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Jakarta Post

Nachrowi Ramli: The silent general

  • Hasyim Widhiarto & Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 6 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/R. BertowedhatamaMost soldiers pave their way to the top by joining an elite squad, winning an important battle or masterminding a successful military operation, but Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nachrowi Ramli, 60, found success by staying below the radar.

The head of the National Encryption Body (Lemsaneg) from 2002 to 2008, Nachrowi was the person behind the implementation of the National Encryption System, which serves as the backbone for the country’s exchange of secret information from and to state institutions.

Under the system, launched in 2004, all ministries and state-owned companies are required to install standardized encryption devices in certain phone and data transmission lines to prevent potential leaks during transfers of secret information.

“In the beginning, it was difficult for us to convince many government institutions to adopt the system mainly be...