Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Sazali bin Sukardi is the senior vice president of strategic research at CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
He holds a master’s degree in information security from Royal Holloway, University of London; a master’s degree in defense studies from King’s College, University of London; a post-graduate diploma in system analysis from the Universiti Teknologi MARA and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. He is also a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the United Kingdom.
His current post deals with strategic cybersecurity research as well as the exploration of new cybersecurity initiatives and policies. He is an active participant at national and international cybersecurity events. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer of cybersecurity at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and HELP University. He is also a guest lecturer at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College. From 2013 to 2015, he was a part-time lecturer at the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College under the Executive Program of the National Defense University of Malaysia. In 2009, he was a part-time lecturer on information security at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
From 2010 to 2012, he was the leading co-chair of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific’s study group on cybersecurity. He has participated in various international platforms representing Malaysia, including the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace, the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific, ASEAN and the United Nations. He is a certified Chief Information Security Officer and a certified International Counter-Cybercrime Professional-Executive.