SIRIM Bhd has partnered with United Technology (M) Sdn Bhd to offer the first ever biometrics professional course and certification in the region to local biometrics professionals, practitioners and engineers, including law enforcement agencies and forensic science and research.
The IEEE Certified Biometric Professional (IEEE CBP) course and certification involves six modules covering all aspects - from the fundamentals of biometrics, choosing the right equipment to conducting biometric research.
Sirim said through the IEEE Certified Biometric Professional (IEEE CBP) Learning System, certified professionals will be able to demonstrate the level of proficiency needed when performing their duty.
Apart from getting industry recognition, a certified professional will also achieve greater credibility, especially when testifying in a court of law.
Biometrics is a technology that helps fight the prevalent problem of identity fraud using physiological and behavioural traits of body parts such as face, fingerprints, iris, and signatures to ensure that someone is really whom he or she claims to be.
Today, biometrics technologies are used in border and immigration control, financial transactions, forensic investigations, and consumer-grade products such as mobile devices.
"Identity theft is becoming a serious security issue in our society. This happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone's identity such as their name, date of birth and current or previous addresses to commit identity fraud.
"Biometrics is an enabling technology that helps fight the prevalent problem of identity fraud," said Dr Norman Poh, a lecturer from the Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey Guilford, the United Kingdom.
The IEEE CBP course and certification, which is the first of its kind to be offered in the Asia Pacific region, was conducted at Sirim Bukit Jalil from October 21 to October 26.
Dr Poh, who conducts the IEEE CBP course, seeks to participate more actively in Malaysia's research and development related to biometrics, forensics, and data analytics. He also is looking for closer collaboration in the country.
Meanwhile, CyberSecurity Malaysia's Muhammad Zaharudin said individuals from academia, law enforcement, legal practitioners, researches and engineers should take up the course to better equip themselves with the right knowledge of biometric technologies.
"The IEEE CBP course will provide professionals working within a biometric and forensic science environment a keen understanding of the fundamentals and tools impacting biometrics and identification technology," said Muhammad, who is one of the participants of the six-day course.
Sirim and United Technology are the channel partners of the IEEE CBP programme in Malaysia. They are responsible to supply the training, technical support, certification and venue for this course.