Meeting zeroes in on cybersecurity efforts

The 13th ASEAN Japan Cybersecurity Policy Meeting was co-hosted by Japan and Cambodia. Senior officials from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and the ASEAN Secretariat attended the online meeting.

Brunei Darussalam, as co-lead of Joint Awareness Raising collaborative activities with Singapore, reported on activities for the year.

Cyber Security Brunei (CSB) Interim Commissioner Shamsul Bahri bin Haji Kamis updated on the recent formation of Brunei Darussalam’s National Cybersecurity Agency, which operates under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications. Two from Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) representatives Mohd Zeremy bin Mohd Wazery and Caroline Ho also attended.

The annual meeting also discussed activities and achievements of the three working group meetings held earlier this year, in addition to future cybersecurity cooperation and collaboration activities between ASEAN and Japan.

National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity Japan (NISC) Director General Kenichi Takahashi touched on the importance of the implementation of Cyber Norms among ASEAN-Japan, especially with the background of increased online activities and increased cyber threats during COVID-19.

Host and Co-Chair Cambodia Undersecretary of State Sinawong Sang voiced a similar sentiment.

Participants provided country updates on the promotion of their national cybersecurity policies and strategies, and reports of collaborative activities in 2020.

A screen capture of the online meeting. PHOTO: CSB