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Plan to establish national cyber agency canceled

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 21, 2016   /  06:10 pm
Plan to establish national cyber agency canceled Two Chinese nationals are detained at the Bogor Police station for questioning. The Bogor Police arrested 31 Chinese nationals recently for their alleged role in cyber fraud in Indonesia. (Warta Kota/Soewidia Henaldi)

The government has canceled a plan to set up a national cyber agency due to budget constraints, a minister said on Tuesday.

"There is a moratorium on establishing new agencies and we are therefore seeking a body that has the ability, facilities and human resources capable of tackling cyber issues," Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi said as quoted by kompas.com.

He said work involving cyber issues would be done by the National Encryption Agency (Lemsaneg).

The Communications and Information Ministry will assist Lemsaneg in dealing with cyberattacks and crimes, in which the latter would be revitalized and given more functions, tasks and authority.

Indonesia urgently needs an institution to tackle cyber issues, Yuddy said, adding that each country should have its own cyber security task force to protect state digital information and data.

The minister said the government would soon complete a study on a cyber security agency. (afr/bbn)

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