PETALING JAYA: BAE Systems Stratsec is moving aggressively to establish local ties in line with its strategy to support technology transfer to Malaysia.
It has signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) - one with Composites Technology Research Malaysia Systems Integration Sdn Bhd (CTRM SI) and the other with Masterplan Consulting Sdn Bhd.
BAE Systems Stratsec is a provider of independent information security consulting and testing services. BAE Systems acquired Stratsec in January 2011.
With CTRM SI, the MoU is designed to enable the pursuit of potential projects for the development of systems-integration capabilities and technology transfer.
This is hand in glove with the objectives of Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), ensuring the nation has full capability to provide systems integration services to the Government, Ministry of Defence, and other potential customers.
The MoU signed with Masterplan Consulting seeks to explore a strategic collaboration in the area of cybersecurity.
It gives BAE Systems the opportunity to partner with a local entity to provide cybersecurity services to government agencies. The areas of cooperation include building cyberdefences and improving cybersecurity for government agencies.
This would also cover critical national information infrastructure (CNII) agencies and any initiative under government supervision, such as the Malaysian Defence and Security Technology Park (MDSTP) implementation.
The MDSTP will provide the necessary facilities and infrastructure for research & development, production of equipment and parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as other technical services, related to the defence and security industry (http://mdstp.com.my).
According to BAE Systems Stratsec, these MoUs represent a key step in the company's regional strategy, and demonstrates its commitment to becoming a specialist IT security company.
It has also become a member of the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Pro Network. This makes it the first Malaysia-based member of the network, which was founded in 2004 with an aim to reduce the number and severity of vulnerabilities in software products.
"Being part of the SDL Pro Network gives us access to the expertise, processes and tools within Microsoft, built up over the last decade, to help organisations develop secure applications," said Peter Lilley, CEO of BAE Systems Stratsec.