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Jakarta Post

Police to support national cyber agency

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 4, 2017   /  01:37 pm
Police to support national cyber agency On alert -- National Police chief Gen.Tito Karnavian explains security challenges during a press conference in Jakarta on Dec. 28, 2016. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The National Police are ready to support the National Cyber Agency, a soon-to-be-established institution, to tackle all types of cybercrime, a top police official has said.

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the agency would focus on regulating cyber activities in Indonesia, which has seen high Internet penetration. Law enforcement on any violations discovered would be entrusted to the police, he said. 

“The National Cyber Agency will merge with the National Encryption Agency [Lemsaneg] to secure cyber activities because we are among the countries that are most vulnerable to cyber threats,” Tito told journalists on the sidelines of a ceremony at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Wednesday.

“We hope that the new agency can solve these problems because as a country with an internet access level of around 50 percent [of the total population], Indonesia is vulnerable to a wide range of cybercrimes,” he added. 

The government initiated a plan to establish a national cyber body early last year but it was cancelled in June due to budget constraints. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto revived the plan last Tuesday when he assembled related officials at his office to discuss cybercrimes Indonesia is facing.

Wiranto said it was expected that the National Cyber Agency could be inaugurated later this month. He added that the body would hopefully be able to deal with the growing promotion of radicalism online and serve as a coordination body among the cyber divisions of the Indonesian Military (TNI), National Police and State Intelligence Agency (BIN). (ebf)

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