MJIIT works with RSA to close the cybersecurity skills gap

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) is ranked among the world’s best universities for engineering and technology. The university achieves up to 85% employability rates for graduates.


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The Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) wanted to establish a course of study to address the cybersecurity talent shortage in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • The program would require a dedicated environment where students could be exposed to real-world hacking.
  • Such an environment would need to be specially equipped with technology for hands-on training experiences.


MJIIT teamed with RSA to create the training environment needed to develop cybersecurity skills.

  • MJIIT became part of the RSA Academic Alliance Programme, initiated in Singapore in 2014.
  • RSA provided the technology and technical expertise to establish an academic SOC at MJIIT.
  • MJIIT has developed a curriculum focused specifically on securing smart cities and infrastructure.


RSA’s partnership with MJIIT and another Malaysian university is expected to produce more than 100 cybersecurity professionals by 2022 and to grow rapidly each year. Feedback from other participating institutions indicates that more than 95% of students have found jobs within six months of completing their education, which bodes well for the future of students in the program at MJIIT.

Through the RSA academic alliance, students are placed in internships in the domain they have studied... When they graduate, they have skills they can apply immediately, and they have much better odds of getting hired.

Prof. Dr. Wan Haslina Hassan
Head of Cybersecurity Lab

Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology