Cyber Security Crucial for indonesia: Wiranto

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  • Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaCoordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto has expressed his appreciation that Indonesia had finally got a National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), as cyber security is a must for the nation.

    The cybersecurity agency is crucial for Indonesia in responding to the global, regional, and national developments, he said on Wednesday.

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    Previously, cybersecurity was handled by a cyber desk in Wiranto`s office.

    Although the BSSN chief is directly accountable to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the coordination on cybersecurity, which involves BSSN, the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), the National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) and the National Narcotic Agency (BNN), is under Wiranto.

    Meanwhile, Jokowi installed Major General of the Indonesian Army, Djoko Setiadi, as head of the BSSN at the State Palace on Wednesday.

    Setiadi, the former chief of the State Code Agency, was sworn in by the president in the presence of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, several cabinet ministers, and some high-ranking government officials.

    Also present at the occasion were Chief of the People`s Consultative Assembly Zulkifli Hasan; Deputy Chief of the Constitutional Court Anwar Usman; Governor of Bank Indonesia, the central bank, Agus Martowardojo; Military Chief Hadi Tjahjanto; Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto; Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung; and Chief of the Presidential Staff Teten Masduki.

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    Djoko`s inauguration was in accordance with Presidential Regulation No. 53 of 2017, signed on May 19, 2017, on the establishment of BSSN.

    Under the regulation, the BSSN chief possesses ministerial-level authority.

    The BSSN is a non-ministerial government agency, which is directly accountable to the president and is tasked with detecting and preventing cybercrimes through an effective and efficient cybersecurity system by using and consolidating all related elements.

    Setiadi was born in Surakarta. After graduating from high school in 1977, he enrolled at the State Encryption Academy.

    He had served as head of the National Encryption Agency for seven years and had earlier held several positions in various government institutions.