Ensuring regional cyberspace is safe, secure

Minister of Transport and Infocommunication, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, who is also the Minister Responsible for Cyber Security, Brunei Darussalam attended the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) and the 5th ASEAN Ministers Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) held via video conference on the 6th to the 8th of October 2020.


With the theme ‘Co-Operation in a Post-COVID Future’, SICW 2020 was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Heng Swee Keat on 6th of October 2020.


In his opening remarks, His Excellency launched Singapore’s Safer Cyberspace Masterplan 2020, where among other things, sets out a blueprint for the creation of a safer cyberspace for the Republic of Singapore.


The official opening was followed by SICW Ministerial Roundtable Session where the ministers discussed on ‘Navigating the Post COVID-19 New Normal: Threats to International Peace and Security in Cyberspace’.


During the session, the Minister shared the perspective of Brunei Darussalam in the effort towards ensuring safer cyberspace. This includes the need for an integrated approach in addressing aspects that are closely related to cyber security namely technological aspects, public and process.


Also held as part of SICW 2020 was the 5th AMCC on 7th October. AMCC is a dialogue between ministers in charge of ICT and ASEAN Cyber Security to discuss key issues and to further facilitate ASEAN cooperation in cybersecurity


During the 5th AMCC, the Minister also shared developments in the cybersecurity landscape in Brunei Darussalam. This includes strengthening the coordination and governance in cybersecurity at the national level through the formation of the National Cybersecurity Committee and the establishment of Cyber Security Brunei (CSB) as the national cybersecurity agency for Brunei Darussalam. The 5th AMCC also took note of developments in the preparation of long-term action plans for responsible state behavior norms in cyberspace. This matter will be further detailed by the newly established committee, ASEAN Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee.


The 5th AMCC has also taken note of the importance of protecting Critical Information Infrastructures (CII) from cyber threats to ensure a safer and more secure regional cyberspace.


SICW held the closing session for the ministerial roundtable on 8th October 2020, highlighting discussions on ‘Adapting to the New Normal: Innovation, Opportunities, and Cooperation’.


In the discussion, panelists and speakers stressed the importance for governments and technology providers to work together based on principles that are translated into practical action, especially in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. SICW is an annual event hosted by Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.


With the theme ‘Co-Operation in a Post-COVID Future’, SICW 2020 provides an integrated platform for international and regional policy makers, business leaders, industry experts and academics to engage in dialogue on trusted and secure cyberspace specially in a post COVID-19 situation.


Also present were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof; Deputy Permanent Secretary for Infocommunications, Awang Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim; Interim Commissioner for Cyber Security Brunei CSB, Awang Shamsul Bahri bin Haji Kamis as a delegation of the Ministry of Transport and Information and Communications as well as senior officials from MTIC.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department