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Seminar II · Social Policy & Justice

Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age 

In this digital age, headlines about cyber attacks and cyber security have become increasingly commonplace, and the need to arm people with the skills required to protect digital assets from malicious activity only becomes greater. According to the Hon Dan Tehan, the Australian Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, cyber attacks and threats are among the greatest challenges that the Asia-Pacific region is currently facing, as “eight out of the world’s ten countries most threatened by malicious cyber activity are in Asia.” The Asia-Pacific is especially vulnerable to cyber attacks due to its high digital connectivity, contrasted with low cyber security awareness; growing cross-border data transfers; and weak regulations that result in a lack of transparency.

A spate of highly public cyberattacks have shaken the region the last few years. For example, one of 2018’s biggest security incidents was the public disclosure of a set of Central Processing Unit (CPU) vulnerabilities within Intel, ARM and AMD computer chips. Once exploited, attackers could access data that would be off limits under ordinary circumstances, thus posing a serious threat to data integrity worldwide.

In this seminar, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the issue of cyber security and collaborate to formulate new ways of raising the degree of cyber transparency and mitigate cyber risks in the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier Event: August 18
Plenary II
Later Event: August 18