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Jakarta Post

ASEAN called on to build cybersecurity norms

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 1 2019   /  12:52 am

As Singapore hands over its ASEAN chairmanship to Thailand, experts are calling on member states to maintain their commitment to cybersecurity by establishing norms and focusing on capacity building amid a rise in online attacks targeting the region.

Sithuraj Ponraj, director of the international cyber policy office at the Singapore Cyber Security Agency, said having a cybersecurity norm would mean the international community agreed on what should be done, and what should not be done.

“When we can agree on how we behave, it fosters predictability and stability in cyberspace. Once [an attack] happens we know that we can trust each other to behave in a certain way,” he said during a book launch on cybersecurity in Southeast Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Sithuraj said building awareness and increasing the capacity of policymakers...