UUM ONLINE: Sarajevo Islamic Finance and Economics Conference (SIFEC) 2018 discussed issues concerning the challenges in the development of Islamic Finance at the Gazi Husrev-Bey library, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
UUM ONLINE: Perlis, 26 June - The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) have jointly collaborated to showcase the Expressive Arts Inspiration for Mom & Dad record for The Malaysia Book of Records using the Art Therapy approach in conjunction with the National Level Parents' Day Celebration 2018. The event was held at Dewan Wawasan 2020, Kangar.
UUM ONLINE: 11 July - To what extent does the Malaysian political tsunami that has fashioned the result of the recent 14th General Election (GE 14) has changed or affected the business ecosystem in our country?
UUM ONLINE: 27 June - To further energise the field of research especially at the international level, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Khon Kaen University (KKU), Thailand have established cooperation with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for Research.
UUM ONLINE: Two lecturers from UUM’s Islamic Business School (IBS) were invited to participate in two sessions of the Sarajevo Summer School 2018 held at the Gazi Husrev-Bey Library, Bosnia and Herzegovina recently.
UUM ONLINE: 26 June - UUM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Prof. Dr. Abdul Malek Abdul Karim received a courtesy visit from the delegates of University of Canterbury, New Zealand at his office this morning.
UUM ONLINE: Kuala Lumpur, 10 July - Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) through its School of Business Management (SBM) sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TEKUN Nasional to carry out programmes that will enhance the work performance of employees of TEKUN Nasional.
UUM ONLINE: 25 June - A total of 206 students are set to begin their studies at the pre-university level when they registered at the TNB Inasis for the 2018/2019 academic admission yesterday.
UUM ONLINE: Sabah - On the seventh year of its organisation, the Public Sector Financial and Auditing Seminar 2018 (SKPSA 2018) organised by the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA) continued to focus on relevant current issues related to governance in the public sector in the country.
UUM ONLINE: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) achieved another remarkable success when it was featured in the 101-150 band of the world's best universities under the age of 50 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50, 2019 survey published on 21 June 2018.
UUM ONLINE: The air of merriment prevailed at the Aidilfitri Silaturahim Gathering as UUM denizens and the members of the nearby community came in droves to join in the celebration in a joyful atmosphere, filled with festive cheer, forgiveness and togetherness. The Aidilfitri Gathering was hosted at the Foyer of the Sultanah Bahiyah Library.
UUM ONLINE: 15 June - UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak arrived at the Sultan Badlishah Mosque, UUM at 8.30 am together with his family and senior officers of UUM to perform the Aidilfitri prayers with students who did not return to their respective hometowns to celebrate the first day of Syawal.
Prof. Dato' Seri Vice-Chancellor joined in the recitation of the takbir before performing the prayers. After the completion of the prayers, members of the congregation listened to an Aidilfitri "khutbah" (sermon).
Later on, members of the congregation, including the international students took the opportunity to exchange Aidilfitri greetings and shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
UUM ONLINE: Kuala Lumpur, 4 July- "Having sound knowledge in business and management is important in fostering a nation's development," said the Chairman of the Universiti Utara Malaysia Board of Directors, Tan Sri Siti Sa'diah Sheikh Bakir.
UUM ONLINE: Recently Malaysians were shocked by the suspension of the SAPS website (online school exam analysis system) as the site was hacked by irresponsible parties.
An attack known as "SQL Injection" was believed to have comprised the data of 4.9 million primary and secondary school students in Malaysia to hackers. This, of course, has become something of a concern especially with regard to the personal details of parents of the students which also run the risk of being exposed.
The fact remains that this is not the first occurrence of hacking attacks on computer systems. In fact, hacking is an attack that threatens various organisations and individuals around the world.
In the United States, massive hacking attacks had been launched in 2015 and 2017 by militant movements that advocate pro-Islamic messages, resulting in the disclosure of personal data of over 20 million people.
The same situation occurred in the United Kingdom in May 2017 when a virus called "WannaCry” attacked the National Health Service (NHS).
The attack was considered the largest cyber-attack in the history of the United Kingdom, as hundreds of healthcare providers had been impacted by the disclosure of their patient and family members' personal information.
In Malaysia alone, the website of the Malaysian Judiciary Body was hacked in 2010 due to the use of the sacred word "Allah" and the official website of the Royal Malaysian Police was also hacked in 2013.
The provision of Malaysian law which is applicable to hacking offenses is section 3 of the Computer Crime Act 1997. If found guilty, the offender can be imprisoned not exceeding 5 years, or fined not more than MYR50,000 or both.
In this context, Judge R.K. Nathan who presided over the Creative Purpose Sdn. Bhd. & Anor v. Integrated Trans Corporation Sdn Bhd , in which a decision was reached in 1997, defined "hacking" as "gaining access into a computer system (not of their own) in silence and in secrecy".
In other words, hacking itself means unauthorized access to another individual computer system. This provision has been applied to some hacking cases in Malaysia, as in 2015, an employee of cable television broadcasting company was once charged with accessing his employer's computer system for personal purpose.
Similarly, in the same year, a bank employee was charged with gaining access into a bank's computer system to obtain personal information of the bank's customers for the purpose of withdrawing a sum of money from the customer's account.
In facing the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 or better known as IR4.0 which promises a variety of advantages and opportunities, the government and the community must be aware of the challenges that come with this opportunity. Data is now within easy reach with just a few clicks of the computer. Even today, Internet data is easier to access through smartphones and tablets owned by people from all walks of life.
However, the convenience of retrieving data also means compromising oneself to the risk of hacking itself. Irresponsible party only has to wait in order to take advantage when we fail to take precautionary measures to protect our computer systems, or our existing control systems become weakened due to the rapid development of the Internet today.
Therefore, the government and society need to review cyber risk management strategies at their respective levels. We need to renew our risk control systems such as antivirus, cyber security software and firewall applications that are used, in line with the development of the cyber world.
The last thing we want is to pursue IR4.0 opportunities, but we forget to take into account the risks and challenges brought about by the revolution itself.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
UUM ONLINE: 3 July - Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) received MYR100,000 from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to develop the Makerspace Lab at the university, yesterday.
UUM ONLINE: The Semarak Kasih Ramadhan 1439H programme at Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) has received encouraging response from all OYAGSB members.
UUM ONLINE: UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak represented UUM to accept the AWQAF membership certificate in a ceremony held in conjunction with the launch of EduWAQF at Bangi Convention Center, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, recently.
The launching ceremony of EduWAQF, an educational wakaf initiated by AWQAF Holdings Berhad, was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Dato Seri Datin Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Also present were the Chairperson of Awqaf Holdings Berhad who is also the Chairperson of UUM Board of Directors, YBhg Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'adiah Sheikh Bakir; Acting President of Awqaf Holdings Berhad, Tuan Haji Mohammad Sahar Mat Din; Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr. Merve Safa Kavakci; the Vice-Chancellors of Public Universities in Malaysia and other guests.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
UUM ONLINE: The OYAGSB MBA students collected used clothes and footwear items to be donated to the Anjung Singgah of the National Welfare Foundation (YKN), Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the Ramadhan MBA @ OYAGSB KL Programme recently.
UUM ONLINE: A total of four journals published by Universiti Utara Malaysia Press (UUM Press) have been listed in the new database of the Thomson Reuters, the Web of Science (WoS) - Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
UUM ONLINE: 10 June - The efforts of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in the practice of sustainable development carried out at every administrative level in the University was not in vain when it received The Green Era Award for Sustainability awarded by Other Ways Association, Management & Consulting, an organisation based in France.