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Reimagining Cyber Capacity-Building in Southeast Asia

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The seminar will be held in hybrid mode, i.e. in-person on the ANU Campus, and virtually on zoom.

IN-PERSON: Lecture Theatre 2 (HB2), Hedley Bull, 130 Garran Rd, Acton ACT 2601

ONLINE: Zoom. Please select the relevant ticket, in-person or online, according to your preferred attendance mode.

Southeast Asia’s digital decade has begun. However, seizing its full potential in the emerging data-driven economy requires confronting head-on fundamental challenges in cybersecurity: Internet penetration is high, but digital inequity is growing; mobile connections are skyrocketing, yet digital literacy to combat cybercrime, disinformation, and misinformation is plummeting. Most importantly, cyberattacks are rising, but trust-building among key stakeholders remains stagnant, or worse, declining. If these issues are not fully addressed, the region’s digital ambitions oriented around ASEAN’s inclusive community-building agenda are likely to be aspirational rather than attainable.

To harmonize and elevate Southeast Asia’s cyber resiliency and capacity, the Pacific Forum in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) released the report Cyber ASEAN: Advancing Cyber Resiliency and Capacity in Southeast Asia.” Cyber ASEAN is the region’s homegrown cyber-capacity assessment framework comprising four pillars: international collaboration, international technical standards, information-sharing, and incident or threat management and inclusion. 

This seminar will showcase the key findings and outcomes of Cyber ASEAN that resulted from its two-year multistakeholder consultations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Viet Nam throughout 2022 – 2023. The panel of experts will share their views on the increasing need for more context-specific cyber capacity-building initiatives to achieve lasting impact and sustainability amid the speedy digital transformation and increasing geopolitical tensions in Southeast Asia and more broadly, the Indo-Pacific.

Download the report, and learn more about Cyber ASEAN: http://cyberasean.pacforum.org

This seminar is organised in partnership with the Pacific Forum. Light refreshments will be provided after the seminar. 

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