Malaysia has announced a partnership with Huawei as part of a push to become a regional leader in cybersecurity and increase the technical skills of its workers. Malaysia’s government appears unconcerned about Huawei’s reputational issues and the news comes amid ongoing cybersecurity controversies in Myanmar and Cambodia.
Chinese cyber spies have been attacking Southeast Asia for a long time. It is high time that ASEAN and Southeast Asian governments find an effective way of plugging the existing technological loophole.
Online casinos are investing vast sums of time and money in protecting their customers’ data. Despite this effort, cyber threats remain a major concern for their operations.
Jakarta remains among the least safe cities in the region. But the threats residents face are systemic rather than violent.
Last week Thailand’s national assembly passed a new Cybersecurity Law law that grants the government broad powers to access internet users’ data. Critics say the law’s vague language could be used to violate rights to freedom of speech and expression.
ASEAN governments are seeing severe digital security breaches and violations of users’ privacy. Rather than improving cybersecurity, the region’s governments are using these threats to crack down on internet freedoms.
The tightened Chinese cyber laws will give foreign firms a tough time when conducting business in China.
The Thai Government’s amendments to the Computer Crime Act represent their tightest restrictions so far on online freedom of expression. This is likely to be an indication of things to come as the junta prepares for a 2017 election, but hope may come from an unlikely source.