Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology has raised the importance of including cyber security in the national security strategy to protect more than 55 million internet users in the country.
Minister Tifatul Sembiring, said, “The country needs to be wary of cyber security threats. In order to protect the citizens from internet threats, the Government should include cyber security under its national security police.”
The Minister highlighted the rapid rise of internet access in the archipelago providing necessity for the Government to escalate cyber security in its national policy. Indonesia has one of the highest internet penetration rates in Southeast Asia, and in 2010, it grew by 30 million users. The high internet use leads to higher risk of cyber crimes. This is coupled with the spread of malware viruses, which has now reached 5.5 billion, he informed.
He added that strengthening of cyber security would also help further Indonesia’s economic development. Bearing this in mind, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (KOMINFO) has been developing programmes and building human resource capability in order to minimise and face threats from cyber crime, the Minister assured.