Chief Security Minister Wiranto warned on Thursday that high-technology threats pose serious security risks across the globe, but reaffirmed that the Indonesian government has taken concrete steps to tackle the issue. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Gov't Has Taken Concrete Steps to Counter High-Tech Threats, Chief Security Minister Says

BY :CARLOS KY PAATH AND SHEANY

OCTOBER 27, 2018

Jakarta. Chief Security Minister Wiranto warned on Thursday that high-technology threats pose serious security risks across the globe, but reaffirmed that the Indonesian government has taken concrete steps to tackle the issue.

"Today, we face an even bigger threat, which is invisible, yet destructive… Cyberattacks, fake news, which result from the development of advanced technology," Wiranto said, as quoted by Suara Pembaruan.

He added that while the government prosecutes cases involving hate speech and fake news, the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), established in May last year, serves as a gatekeeper against cyberattacks.

He reaffirmed commitments by the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to preserve political stability, law and order and national security.

This week marks the pair's fourth year in office.

Indonesia is ranked ninth in Gallup's 2018 Global Law and Order Report, with a score of 89, while it also had the highest level of confidence in the government, in the 2017 Gallup World Poll.

Wiranto highlighted the importance of preserving national unity in Indonesia's complex diversity, and referred to the Interfaith Harmony Forum (FKUB) as an effective platform of dialogue between different religions in the archipelago.

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