On 13 April 2022, Siemens Energy announced the groundbreaking for its Managed Detection
Response (MDR) Operational Technology (OT) Cybersecurity Operations Center (cSOC) in Cyberjaya,
Selangor, Malaysia. In a climate of increasing cybersecurity threats and ongoing digitalization of
energy infrastructure around the world, this center positions Malaysia as a hub for cyber defense
technology in the Asia Pacific region.
The development of built-for-purpose OT monitoring and detection is critical to the resilience of the
energy value chain. Siemens Energy’s sophisticated MDR solutions, powered by Eos.ii, enable energy
and industrial customers to identify vulnerabilities, monitor anomalies, and preempt attacks before
damage can occur. The resulting stronger cybersecurity will contribute to the development of a more
mature energy landscape in the region.
“The outcome of the energy transition will be determined in Asia Pacific. To effectively transform the
energy landscape, it is critical that we fortify the cyber defenses of critical operating infrastructure
throughout the energy value chain to be more secure and resilient,” said Samuel Morillon, Senior Vice
President Asia Pacific of Siemens Energy.
In this first-ever implementation in the Asia Pacific region, the MDR OT cSOC’s capabilities include but
are not limited to: security incident response management, threat intelligence management, risk-based vulnerability management and threat hunting. It will make cutting-edge, artificial-intelligence
based monitoring and detection available and affordable for energy companies in the region.
Marking a major milestone in Malaysia’s cybersecurity ambitions, the MDR OT cSOC will bring a
projected investment inflow of more than RM10million in the next 2-3 years. It positions Malaysia as
a rising cybersecurity hub for Asia Pacific, with the aim of servicing customers globally in the future.
"As Malaysia's principal investment promotion agency, MIDA is delighted to welcome Siemens Energy's investment in supporting the Government's MyDigital initiative and to develop our local talent in the cybersecurity in order to successfully transform Malaysia into a digitally driven, high income nation and a regional leader in the global digital economy. The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), aimed to position Malaysia as ASEAN's digital hub, has given the country a strong capability in cybersecurity solutions," said Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
"We are optimistic with the continued cross collaboration between the public and private sectors, it
can expedite the adoption and adaptation of digital technologies and efficient cybersecurity practices
to keep pace with the growing digital economy in Malaysia," added Datuk Arham.
The MDR OT cSOC will contribute to the development of human capital in the country, cultivating
Malaysian talent for the fast-growing cybersecurity industry. According to a study1 by the
International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² the gap in demand for
cybersecurity professionals stands at more than 2 million professionals in the Asia Pacific region
The center is expected to commence operation at the end of 2022.