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MR. ABDUL MUTALIB YUSOF,
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS,
PLENARY SESSION 3: “STRENGTHENING CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION”
OF THE SEOUL CONFERENCE ON CYBERSPACE
17 – 18 OCTOBER 2013,
Ministers, ladies & gentlemen, a very good afternoon. I would like
to share with you some of our perspectives with respect to this
session’s theme ‘Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation’.
technological development of ICT, movement of people and goods,
seamless transmission of data and information, the need for cross-border
cooperation has never been more apparent. Let
me relate this to the context of SOCIAL MEDIA. The immense and rapid
growth of SOCIAL MEDIA in the last couple of years has been phenomenal.
It is inevitable and I will leave with you some facts to think about
over the next few minutes:-
numbers are growing as we speak and these are enough to show us how
communications and human interactions have transcended beyond borders.
Brunei Darussalam is no exception. The usage of WhatsApp
has been estimated to reach about 70 percent across the entire
population of Brunei, and this is not even limited to residents who have
to give you some context, Brunei is a small country with a population
of just under 400,000 and an average annual population growth rate of
about 1.7 percent. Our current per capita income is about 24,000 USD and
average GDP growth rate of 2 percent. Our mobile telephony subscribers
have reached a penetration of 100% since 2008 and now growing to 120
percent as we speak. We have just
started to roll-out a high speed broadband fixed line last mile
initiative, FTTH early last year with a target of reaching 70% of 65,000
households in Brunei Darussalam by end of 2014. At the same time, our
mobile broadband network will also be enhanced with the roll-out of 4G
LTE services starting late this year. The challenge however, is NOT the
infrastructure issues, but with all these new technological
advancements, comes the main challenge of CONTENT. All works of life,
different ages, young and old will now have access to what we call the
www world of the Internet! We are talking about our communities of
Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
considered the above points, cross-border cooperation is therefore
needed to counter challenges faced by these cyberspace communities. The
consequences arising from the misuse of ICT are very significant.
Brunei Darussalam regards this matter seriously and only last year, His
Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who is also
the Prime Minister, called on the need to increase our capacity and
awareness in monitoring, prevention and enforcement with respect to
positive use of the Internet.
6. The role of all stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, society and the users themselves are also emphasised. In
August this year (2013), His Majesty further stated that any negativity
arising from ICT usage must be stopped and countered. This leads to my key point on Cybersecurity and Cybersafety.
Cybercrime Report 2011 revealed that 10 percent of adults who go online
have experienced cybercrime on their mobile phones. The cases of mobile vulnerabilities are also found to be 42% higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
With our high mobile phone penetration and active mobile broadband
users, these findings show us clear concerns that need to be addressed
Cybersafety, young children and youths are notably high users of ICT.
They are however, among the most vulnerable group of users. According to
the ITU: -
9. This is a reality that is happening and Brunei Darussalam regards this matter very seriously. The Government and other relevant stakeholders have taken several steps in response to this issue, such as:-
collaboration among various agencies, between the Government, the
private sector and the public, is the key approach in mitigating
implications arising from cybersecurity and cybersafety threats. In this
context, Brunei Darussalam has established an agency called BruCERT in
works closely with the local and international CSIRTs, network service
providers, security vendors, government agencies as well as other
related organizations to facilitate the detection, analysis and
prevention of security incidents on the internet.
Brunei Darussalam also values the collaborative ties established
between regional and international CERTs and monitoring agencies. These
collaborations are crucial in enforcing the international reporting
lines and standards while managing cross-border threats.
the area of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), I wish to share with you
that the PKI Masterplan has just been concluded early this year. As a
follow-up, the Government is currently conducting a policy review on the
institutional and operational framework of PKI for Brunei Darussalam.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
the depth and intricacies of issues in cyberspace, Brunei Darussalam
looks at regional and international best practices in the management of
both opportunities and threats. To work alone in the cyberspace is just
impossible. To complement our national initiatives, we are also actively
engaging regional and international collaboration.
15. Hence, before i conclude my address, i would like to share my thoughts on the three following points for consideration:
conclude, we look forward to having such collaborative opportunities
gained from this conference today. Let us hope the conference will bring
us a set of good practice guidelines and very focused resolutions on
addressing issues pertaining to cyberspace and cybersecurity. Let’s make
17. Thank you.
 http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20110907_02, 7 September 2011
 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20110907_02, 7 September 2011
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