Jakarta (ANTARA) - Women can play a crucial role in maintaining cybersecurity by educating children in their families about it from an early age, Head of the National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) Hinsa Siburian said.

"Whether or not the cyberspace is safe is very dependent on women since it is mothers' role to educate children on how to use a smartphone," he said during the Kartini Digital event here on Tuesday.

Cyberspace comes with the threat of attacks, both technical and social. Tackling technical attacks requires special training to master the ins and outs of technology, he explained.

However, women, in general, can play a part in preventing social attacks through simple steps, namely supporting early education in families, he added.

He highlighted that social cyberattacks come in the form of information engineered to affect ideas, emotions, and motivations. He stressed that social attacks can potentially ruin a nation's unity.

"If we are attacked, being attacked here means assaulted by information that goes against the Pancasila ideology, then Indonesia will fall apart. This is because we consist of various tribes, religions, and others," he explained.

“These (Such attacks) are engineered in such a way to produce hatred or intolerance," he added.

BSSN will also continue to provide full support to women in Indonesia to improve their interest and education related to the digital world, specifically the field of cybersecurity, Siburian said.

While women have an important role in it, cybersecurity is a collective responsibility that should be carried out comprehensively, he underlined. Thus, it requires synergy, collaboration, and commitment from all stakeholders.

He also urged all parties to cooperate to empower Indonesian women in the digital world.

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Translator: Rizka K, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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