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Indonesia’s Cyber Challenge in Focus with Looming 2019 Elections

Indonesia’s Cyber Challenge in Focus with Looming 2019 Elections (Geopolitical, Terrorism)

Late last week, Indonesia’s military chief issued a call to the country’s security forces to upgrade their digital skills to confront a range of challenges. His comments were just the latest in a long string of similar statements issued by Indonesian officials highlighting the country’s cyber challenges as it prepares to head into presidential elections in April. Indonesia is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to cyber attacks, and the challenge has grown at an alarming rate over the past few years including under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, with the full spectrum of challenges including not just national security or e-commerce, but also in the distribution of so-called fake news and even issues related to e-voting. This week, Indonesia’s cyber challenge was in the headlines again following remarks issued by Indonesia’s military (TNI) commander Hadi Tjahjanto. Tjahjanto’s comments are just the latest in a series of calls by Indonesian officials about the necessity for the country’s security forces to enhance their capabilities to address the rising cyber threats to the country.

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