Kaspersky, BSSN ink MoU to develop Indonesia’s cybersecurity capability amid rapid digitalization

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky and Badan Siber dan Sandi Negara (BSSN), the Cyber and Crypto Agency of Indonesia, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in line with their shared goal of beefing up the cybersecurity capability of the country.

Amid Indonesia’s accelerated digitalization, the agreement aims to further enhance capacity development and institution building on cybersecurity within the government sector as it seeks to ensure public safety and security in the 21st century.

“Indonesia is coming on leaps and bounds in the digital world, and the pandemic has only accelerated this shift,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky. “But embracing digitalization also means embracing increased cybercrime, as cybercriminals are also getting more skilled and experienced. That is why today, defending cyberspace is all the more crucial to a country’s economy and its population’s safety. In order to build a safer world and support the country in harnessing the power of technology securely, we’re looking forward to joining forces and contributing to raising awareness and enhancing capacity-building programs.”

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The MoU signed by Kaspersky and BSSN includes collaborating through knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, series of training on cybersecurity, and joint programs to build cyber awareness in Indonesia.

Preventive and repressive actions have been taken to prevent and mitigate the risk of cybercrimes, but these risks continue to develop and must be addressed through raising cybersecurity awareness, given that cyber threats such as phishing exploits usually prey on user behavior.

“Recognizing the risks of cyberthreats, BSSN and Kaspersky are working to improve the country’s overall computing security through a commitment to security, privacy protection, reliability, incident response, and integrity by taking the first step in the form of signing this MoU,” said Lt. General Hinsa Siburian, head of the Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) of the Republic of Indonesia. “With this, it is hoped that Kaspersky and BSSN can commit to even closer cooperation, especially in strengthening cybersecurity in critical infrastructure, as well as capacity building through training, consultation, evaluation of information security, and recovery and response to incidents.”