Singapore and Indonesia sharing experiences in combating cyber threats: DPM Teo

Singapore DPM Teo Chee Hean speaking with Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto in Jakarta on March 8, 2017.
Singapore DPM Teo Chee Hean speaking with Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto in Jakarta on March 8, 2017. PHOTO: MCI

JAKARTA - Singapore and Indonesia are sharing experiences in tackling cyber threats, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Wednesday (March 8).

"We had many positive and good exchanges in counter-terrorism, and I thanked our Indonesian counterparts for helping arrest groups in Indonesia who may be thinking of causing Singapore harm," said DPM Teo.

He was speaking to reporters in Jakarta where he was attending the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit, which ended on Tuesday.

He had met with Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, and Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu separately on the sidelines of the summit on Monday, where they discussed further cooperation on counter-terrorism and cyber security.

He said Indonesia has also turned its focus on cyber security and Mr Wiranto was in Singapore last year to attend a cyber security conference.

"We are sharing our experiences in how to run a cyber security agency and the Indonesians are interested in setting up one as well," he added.

DPM Teo had announced in January 2015 that Singapore will set up to the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) to coordinate public- and private-sector efforts to protect national systems, such as those in the energy and banking sectors, from cyber threats.

Formed under and funded by the Prime Minister's Office, the CSA will oversee the cyber security of 10 critical sectors, including power, transport and telecommunications.

The agency will also oversee the development of Singapore's cyber security master plan, taking over the role from the Infocomm Development Authority.

Last month, Indonesia said it will set up its own National Cyber Agency to deal with cyber crimes in the country.

Indonesian National police chief Tito Karnavian had said the police will support the agency, which would focus on regulating cyber activities in Indonesia, which has a high Internet penetration rate.