Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | 17:31 WIB

Indonesia is Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks due to Lack of Human Resources

A cyber cracker (illustration: geekpause)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia is considered as one of the countries prone to cyber attacks because of the lack of expert human resources in the field of cybersecurity.

"Hacking cases in Indonesia ranging from hacking social media accounts, virus attacks, to a much more destructive such as wire tapping," said Macquarie University CEO Tim Beresford in Jakarta on Monday (5/15).

Indonesia is among the countries most vulnerable to hacker attacks because within three years (2012 to 2015) nearly 500 people were arrested on suspicion of cyber crime.

Experts in cybersecurity are still very few. The number of police officers who deal with cyber crime is still dozens of people. While in South Korea, police who deal with cyber crime numbered thousands.

"Currently, three important areas are growing in the center both in terms of threats and opportunities that are caused by cyber security, actuarial and analytic, and environmental law," he said.

He added that there should be efforts to prepare experts through training to improve the ability of employees, both in companies and government agencies.

"For the long term, degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels need to be considered," Tim said.

Cyber security, Tim continued, is one of Australia's national security priorities. A number of universities have become centers of education and research in this field, one of which is Macquarie University which offers specificities in the areas of strategic studies, cyber security, terrorism, organized crime, and insurrection control.

"A cyber security graduate needs not to worry, as it is estimated that there are more than a million job vacancies in that field," he said.

Macquarie University also provides scholarships worth more than IDR15 billion for Indonesian students ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate levels.