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Thailand: Royal Decree and Cybersecurity Act Unveiled

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During a recent meeting attended by various organizations and key figures in Thailand, Mr Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn, the Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DES), along with Special Professor Wisit Wisitsorn-at, the Permanent Secretary for Digital Economy and Society, and Mr Wetang Phuangsub, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, presented the Royal Decree on Measures to Prevent and Suppress Technology Crimes B.E. 2566 (2023) to the House of Representatives.

The agenda centred around implementing effective measures to prevent and suppress technological crimes. The discussions aimed to address issues related to the fraudulent opening of horse accounts and horse sims and blocking suspicious money transfer transactions. The goal was to establish procedures that could help authorities promptly track and trace illicitly acquired assets back to the victims.

In this context, the Royal Decree is intended to prevent and suppress technological crimes and facilitate the resolution of grievances for the people. The effective use of technology is seen as crucial in ensuring the safety and stability of the country’s economy.

Moreover, Thailand has also taken significant steps to fortify its cybersecurity framework by implementing The Cybersecurity Act. This act establishes legal safeguards and measures to protect cyberspace security. A crucial component of this legislation involves introducing a cybersecurity risk assessment plan to prevent and address cybersecurity threats that could potentially endanger national security and public welfare. These threats encompass various sectors, including the economy, healthcare, international relations, and government functions, and the act seeks to ensure the stability and integrity of these areas amidst cybersecurity challenges.

Furthermore, the Cybersecurity Act allows the Thai government to monitor and access digital data when cyber threats pose a risk to critical digital infrastructure. Private organisations operating in national security, financial, and public services must comply with the law’s code of conduct and cybersecurity standards.

They are also required to provide information about key stakeholders who own, use, or possess computer systems, conduct comprehensive risk assessments, and promptly notify stakeholders about any incidents involving cyber threats.

Given the diverse and evolving nature of online threats in the current digital landscape, there is a pressing need to enhance basic protection measures. An all-encompassing defence system is deemed essential. This cybersecurity law represents a new and significant development for Thailand, prompting institutions and individuals to seek further information and guidance on cybersecurity. Interested agencies can consult the National Telecommunication Company (NT) for inquiries and assistance with IT Security services, as emphasised by Sanae.

Thailand’s commitment to bolstering its cybersecurity systems underscores its determination to create a secure environment in the digital era. In support of this initiative, NT has introduced IT Security services geared towards enhancing system and equipment security for both government and private sector entities.

In the meeting, the participation of key figures and organisations in explaining the Royal Decree reflects a collaborative approach to tackling digital crimes comprehensively. The Decree’s focus on using technology effectively reinforces its role in safeguarding citizens and maintaining the nation’s economic integrity in an increasingly digital landscape.

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