PUTRAJAYA - Government information managed and stored in digital format must be handled according to established procedures and provisions, says Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
He said this was to prevent any leakage of information that could be manipulated and exploited by certain groups out to discredit the Government.
“Leaked government information is often misconstrued by this group, resulting in the spread of false news among the people.
“It is important to be careful and responsible when in cyberspace and this attitude should be adopted by all civil servants,” he said when launching the Cyber Security Awareness Programme for the Public Sector here yesterday.
Also present was Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman.
Dr Ali said civil servants would have to be aware of the people’s needs and to always be open to feedback.
He said being closely connected to the Government, public servants must ensure that all government information was protected from certain groups who were constantly looking for ways to manipulate any issues to discredit the Government.
Citing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to China, Saudi Arabia and the United States recently as an example, Ali said although the visit was well-meant, the news was manipulated, giving the impression that the Prime Minister was selling off the country.
“As such, civil servants must stop those controlling social media from continuing to spread false news by ensuring that government digital information is properly managed in accordance with the set procedures,” he said.
At the event, Dr Ali also launched a book on 10 Simple Steps on Cyber Security Awareness published by the National Cyber Security Agency and several relevant agencies to promote best practices in protecting digital information.
Among the 10 steps were employing passwords; updating security software; protecting and storing information; remaining ethical when using the Internet and social media; cyber crime prevention; thinking before clicking and reporting of incidents. — Bernama