The third Australia-Indonesia Cyber Policy Dialogue was held virtually on 2 September 2020. The multi-agency Dialogue reinforced the close cyber cooperation and partnerships between the two countries in the areas of information sharing, cyber security best practices, capacity building and enhancing digital economy and addressing cybercrime.
The Australian delegation was led by the Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Dr. Tobias Feakin, and included representatives from the Australian Cyber Security Centre, the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Home Affairs, theDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Indonesian delegation, led by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hinsa Siburian, Head of the National Cyber and Crypto Agency(BSSN), included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the Indonesian National Police, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the Ministry of Defense, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra and BSSN.
The Dialogue affirmed the two countries’ ongoing commitment to enhance bilateral engagement on, and mutual understanding of, cyber issues consistent with the Plan of Action for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2020-2024), signed by our Foreign Ministers in Canberra on 10 February 2020. Participants discussed the evolving situation in cyber space, including main challenges and best practice approaches to managing strategic threats, national cyber security strategies and relevant legislation.
Participants expressed strong concern about the increasing frequency and severity of cyber security incidents, including malicious cyber activities by actors who seek to exploit the current COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain. Both Participants acknowledged the need for international coordination to deter and respond to malicious cyber activities which undermine international peace and security.
Both Participants affirmed the importance of international and regional mechanisms to build a more stable and secure cyberspace, including the UN Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) in which both countries participate and the Open Ended Working Group. Australia and Indonesia expressed their ongoing commitment to act in accordance with the reports of the 2010, 2013 and 2015 UN GGEs and to promote a peaceful and stable cyberspace underpinned by international law and the articulated 11 norms of responsible state behaviour.
The Dialogue demonstrated Australian and Indonesian law enforcement agencies’ ongoing commitment to addressing cybercrime. Participants underscored the importance of capable an robust national law enforcement institutions, as well as international partnerships involving governments, international organisations and the digital industry sector.
Australia and Indonesia reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in multilateral for a on confidence building and capacity building measures, including the ASEAN Regional Forum’s ICT Security work stream.
The Dialogue provided the opportunity to review the 2018 Indonesia-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Cooperation (MoU), including the positive outcomes derived from sharing information and best practice, and supporting skills development, including through the Cyber Boot Camp. Participants agreed to continue to collaborate on joint initiatives to strengthen cyber resilience nationally and in the region and agreed to extend the MoU for a further two years.
The Indonesian delegation thanked Australia for hosting the third meeting and looked forward to hosting the next meeting.