Cyber at the Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security

Cyber at the Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security

Cyber Security International Cyber Policy Engagement
Monday, February 13, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Last week the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Cyber Security and Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs travelled to Jakarta to participate in the third meeting of the Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security.

During the Council meeting Australia and Indonesia reiterated their steadfast commitment to a stable and prosperous Indo‑Pacific. The countries affirmed their enduring partnership and the importance of working together to respond to regional cyber threats. Importantly, the leaders laid out a range of practical cooperation initiatives planned for the year. From enhanced information sharing to a workshop on cyber-security polices and strategies, the Australia-Indonesia cyber security relationship will go from strength to strength in 2017.

Cyber security is a topic of growing significance for both countries. The Indonesian government has noted a rise of attacks on the Indonesian e-commerce sector; and it is taking steps to establish a new cyber agency to consolidate and expand the government’s efforts.Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy also noted that the Indo-Pacific is disproportionally afflicted by cybercrime, and proposes increased regional engagement and capacity building.

During the Council meeting, Ministers and officials discussed the value of enhanced cooperation with industry and the necessity of addressing a cyber security skills shortage experienced by both countries.  The direct economic toll of cybercrime is far from the whole picture: the digital economy represents potential for rapid development over the next decade and policies designed to drive awareness, skilling and innovation are necessary precursors to that growth.

Indonesia’s new National Cyber Agency represents an opportunity for collaboration and sharing experiences with Australia’s Cyber Security Centre.

Specifically, Ministers:

  • agreed that, given its increasing importance to both our countries, ministers with responsibility for cyber security will become permanent members of the Ministerial Council on Law and Security and participate in future meetings.
  • noted the successful visit of Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs to Indonesia and welcomed the inaugural Australia-Indonesia Cyber Policy Dialogue to be held in Canberra in the first half of 2017.
  • agreed that an Indonesian inter-agency delegation would visit Australia to participate in a workshop on the development of a cyber security strategy, with a view to exchanging best practice and meeting key representatives from across government, business and academia.
  • discussed the range of cyber threats facing Australia and Indonesia and agreed to explore avenues for close collaboration to protect and secure our digital economies.
  • shared respective domestic initiatives to respond to cyber threats and agreed that enhanced cooperation on cyber security issues bilaterally and with key regional partners is essential to combat regional threats not bound by national borders, and to ensure that the internet is an open, free and secure platform.
  • discussed Indonesia’s plans to establish a new national cyber agency and the assistance that Australia may be able to provide, in light of Australia’s experience in establishing the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

The Joint Communiqué from the 2017 Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Council on Law and Security can be found on the Attorney-General’s website.