Governance on cyber security
As one cyber expert says, “Nobody is safe in the digital world and even the smartest minds in the cyber security world constantly struggle to fend off hackers in their personal lives”.
According to analysts, there are 2.75 billion Internet users worldwide, of which 1.27 billion are in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report suggests that “malicious activity in cyberspace, which could inflame existing tensions or increase misperception and miscalculation among governments of the intent and risk of cyber actions, poses the greatest cyber risk to security in Asia”.
Unlike traditional security areas, cyberspace issues are transnational in nature. They cannot be handled by any one country alone.
Asean needs to put priority in formulating initiatives to tackle emerging cyber threats both domestically and internationally.
These would include the sharing of best-practices, and the conduct of professional exchanges and education on cyber security, as well as streamlining efforts in enhancing cyber security between different policy areas.
The Brunei Times