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Dr. Zahri Yunos

Dr. Zahri Yunos

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
Strategic Cybersecurity Advisor, Securelytics, Malaysia

Role of States in Cybersecurity: Creating Trust in Cyber environment.


Zahri has over 33 years of experience working in the ICT field, both in government and private organizations. In 2001, he joined CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, and in 2006, he was named Chief Operating Officer. Zahri retired from his position in January 2022.
Zahri was a key figure in the formation of the OIC-Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT), a collaborative effort of OIC countries’ cybersecurity initiatives. He was an active participant in the implementation of Malaysia’s National Cyber Security Policy, which improved Malaysia’s international reputation in cybersecurity. Zahri has been appointed as a Board Member and Industry Adviser to several organizations/research institutions in Malaysia and abroad in recognition of his expertise in cybersecurity.
Zahri received his PhD in Information Security from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (Malaysia), his MSc in Communication Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), and his BSc in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey, USA).


The use of ICT has become increasingly important to the economies of many countries. Paradoxically, our exposure to cyber threats increases in tandem with our increasing reliance on information and communication technologies and the internet. There is a need for a better policy framework among the States to reduce cyber threats on a global and national scale. Adopting new, blended governance approaches is necessary to foster a foundation for developing stability and security in cyberspace.
The primary objective of this presentation is to augment dialogue among key cybersecurity players, with the ultimate goal of creating a more all-encompassing framework for international, multi-stakeholder on the responsible behavior of States in cyberspace. The presentation focuses on four (4) key areas of concern that the State should embrace. The issues raised are derived from the speaker’s involvement and discussion at national and international forums. In conclusion, State actors need to work together to set up a multilateral uninterrupted dialogue to establish a norm and protect the global cybersecurity ecosystem.