LGMS launches StarSentry cybersecurity solution for local SMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5: A ‘Made in Malaysia’ StarSentry cybersecurity solution for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to be better equipped against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats was launched yesterday.

It was developed by LGMS Berhad and spearheaded by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Applied Security Intelligence Sdn Bhd (ASI).

The solution aims to safeguard the domestic cybersecurity landscape before expanding regionally and internationally, LGMS Chairman Fong Choong Fook said at the launch by Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

StarSentry, he said, served as a cybersecurity solution conceived from rigorous R&D and designed for user accessibility which took years in the making.

“StarSentry is meticulously crafted with the principle of ‘Cybersecurity for Rakyat’ at its core, offering a user-friendly, plug-and-play approach at an affordable price. It encompasses a comprehensive solution for SMEs to be aware of cyber threats within their systems, including cyber risk insurance forevery subscriber,” said Fong.

With advanced vulnerability scanning and proactive threat detection features, he said StarSentry would empower SMEs to enhance their cybersecurity posture and meet regulatory requirements.

During the event, LGMS via ASI also solidified two key partnerships with Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia) Berhad, which underwrites cyber insurance for subscribers of StarSentry, while ASI also appointed VSTECS Astar Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of VSTECS Berhad, as its exclusive distributor of the solution.

Fong disclosed that the StarSentry solution was developed in alignment with the recently announced National Cyber Security Bill 2024, and has also been recognised by Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM) as the country’s ‘Cyber Security Product Innovation of the Year’.

“By safeguarding critical national information infrastructure (CNII) sectors like government, banking, transportation and digital industries, StarSentry plays a crucial role in bolstering Malaysia’s overall cybersecurity resilience, as mandated by the bill,” he said.

Gobind, in his speech, said cybersecurity has become a crucial element of Malaysia’s digital infrastructure and national security.

“This importance is highlighted by the robust growth of our Digital Economy, which is expected to significantly contribute to our GDP, reaching 25.5 per cent by next year,” he added.

This sustained and progressive growth of the digital economy also marked a significant evolution in Malaysia’s approach to economic development, he said.

Gobind added: “While our past focus was on traditional sectors that brought the Malaysian economy into the modern era, today’s Malaysia is decisively moving towards a digital economy. This shift is not merely a change in how business is conducted, but a profound transformation in how we create value, innovate, and compete globally.

“As our economy transitions to these new digital paradigms, our commitment to securing our digital landscape must grow stronger.

“In this context, cybersecurity has evolved from a specialised concern to a fundamental necessity. Embracing these digital paradigms wholeheartedly means ensuring the robustness of our cybersecurity measures is paramount.

“This not only protects our economic interests but also underpins the very fabric of our society by safeguarding the personal data of millions and ensuring the reliability of public services dependent on digital technologies.”