E-commerce for trade: new cybersecurity support for Indonesia’s micro, small and medium enterprises

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A new program will help Indonesian companies ready to integrate into regional and global trade markets to test their cybersecurity readiness.


The Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC), Indonesia’s National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) and Ministry of Cooperation, and UMKM Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkop UMKM RI) are delighted to launch an initiative focused on cyber e-commerce for trade for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

Funded by the Australian government, Cyber E-commerce for Trade is an Australian government initiative aimed at helping countries in the Indo-Pacific take full advantage of the digital economy by increasing their e-commerce capabilities.

To be designed and delivered by the AIC, the program will improve the cybersecurity competencies of Indonesian MSMEs that are ready to take the next big step of integration into ASEAN and global trade.

Read an interview with program coordinator Professor Caroline Chan

The goal is to run a pilot program that helps MSMEs to increase awareness of cybersecurity, understand its risks and respond effectively to it.  Lessons from this pilot program will be used when opportunities are considered for scaling the initiative for use across Indonesia and in other countries.

As MSMEs account for 99% of all business in Indonesia and provide 89% of private-sector employment in the country, their role for the country’s economy is critical and even more so following the aftermath of COVID-19.

In conjunction with BSSN, the Ministry of Cooperation and UMKM of Indonesia, and regional governments, the AIC and BSSN have selected 100 MSMEs for the program.

In a COVID-19 context, the training will be delivered online using webinar and online tools, supported by peer-to-peer learning methods.  Content will be practical and cover the areas of design and development of cybersecurity awareness/culture, risk management and mitigation, developing cybersecurity incident response plans and managing cyber incidents.

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