Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) has started preparing measures to mitigate cyberattack risks, which are expected to rise ahead of the 2024 General Elections, an official from the agency, Anton Setiyawan, has informed.

"We pray that we can hopefully repel (cyberattacks) and protect our General Election system," he said here on Thursday.

According to Setiyawan, the General Elections Commission (KPU) has developed a good system for the 2024 elections.

KPU has consistently coordinated with the BSSN to protect cyberspace security, including by forming a task force that involves several stakeholders.

"We have a task force. We cooperate with colleagues that provide infrastructure, colleagues in the industry, and Kominfo (Communication and Information Ministry) as the one responsible for content in cyberspace," he informed.

The danger of cyberattacks during the 2024 General Elections is not too high, since vote collection and calculation will still be done manually, he explained.

However, cyberattack mitigation efforts need to be prepared thoroughly since the recapitulation will still use a computerized system, he said.

All the agency has to do is protect the system at the KPU in order to maintain the integrity of the General Election's recapitulation and results, he added.

The agency also expects that the public and participants of the 2024 election will help the government in protecting the cyberspace.

"For the public, I think that you should use the voting rights well in accordance with the procedure established by the KPU," Setiyawan said.

He further said he expects the general elections to proceed well, given that there are entities that will handle the election system, as long as they do it based on procedures.

The entities include the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and political actors.

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