Govt Demands Better Private Sector Cybersecurity Amid 'Bjorka' Data Breach
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The rampant series of hacks that compromised Indonesia’s cybersecurity by a hacker called Bjorka - who namely leaked the data of state officials and government institutions - continue to be the core focus of Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate.
Previously, a Twitter account believed to be run by the hacker explained the reason behind the series of data breaches. Bjorka insisted that the data protection policies in Indonesia remain to be very poor which has made it easy for hackers to compromise the system.
"Cyber attacks are also carried out on private electronic service providers (PSE), therefore private PSE operators are asked to really ensure the security of their respective systems because that is an obligation," said Johnny in a press conference on September 14, Antaranews reported.
Instead of addressing government-run cybersecurity measures, the Minister called for private companies to elevate their digital talents’ capabilities who are responsible for securing data owned by members of the public.
“Continue to pay attention and communicate with the government to help if there are suspicions (data breaches). Communicate with the government to get input so that it can maintain the electronic system properly," concluded Johnny.
Johnny’s press conference came after the Indonesian government officially announced the formation of a Data Protection Task Force that involves the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), National Intelligence Agency (BIN), the Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo), and National Police.
The government insists that an investigation of Bjorka is ongoing and is confident that the hacker’s claim of leaking confidential data remains to be proven true.
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