[PRESS RELEASE] “Sovereignty and Gender in Cyberspace” | Reflection Session 2

September 12, 2021 10:16 pm || By

Zoom, September 1, 2021 – As part of efforts to increase capacity in cybersecurity, the Center for Digital Society, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, in collaboration with the Data Research Center, Campus Fryslan, University of Groningen, held interdisciplinary cybersecurity training. This training program is part of the Orange Knowledge Program grant funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic Neso as part of the Dutch government’s policy. One of the activities carried out under the umbrella of this collaboration is holding a Reflection Session, a reflection session carried out by training participants from training materials through Blended Learning Sessions (BLS), which the Data Research Center team has provided. This time, CfDS and DRC will conduct Reflection Session 2, which continues the Blended Learning Session 2 activity with the theme Sovereignty and Gender in Cyberspace. Together with Mr. Ardi Sutedja (Chairman of the Indonesia Cyber ​​Security Forum) as a discussion starter who tried to reflect on this theme in everyday life according to the context in Indonesia.

Understanding the Cyberspace

Starting the discussion session, Ardi Sutedja invited participants to see the digitalization process through helicopter view and understand what cyberspace is to understand why this cyberspace is essential. Therefore, he explained what cyber security and resilience are. According to him, security protects computer networks, data processing, infrastructure, and operating systems from disturbances and threats, both from within and outside the country. While cyber resilience is not only related to National Security but also is law enforcement. He also explained further about cyber warfare and cyber-attacks. According to him, cyber warfare is a conflict that occurs on the internet involving attacks on the opponent’s information and information technology infrastructure. The objectives of cyber-attacks are to defacing websites, crippling networks, disrupting, and disabling important services sharing, crippling financial and economic systems, stealing and altering economic statistics.

Cybersecurity Conditions in Indonesia

After explaining the cybespace, he gave the participants the cyber security condition in Indonesia. Currently, in Indonesia itself, there are still many challenges in the cyber world, including Behavior and habits of the Indonesian people, HR problems that are not yet qualified, Digital culture is still relatively low, Crisis management when incidents occur, Privacy and data protection safeguards, as well as the entry of technologies future which is quite challenging to understand. On the other hand, the government often demands people to transform into the digital realm, but the government also does not explain the impact or threat of the cyber world. Even now, the government has not provided the right strategy to dispel these digital problems. Closing his presentation, Ardi Sutedja said, “The government does not only solve cybersecurity problems, but all parties must be aware of it.”  

Author: Firya Qurratu’ain A.
Editor: Ruth T. Simanjuntak