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Jakarta Post

EU, ASEAN to cooperate on digital security after breaches

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 27 2018   /  12:27 am

Defense officials from ASEAN and European Union member states exchanged ideas about the advancement of security systems for electronic transactions amid the rising popularity of e-commerce and recent digital attacks.

Francisco Fontàn, the EU Ambassador to ASEAN, said on Monday that e-commerce’s potential around the world was huge.

In Southeast Asia, for instance, it could potentially reach US$800 million, Fontàn said quoting data released by ASEAN’s deputy secretary-general for politics and security, Hoang Anh Tuan, at the three-day seminar on security and defense in Jakarta.

“But, of course, ASEAN and the EU cannot have e-commerce without e-safety. So, I think ASEAN, which is very much focused on the progress in economic development, is aware that it will not gain the full benefit of e-commerce without concentrating on e-security,” Fontàn said.