The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) on Tuesday announced the launch of the Cyber Security Brunei (CSB) website, the national cybersecurity agency formed to ensure a more secure and resilient cyber ecosystem in the country.

This was revealed by MTIC Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof during an event at the DST Headquarters recently. 

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The minister shared in a speech, that the CSB has been operational since August 1, serving as an agency that monitors and coordinates national efforts in addressing cyber security threats as well as cyber crimes.

“It is through CSB that strategies, policies and framework governing cybersecurity are formulated and implemented with the relevant critical information infrastructures (CIIs) as the main constituents,” he added.

YB Dato Abdul Mutalib described the formation of the CSB as “one of the key strategic enablers” in transforming the sultanate into a Smart Nation, however its establishment has an increased significance, especially in this age of rapid digitalisation due to COVID-19. 

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof delivering his speech during at event at the DST Headquarters. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“While it has always been at the forefront, the importance of cybersecurity has become more significant especially after COVID-19,” he explained. 

He noted how there has been a global surge in demand for digital connectivity due to the pandemic, as digital services and platforms become the solution amidst restriction measures and disrupted logistics chains. 

For Brunei Darussalam, up to July of this year, demand for fixed broadband and bandwidth utilisation has increased by 32 per cent and 52 per cent respectively, he said. 

“Cybersecurity threats and incidents have become more evident with opportunistic and irresponsible actors launching cybersecurity attacks to disrupt critical services and systems,” continued YB Dato Abdul Mutalib. 

“Malicious activities such as phishing and scams capitalising on COVID-19 have also increased, feeding on publci anxiety and uncertainty of the situation,” he added. 

With its vision of ensuring a secure and resilient cyber space for the nation, the CSB is currently carrying out three main services: BruCERT (Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team), National Digital Forensic Laboratory and Cyber Watch Centre (CWC).

The minister then expressed hopes that the initiative will further encourage more agencies, organisations and users alike to come up with more innovation and participate in digital economy initiatives with more confidence.

The MTIC minister also hopes that the establishment of CSB will further spur interest in careers as cybersecurity experts and professionals among local youth.

The website can be accessed at www.csb.gov.bn for more information.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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