
IDEAS: Cyberspace can amplify a message good or bad and propel it to influence many THE mediated environment is often regarded as innocent in its exchanges. Ideas are not dangerous, most would say. It is a great distance from playing violent games to committing acts of violence, studies have shown. However, violent extremism proves the…
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