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Rafizi Ramli: Padu’s Development by Civil Servants to Fortify Against Data Leaks

In a proactive measure aimed at curbing the risks of data leaks, Rafizi Ramli has disclosed that the Central Database Hub (Padu) was intentionally crafted and entrusted to civil servants, diverging from the traditional reliance on third-party vendors. The move responds to a history of data leakages associated with outsourcing the development of government data applications, as revealed by the Economy Ministry. Speaking at a press conference, Rafizi stressed the significance of reducing risks linked to third-party vendors, underlining the unique advantage of civil servants being bound by the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

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Enhanced Security Through OSA Compliance

Rafizi highlighted the critical aspect of civil servants being subject to the Official Secrets Act (OSA), asserting that their adherence to this legal framework adds an extra layer of security. The OSA mandates accountability for civil servants, deterring potential breaches and unauthorized access to government information. In contrast, third-party vendors, as emphasized by Rafizi, lack this regulatory constraint, raising concerns about the vulnerability of sensitive data under their management.

Lessons from Past Experiences with Third-Party Vendors

Referencing past incidents, Rafizi underscored the historical challenges of data leakages associated with third-party vendors. Entrusting Padu’s development to civil servants aims to address these vulnerabilities, ensuring a more controlled and accountable approach to handling sensitive information.

Beyond the Database: Transformation of Public Service

Rafizi clarified that the focal point extends beyond the database itself, emphasizing the broader objective of reshaping and enhancing the public service to meet international benchmarks of quality. Placing civil servants at the forefront of Padu’s development aims to instill a culture of responsibility and regulatory adherence, creating a sturdy and secure foundation for the Central Database Hub. This shift aligns with a broader vision of fostering a responsible and secure environment for the management of sensitive information in the Central Database Hub.