Asia Pacific Roundtable Revisits Cyber Security Issue

Last update: 20/05/2017

By Ismail Amsyar Mohd Said KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Bernama) -- Since its inception 30 years ago, the Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) has faced challenges in putting together topics to be discussed at highly-anticipated meetings to ensure its relevance to the region while trying to avoid being repetitive at the same time.

The APR has consistently maintained a holistic point of view when deciding on topics to be tabled at the meetings, including security issues, regional trade arrangements and their strategic implications, climate change, irregular migration and human security issues, said Elina Noor, Director for Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia .

"This year, at the 31st APR, we will revisit the issue of cyber security after a debate session on the issue two years ago. It is a hot and topical issue that has not been so well understood in the Asia Pacific region.

"There is a lot of focus on cyber crime but not on the strategic aspect of cyber security, as to how governments are contending with the issue with privacy, national security and how the private sector, which is an integral part of cyber security, can be brought into the picture," she said to Bernama in an interview here.

Elina said the issue of cyber security had become a grey area, not only to the region but also globally where different sectors in the industry try to find ways to have an open conversation about cyber security without trespassing on national security ground.....