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Indonesia Investing in Cybersecurity Infrastructure

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With the advancement of technology, discussions on cybersecurity and cybercrime have become increasingly diverse, complex, and sophisticated. The pandemic, which has dramatically transformed the role of technology in people’s personal lives and work, has made cybersecurity more critical than ever before.

Recently, Hinsa Siburian, the Head of the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), had a meeting and discussion with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) regarding implementing foreign loans to support Indonesia’s cybersecurity ecosystem enhancement project.

Hinsa mentioned that the meeting regarding the foreign loan was different from the initial one as BSSN had already held multiple meetings with Spanish counterparts. In December of the previous year, BSSN received a visit from APD Quinidio Gonzalez, the Director of International Business Development.

In addition, Hinsa also stated that Mr Francisco de Asis Aguilera Aranda, the Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia, has also visited this office to discuss the collaboration between the Indonesian and Spanish governments in cybersecurity, including funding schemes provided by the Spanish government. During the meeting, the Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia expressed a commitment to support strengthening the cyber ecosystem in Indonesia through funding from the Spanish government.

Hinsa added that the project to strengthen the cybersecurity ecosystem in Indonesia consists of expanding the coverage area of the National Cyber Security Operations Centre (NSOC), developing a national data centre, and enhancing the Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). These initiatives are considered significant projects by the Indonesian government to safeguard the sovereignty of Indonesia’s cyberspace.

Furthermore, Hinsa expressed deep appreciation for the progress made thus far, which has been possible through close coordination among various stakeholders from Indonesia and Spain. Currently, the project’s continuity awaits the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), and Hinsa emphasised its importance.

“Some parts of the project will be utilised to ensure a conducive cyber environment during the 2024 General Elections. As the project aligns with the National Medium-Term Development Plan that concludes in 2024, we hope that BBVA can support the acceleration process once the agreed funding portion becomes a part of BBVA,” Hinsa explained.

The purpose of this audience is to introduce BBVA and its team supporting BSSN, to discuss BBVA’s preparations for supporting and financing BSSN’s National Cyber Incident Response Plan (PHLN), and to provide updates on the progress of finalising the funding for BSSN along with the corresponding steps.

During this meeting, BBVA aimed to establish a mutual understanding and rapport with BSSN, ensuring effective collaboration moving forward. The discussion will revolve around BBVA’s commitment to supporting BSSN’s initiatives, including financial backing for the PHLN, which plays a crucial role in responding to cyber incidents in the country.

Furthermore, BBVA will provide insights into the ongoing process of finalising the funding arrangements for BSSN, emphasising the importance of these financial resources to enable the organisation’s successful implementation of cybersecurity measures. The meeting will also cover the steps and procedures involved in securing the funding, ensuring transparency and accountability in allocating resources.

Hinsa believed that supporting the enhancement of the cybersecurity infrastructure ecosystem in Indonesia will strengthen the country’s resilience against cyber threats and safeguard its digital landscape. He emphasised the importance of these efforts in maintaining the sovereignty and security of Indonesia’s cyberspace.

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