The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology launched a web crawler, operated by a special team known as Cyber Drone 9, at the beginning of the year to actively seek out negative content on the internet and prevent Indonesians from accessing it. (Reuters Photo/Mal Langsdon)

President Jokowi Hopes to Launch National Cyber Security Agency

MAY 28, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesa's President Joko Widodo has announced plans to form a National Cyber Agency, or BCN, to step up Indonesia's capabilities in fighting off cyber threats.

The government is scheduled to hold a National Cyber Security Symposium from June 3-4, during which officials will further discuss the new agency.

“The Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs will work with the Communications and Information Technology Ministry and alumni from the National Resilience Institute [Lemhanas] to hold the event, which aims to support the president’s plan,” chief security minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said in Jakarta on Thursday.

Communications Minister Rudiantara said Indonesia had been the target of a high number of cyber threats in recent years, but declined to reveal the exact number or the specific nature of those threats.

“We have the data but it’s a sensitive topic to discuss. We receive many threats every day. We have also come across cyber criminals who use Indonesia’s name to attack other countries,” he said.