UNIMY (University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering) and KPMG have recently announced their student-industry collaboration that will see a greater fostering of industry experts with university students on internships and apprenticeship on cybersecurity matters.
Following this collaboration, KPMG joins the list of other global players such as Microsoft, Thales, Autodesk and many more on UNIMY’s Student – Industry partnership through Prestariang Berhad. KPMG, one of the biggest names in the industry, has been at the forefront of cybersecurity by becoming the first company in Malaysia to set up a Cyber and Digital Hub at its Malaysia headquarters, which was launched by the Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani in March 2017.
The hub in Malaysia is KPMG’s first such global facility, providing an interactive environment that showcases cybersecurity threats and trends, how they affect critical information technology infrastructure, and how organisations can protect their assets and manage cybersecurity risks.
Dani Michaux, Head of Cyber Security at KPMG in Malaysia said “UNIMY has set themselves apart as a university devoted to produce specially trained and market-ready computing professionals. We’re very pleased to work with UNIMY to groom more cyber security professionals, to meet the growing demands from the industry for such talents.”
Michaux, who is also the Global Lead of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Security Services for KPMG International, shared that 48 percent of CEOs surveyed globally agree that skill-gaps will emerge in the next three years.
At the collaboration ceremony held in KPMG office, Dato’ Maznah Abdul Jalil (Board of Governors, UNIMY), Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin AB Hamid (Vice Chancellor, UNIMY) and other senior staff of UNIMY were briefed by Dani Michaux (Head of Cyber Security, KPMG Malaysia) and Meling Mudin (Executive Director, KMPG Management Consulting – Information Protection & Business Resilience).
Two weeks prior to the collaboration ceremony, about 40 UNIMY students were taken on a similar tour and were also briefed on issues surrounding cybersecurity threats to various industries and organisations.
Moving forward the collaboration will see UNIMY students be given opportunities for industrial training and internship placement in KPMG. KPMG will also be part of UNIMY’s Industrial Advisory Panel whereby it will provide industry input on UNIMY’s Cybersecurity academic programme development. Other collaborations include student project mentoring and co-supervision, research and development, guest lectures and adjunct appointments, participation of UNIMY students in KPMG’s Cyber Security Challenge and any other activities as mutually agreed by both parties.
As the first ICT-focused Digital Technology University in Malaysia with a focus on Big Data, Cybersecurity and Coding, UNIMY sets precedence with its collaboration with KPMG, driving its initiative forward in engaging students to participate in solving real-global issues and problems using technology as well as making invaluable industry knowledge and experience highly accessible. This collaboration also shows KPMG’s commitment to drive Malaysia’s capacity building by grooming more cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow.
UNIMY will also be one of the first institutions to adopt a revolutionary single-based platform education hub known as EduCloud. Scheduled to launch in third quarter of 2017, EduCloud will propel student experience in UNIMY further and will bring leverage to its partners like KPMG in the education market, creating a mutual knowledge-sharing platform that will benefit all parties involved.