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Jakarta Post

Air Force forms cyberunit to anticipate cyberwarfare, attacks

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17, 2020   /   01:51 pm
Air Force forms cyberunit to anticipate cyberwarfare, attacks Distance learning: Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command College (Seskoau) officer students attend a virtual field trip to defense companies at the Srutasala Hall of the Seskoau campus in Lembang, West Java, on June 10. (Courtesy of/Seskoau)

The Indonesian Air Force established a cyberunit to anticipate future threats of cyberwarfare, specifically attacks against the force’s infrastructure.

Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo inaugurated the unit in a ceremony Wednesday. The cyberunit was established under the force’s security and encryption agency.

Fadjar said the unit would be tasked with preventing and respond to cyberattacks committed against the Air Force’s infrastructure, which was usually carried out by exploiting various security holes.

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“The increasingly unpredictable forms and threats of warfare are challenge for militaries around the world, including the Indonesian Air Force. We hope the cyberunit can address this problem,” Fadjar said during the inauguration ceremony as reported in a statement.

The Air Force had expressed interest in heightening awareness and intensifying security against cyberattacks and cyberwars, when then-chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna conveyed the importance of cybersecurity in 2018.

The Indonesian Military had also established a cyberunit in 2017. Then-commander Gen. (ret) Gatot Nurmantyo said the unit was tasked with protecting strategic military data, information and resources from being stolen as well as to improve the force’s cyberdefense capacity.