Civil Security Delegation 2019

The seminar on civil security technologies and services with a focus in building and IT security held by EKONID showed that Indonesia and Germany has similar challenges, and may require similar solutions, in responding to increased cyber-attacks that comes with the rise of the internet economy.

Indonesia is the fastest growing Internet economy in Southeast Asia, at 49% in CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) between 2015-2018, according to a research conducted by Google and Temasek. The same research concluded that the country’s Internet economy is poised to grow to US$100 billion by 2025 from $27 billion in 2018 – accounting for $4 of every $10 spent in the region.

At the same time, the Internet economy boom has also led to increased cyber attacks. According to the Indonesian State Cyber and Cryptography Agency (BSSN), Indonesia experience more than 230 million cyber-attacks throughout 2018. The BSSN center of operations noted that 40 percent of the attacks were malware-based. Additionally, the agency recorded 28.8 million attacks to the Indonesian Election Commission (KPU) throughout the 2019 Indonesian general elections.

The conditions stated above are among the reasons why EKONID held the seminar “Civil Security Technologies and Services” – focus on Building and IT Security at the Ayana Midplaza Jakarta on September 2, 2019.

Around 80 participants attended the event, which was done in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Federal Association for Security Technology, the Association of German Private Security Industry (BDSW), and EconAN International GmbH. The event itself was held from Sept. 2 to 5, in which during the following three days, B2B meetings were held between German company representatives and their Indonesian counterparts.

During the seminar, participants revealed the shared challenges between Indonesia and Germany in safeguarding each nation against cyber-attacks. Rudi Lumanto, Head of the Governance Division at the Indonesian State Cyber and Cryptography Agency (BSSN), said the state of Indonesia’s cyber security is “challenging”, and that there is high demand for security solutions from the country.

“What with the President trying to push digital economy forward. We have to ensure that our economy remains unobstructed by security problems. Truly, from all sides, the demand from our security industry will be massive,” he said.

Darwin Lestari Tan, a senior advisor for the Indonesian Security System Industry Association (AISKINDO), welcomed the seminar on civil security technologies and services, saying that there is still a lack of understanding among Indonesians about the importance of a strong security system.

“And I think having the technologies and services offered by German companies is still very relevant and matches very well with our needs, especially for projects that require high quality, highly technical solutions,” he added.

Sabrina Lopp, Senior Advisor for EconAn International GmbH, found it interesting that Indonesia and Germany actually face the same threats and challenges in regards to cyber security. She hopes that this reality would allow German solutions to be able to help Indonesia in anticipating cyber-attacks.

Anna Wojtas, VP of Global Business Development from rola Security Soltuions GmbH, seconded the notion, saying that Indonesia is not too far behind nor far ahead on the trends seen in Germany.

“So I think everyone is having the same challenges and I think for law enforcement, my area of business, I think it’s the same. My hope is there could be a match there,” she said.