In continued promotion of cybersecurity and public awareness of cybercrime in the South East Asia, Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Executive Director of Mekong Institute, was invited as one of the panelists of the hybrid event on “Third ASEAN Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (3rd ACCPCI)” from August 22 to 24, 2022 at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Bangkok, Thailand.
In his session on cybercrime, Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn highlighted how significant cybersecurity is for the society in the post COVID-19 by saying: “Cybercrime is a transnational crime and it has been increasing in recent years.” He added that this greatly undermines the ASEAN community building efforts and is counterproductive to regional and sub-regional integration measures both in terms of economic and social aspects.
In stressing the urgency of the issue, he said that preventing and combating cybercrime needs multi-sectoral cooperation, particularly in private sectors as it affects their business and need their support and expertise to shape better and more efficient prevention and responses. He also mentioned that “there are on-going progresses in various sectors in trying to prevent and combat cybercrimes that include digital economy (i.e. e-commerce and e-payment), smart cities, internet service providers, medical sector, tourism, etc.”
Under the main theme “Responding to Crime and Justice Challenges amidst ASEAN Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis”, the event is hosted by the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), comprised of a three-day panel discussions, breakout sessions and special presentations to discuss challenges and explore on the best practices to strengthen cybersecurity and prevent cybercrime in ASEAN.
For more information on the event, visit at tijthailand.org