CSI 2017: DSA Interview with BeyondTrust

Scott Carlson, Technical Fellow, BeyondTrust        

Data&StorageAsean: Why has cyber security become such an important issue for Indonesia and what does Cyber Security Indonesia (CSI) 2017 hope to achieve?

Scott Carlson: Awareness of the need, products, and solutions can come out of CSI 2017.  Those responsible for Cyber Security need to understand that there are many different ways to think about the solutions and many different controls to put in place to solve problems.  By exposure to vendors, talks, and experts - learning can happen and thus improve the overall security of the community.

Data&StorageAsean: In your view, what are some of the biggest cyber security challenges in Indonesia that need to be addressed urgently?

Scott Carlson: First - education of the residents of Indonesia on the importance of maintaining their computing equipment - including installing updates from the vendors and maintaining their passwords.  these are the most often compromised thing and simply by keeping current, many of the cyber-attacks can be avoided. Second - businesses need to become current with their technology handing of consumer data to include appropriate access controls and encryption to ensure that if there is a breach, the data is unusable.

Data&StorageAsean: What are the factors that have made Indonesia among the most targeted country for cyberattacks, as well as globally recognised as the world’s largest source of cyber- attacks?

Scott Carlson: In the internet age, when a country has excellent access to the internet and an increasingly large consumer base that is ramping up within their knowledge of technology, you often have devices that are left exposed and unprotected.  The emerging technology and internet within use in Indonesia made it a very good target for attackers. 

Data&StorageAsean: How does the state of cyber security in Indonesia impact other countries, especially within the ASEAN region?

Scott Carlson: Every country within similar regions always do business together, exchange information, and support each other because their internet speed is often very quick with each other.  Governments and consumers all now count on the internet for information and digital exchange.  In-region, when one of your neighbors is experiencing a cyber-attack, those closest to it are often the ones to feel the fastest, brunt of the attacks.  Pretty soon these nations next to you cannot trust your traffic as much as they want, and local trading partners could need to fear malware coming from their closest allies.

Data&StorageAsean: According to the United Nations’ ITU Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2017, Indonesia was ranked 69th globally in terms of national commitment to cyber security. Should this be a concern, and do you think positive steps are being taken that will improve the nation’s ranking in the years to come?

Scott Carlson: In 2017-2018 Indonesia seems to be funding the improvement of Cyber Security.  It is difficult to focus a lot of resources in this area when the citizens and economy needs must come first for a functional society.  That said, country leaders are investing heavily as a percentage to ensure that the improvements in Indonesia are enough to help the improved society.  Global ranking is not that important as long as the controls are being put in place to help the nation.

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