Welcome Address by H.E Tifatul Sembiring Minister for Communication and Information Technology


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Welcome Address by H.E Tifatul Sembiring Minister for Communication and Information Technology Republic of Indonesia in The Indonesia Information Security Forum 2012
Bandung, 10 October 2012

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Welcome Address by H.E Tifatul Sembiring Minister for Communication and Information Technology

  1. 1. Welcome Addressby H.E TifatulSembiring Minister for Communication and Information Technology Republic of Indonesia The Indonesia Information Security Forum 2012 Bandung, 10 October 2012Excellencies,Distinguished colleagues,Ladies and gentlemen,Assalammualaikim, Warrohmatullahi Wabarokatuh,Good Morning and peace beupon us all,It is a great pleasure to be with you here this morning forthe Indonesia Information Security Forum 2012I am honoured to be part of this very important forumandto be able to address one of the most important topics ofour time – which is the issue of confidence buildingmeasures in cyberspace
  2. 2. Distinguished participants,We all recognize that Internet are part of everything we doin the modern world, and will continue to play an ever-increasing role in social and economic development as wemove forward.There already are more than six billion mobile cellularsubscriptions1, and more than 2.4 billion people areonline2. We are also rapidly seeing devices interconnectedwith one another, and it is predicted that there will be 50billion connected devices by 20203.In case of Indonesia bythe end of 2011, the total number of Internet users was 55million4 where an average of one out of six people wasonline.Increased connectivity, however, brings its own problems,of course, and particularly the need to assure global publicconfidence and security incyberspace.1 ITU data release June 20122 Forrester Research World Online Population Forecast, 20123 EricssonWhitePaper, February 20114 http://www.internetworldstats.com/
  3. 3. Distinguished participants,Recent years have witnessed the considerable progressachieved in developing and applying the latest informationand communication technologies (ICTs), which couldpotentially be used for purpose that are inconsistent withthe objectives of maitaining international stability andsecurity.The global community would be best served if thesovereign right of each state could be harmonized on theregulatory side that it would emanate in an acceptable andfair solution for all stakeholders.It is of great significance that the common challenges inthe sphere of cyber security should be dealt with throughinternational cooperation and in the spirit of mutualrespect. Due considerations should be taken into account,that service providers, parties and other stakeholdersshould gain benefit from each ICTs development(nationally and or globally) causing direct or indirect globalimplications.
  4. 4. Endeavors for business opportunities ignoring a fairdistribution of revenue making and or fail in providingacceptable international security measures and as far aspossible recognizing the diverse national regulatoryrequirements, would jeopardize interalia the spirit ofmutual cooperation and hence defeat the globalcybersecurity and efforts in combating cybercrime.Distinguished participants,We need to address these issues, thus,Indonesiagovernment addressed contribution to ITU Council 2012regarding Strengthening Cybersecurity Measures. Theproposal notedthat it is important to take into account thecreating of a global cybersecurity convention based on amutual spirit for building confidence and security in theuse of information and communication technologies (ICTs)for cybersecurity that reduce illicit use of ICTs, includingcombating cybercrime and protecting againstcyberthreats. Our efforts are not just stopping here, but wewill continue to deliver our proposals in related fora suchUNGA September 2012 in New York, WCIT-12 in Dubai,WPTF 2013 in Geneva, etc.
  5. 5. We all are aware that the strength and security of theoverall global chain would depend on the strength andsecurity of the weakest link. Hence, the least denominatorwould be the developing countries and the leastdeveloped ones in particular where the need forcooperation and coordination between States isconsidered crucial.It is important to calls upon each States to promote furtherat multilateral levels the consideration of existing andpotential threats in the field of cybersecurity, as well aspossible strategies to address the threats emerging in thisfield, consistent with the need to maintain internationalstability and security. By doing this the global communitywould benefit most if the international Internet-relatedpublic policy issues is regarded as a heritage ofhumankind, instead of a commodity for competition.
  6. 6. Distinguished participants,Recognizing the souvereign right of each States, interaliain regulating the degree of acceptability of informationwithin their countries, administrations and serviceproviders engaged with international network shall takedue considerations in their cooperation in providingacceptable international security measures as far aspossible recognizing the diverse national regulatoryrequirements as well as in solving their diverse interestsand their implications to the degree of cybercrime.It is envisaged that each State would contribute moreeffectively in a concerted effort for enhancing a globalcybersecurity, which in the long term would tremendouslyimprove the close cooperation among all States. It is mostimportant that the present Cybersecurity governanceshould take serious steps in accommodating a newenvironment of managing the global Internet.Distinguished participants,
  7. 7. I am firmly convinced that building an internationalframework for cybersecurity with high-level principles,such as international cooperation is vital to ensurecybersecurity and the correct governance of cyberspace.Governments, the private sector, internationalorganizations and civil society are now called upon todevelop the implementation of international norms andprinciples that will lead to a sustainable and proactiveculture of cybersecurity, building on national, regional andinternational efforts.Distinguished participants,We do hope the conferencecan promote further atmultilateral levels the consideration of existing andpotential threats in cyberspace as well as identify the rightand responsibilities of States in cyber space in providingacceptable international security each state. It is of greatsignificance that the common challenges in the sphere ofcyber security should be dealt with through internationalcooperation and in the spirit of mutual respect.
  8. 8. We do hope that we will see strong commitment byall therelevant stakeholders to agree on common standards,international norms, and principles which will enableconfidence building measures in cyberspace withindifferent juridiction.I personally offer my sincere thanks to all international anddomestic speakers, for thier willingness in discussing theirideas and sharing their experience to further develop inensuring that cyberspace is a safe and peacefulenvironment.Finally, we have the potential for a brighter future than anygeneration in human history. So let’s seize that opportunityand create a cyber world where that future can be realizedtoward a better justice in Cyberspace.Thank you.WassalammualaikumWarrohmatullahi Wabarokatuh,Tifatul Sembiring