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Indonesia establishes new cybersecurity and encryption agency

The Southeast Asian nation takes new steps to tackle cybercrime

22 June 2017

Indonesia is the world's second most targeted country for cyber attacks, after Vietnam, with a reported 36.6 million cyber attacks in the past three years. The government has now announced firm action to help tackle the problem.

As part of the Indonesian government's efforts to ensure the protection of the country's cyber security following the ever growing number of major cyber attacks, including the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, and to boost the Indonesian economy, President "Jokowi" Widodo has signed the long-awaited presidential regulation on the establishment of a national cyber security and encryption agency (Presidential Regulation No. 53 of 2017).

The cybersecurity and encryption agency has been assigned the following tasks:

  • increasing public awareness
  • protecting all cyber activities
  • overseeing and coordinating the center for cyber-related government agencies/offices,
  • identifying, preventing, mitigating, supporting the recovery of cyber threats to, or incidents/attacks against the country.

The cybersecurity and encryption agency is a non-ministerial government institution, responsible to the President through the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, headed by a chief, and supported by a general secretariat and four deputies.

Protecting the 80 million or so Internet users and their data is extremely important for Indonesia national security, and the launch of the  cybersecurity and encryption agency marks a key milestone in the government’s fight against cyber terrorism.