Oct. 11 — Southeast Asian nations Oct. 11 agreed to cooperate more closely on cybersecurity, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said at the close of its first Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity.

There is a need for stronger coordination on regional cybersecurity capacity building and strengthening cybersecurity in ASEAN by continuing to hold cybersecurity discussions at the ministerial and senior official levels, ministers and senior officials from all 10 ASEAN member countries agreed.

Developing “practical cybersecurity norms of behavior” across ASEAN in order to harness digital technology for economic progress and raising living standards, was endorsed by the member countries—Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

ASEAN member countries agreed to choose an appropriate platform to discuss regional cybersecurity strategy and cooperation and to recommend such a platform at the upcoming Meeting of the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministries in November.

There is an increased need for international cybersecurity cooperation after high-profile attacks against the U.S. government and international banking institutions, including many in the southeast Asia region.

ASEAN-General H.E Le Luong Minh attended the conference, which was chaired by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s minister for communications and information and the minister in charge of cybersecurity. The conference was held as part of the first Singapore’s first International Cyber Week.

Ibrahim also held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the conference with cybersecurity principals from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the ASEAN Secretary-General, H.E Le Luong Minh, according to the ASEAN statement.

Source: Southeast Asia Nations Agree to Strengthen Cybersecurity