Seoul ADEX ExpereinceIn the first quarter of 2023, Indonesia’s Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) took a major step in this direction with the signing of a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) with Thales, a European leader in cyber security and world leader in data protection. In September 2022, Indonesia passed its first data protection law, inspired by the European Union’s GDPR framework, underscoring the Republic’s attention on cyber security. As indicated in the Presidential Regulation No. 82 of 2022 on the Protection of Vital Information Infrastructure (IIV), BSSN’s role as Indonesia’s primary cyber and signal intelligence agency is to oversee and strengthen Indonesia’s cyber security.

The MoU was signed in Jakarta by Lieutenant General (Ret.). Hinsa Siburian, Chief of BSSN, and Nicolas Bouverot, vice president for Thales Asia. The signing of this MoU with Thales aligns with the National Cyber Security Strategy (SKSN)’s position to strengthen collaboration with private cyber security companies. SKSN stakeholders consist of state administrators, business actors, academics, and communities.

“We appreciate Thales’ willingness to collaborate in strengthening BSSN’s capacities and cyber security posture in Indonesia,” said Siburian. “With the support of Thales, a leading multinational company with extensive expertise in cyber security, we hope to jointly develop solutions that can help Indonesia reach nationwide cyber sovereignty,” he added.

Bouverot expressed his appreciation for the new collaboration with BSSN, which reinforces Thales’ existing cyber security presence in Indonesia. “The most demanding companies, governments and institutions need to ensure the resilience of their systems and activities against any cyber threat or attack. With over forty years of cyber security expertise, Thales is ready to accompany Indonesia in its ambitions towards cyber sovereignty. We will build on our current cyber security footprint in the most demanding critical institutions in Indonesia and worldwide to make a success of our collaboration with BSSN, accompanied by our local partners,” he said.

As a global leader in cyber security, Thales is involved at every level of the cyber value chain, offering solutions ranging from risk assessment to protection of critical infrastructure, supported by comprehensive threat detection and response capabilities. Its offer is built around three families of products and services, which generated more than €1.5bn in sales in 2022:

  • A complete suite of cyber security services including risk assessment, training and simulation, and cyberattack detection and response;
  • Sovereign products including encryptors and sensors to protect critical information systems;
  • Data Security Platform, Access Identity & Access Management as a service solution, and the broader cloud protection & licensing offerings,

In 2023, Thales plans to hire 12,000 people worldwide, including more than 700 experts in cyber security.

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