Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo swore in Major General Djoko Setiadi as chief of Indonesia's new cyber security unit, the National Cyber Encryption Agency or BSSN, at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (03/01).
Djoko was the chief of the old National Cyber Security Agency (Lemsaneg), which is now being disbanded.
He said BSSN is a transformation of Lemsaneg and will have greater duties and responsibilities.
"BSSN will start operating in the middle of this month. We're disbanding Lemsaneg," Djoko told reporters after his swearing-in ceremony.
He said BSSN will work together with other security agencies to protect big data in the country from hackers.
"We have to band together if we're going to have any chance against hackers. We should be like the fibers in a broom, stronger together," Djoko added.
President Jokowi signed a regulation in June last year to pave the way for BSSN's establishment.
The new agency will be directly under the control of the president according to the 2017 Presidential Regulation on National Cyber Encryption Agency.
"This agency will be very important. We have to find a way to match our security measures with rapid development in cyber crime," Jokowi said in Jakarta on Tuesday.