State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan on Monday (15/05) called for reform of Indonesia's information security system to avoid the possibility of proxy and cyberwars. (Reuters Photo/Pawel Kopczynski)

National Cyber Agency to Begin Operations Next Month


MAY 21, 2016

Jakarta. The government will soon officiate a national body aimed at protecting all of its institutions from wiretappings, a senior minister has said.

A presidential regulation on the National Cyber Agency will be issued next month, around a year after the proposal for the establishment was first initiated.

"It took a long time due to the complexity to form such a body. But now we are almost there," chief security minister Luhut Panjaitan said on Friday (18/05), as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

"The regulation is now being prepared. It will be finished in a month."

The formation of the agency was first proposed in March last year by Luhut's predecessor, Tedjo Edhi Wibowo.

The plan came after growing concerns over reports onĀ Australia's attempt to spy on a number of senior Indonesian officials, including former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The revelation was made based on a series of secret documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.