National cyber security agency to be formed, says MTIC minister

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MTIC minister YB Dato Abd Mutalib (L) speaks to members of the Legislative Council in a closed-door meeting on Jan 9, 2020. Photo: Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar/The Scoop

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Rasidah Hj Abu Bakar
JANUARY 10, 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The government will establish a national cyber security agency and is currently drafting new cyber security laws, the minister of Infocommunications and Transport revealed.

YB Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohammad Yusof made the announcement during a closed-door dialogue with Legislative Council (LegCo) members on Thursday.

He said the establishment of Cyber Security Brunei (CSB) is still in its infancy, but that the country’s major cyber security services  — such as Cyberwatch, National Digital Forensic Laboratory and BruCERT — are already operational and run by IT Protective Security Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Internal Security Department as an interim cyber security centre. 

The Ministry of Transportation and Infocommunications (MTIC) has recently expanded its role to oversee issues such as cyber security, e-government, as well as science and technology.

Spelling out the ministry’s plans for 2020, YB Dato Abd Mutalib said the government aims to improve Brunei’s international rankings to become Top 4 in ASEAN in the Global Cybersecurity Index; Top 40 in the ICT Development Index and Top 40 in a United Nations E-Government Survey.

He told LegCo members that a draft of the Digital Economy Master Plan framework will be launched by the first quarter of this year.

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