During the information and technology(IT) age,cybersecurity concerning with IT is more and more serious issue of the governments’ officials and IT professionals in the world.Though the word cybersecurity may be a little strange for common people in Myanmar,cyberattacks on the country occurred in 2010,the year of the first democractive general election.The attacks targeted Myanmar main internet provider,Myanmar Post and Telecommunicaton.
What is cybersecurity?
So, what is the meaning of sybersecurity? Cybersecurity is the security of information technology and it is the techniques of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unauthorized access or attacks that are aimed for exploitation.There are four major areas in Cybersecurity.They are:
- Information Security
Increased cyber-attacks in ASEAN
Earlier this year,Malaysia said it had foiled an attempted cyberheist on its central bank. And also Singapore suffered its worst-ever cyber attack in July.Hackers stole personal informations of about 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, from a government health database. So,increased cyberattacks and a shortage of cybersecurity professionals have become serious threats in the ASEAN region.
A good news for ASEAN cybersecurity
Last Friday, Asean-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre opened in Thailand to train personnel from Asean countries to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programmes, which include cyber defence, digital forensics and malware analysis. It is a good news for ASEAN region and the centre will born many cybersecurity professionals in the near future.
The idea of the centre came from a meeting between Asean and Japan’s ministers in Cambodia last year.Realizing the importance of regional collaborative efforts to address these,ASEAN and Japan have been strengthening cooperation on information security and human resources development. In particular, ASEAN and Japan have embarked on a cybersecurity capacity building initiative, which aims to enhance capacities of member states’ cybersecurity experts and specialists to build a digital ecosystem that is “safe, secure, and trustworthy.”
“Every Asean member state is experiencing more sophisticated cyber threats, whereas the cybersecurity personnel are yet insufficient,”said Surangkana Wayuparb, executive director of Thailand’s Electronic Transaction Development Agency.Now Thailand is currently drafting cybersecurity and data protection bills, which it expects to become law by the end of the year.
Ref:Bangkok Post/Photo credit:asean.dla.go.th