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Regulation establishing Indonesian cyber body signed

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 1, 2017   /   03:42 pm
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a long-awaited presidential regulation (Perpres) on the establishment of a national cyber agency.

Officially named the Cyber Body and National Encryption Agency (BSSN), it is tasked with protecting the nation’s cyber world and boosting the economy.

BSSN will be run by the Communications and Information Ministry, the Indonesia Security Incident Response team on Internet Infrastructure (ID SIRTII) and the Encryption Agency (Lemsaneg). The creation of a national cyber agency came following a number major cases of cyber attacks in the country, including the recent WannaCry ransomware attack on Dharmais Hospital, the nation’s largest hospital for cancer.

Indonesia Cyber Security Forum (ICSF) chairman and co-founder Ardi Sutedja lauded President Jokowi for signing the regulation.

He said the agency should be able to work effectively and not be hampered by excessive bureaucracy. “Handling a cyber attack cannot be done through a slow bureaucratic process. It should be fast and highly intuitive and based on a prudential approach,” Ardi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. (hol)