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Ministry, JICA cyber-security project to begin in 2023

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Telecoms minister Chea Vandeth (centre) oversees the MoU signing ceremony on November 29. TELECOM MINISTRY

Ministry, JICA cyber-security project to begin in 2023

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) co-signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a project to improve cyber resilience and further strengthen the Kingdom’s cyber-security.

Telecoms minister Chea Vandeth witnessed the November 29 MoU signing on technical assistance cooperation between the two institutions for the “Cyber Resilience Improvement Project” at the Ministry’s headquarters.

JICA’s Cambodia office chief representative Kamei Haruko was on hand to sign the MoU for the project, which will be formally implemented in 2023 with the goal of improving the capacity of cyber-security incident response teams and enhancing the cyber-security activities of the ministry and relevant state institutions.

The project also aims to provide input to legislators and ministry officials on drafting laws and procedural documents to strengthen cyber-security in order to achieve the common goal of building the resilience of digital society in Cambodia.

In a November 29 social media post, JICA said that at a pre-signing meeting, the two sides exchanged views on relations between the two countries and discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation in digital technology and cyber-security.

“Under this technical cooperation agreement, both sides expect that cyber-security resilience will be further strengthened by increasing the capacity of cyber-security officials at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology,” the post announced.

The project also includes activities such as upgrading the capacity of the computer emergency response team (CSIRT), raising cyber-security awareness among relevant institutions, people and operators working with critical information infrastructure (CII), and developing policies and standards documents for the sector.

“We appreciate the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for its active cooperation in setting up this project,” the Facebook post read.

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