Initially did not know Information Technology, now Cyber ​​Security Expert


At first Andri Hutama Putra did not think about the world of information technology, especially those related to computers, the internet, including cyber security or cyber security. Andri wants to be a mechanic and a policeman. But fate said otherwise. Andri has now become one of the experts in cybersecurity in Indonesia and leads companies with related businesses.

“Because my parents weren’t allowed to enter the Police Academy, I was finally asked to study in Malaysia, specifically Curtin University of Technology. The location is in Sarawak which is far from Kuala Lumpur,” Andri said. At Curtin University, which is based in Australia, Andri took a bachelor’s degree in Majoring in Technology, Computer System & Networking. This is where he just dived into the ins and outs of information technology. Even though he was new to studying, he was able to absorb the lecture material quickly, Understandably, basically he has intelligence from elementary school who always won the top three in his class and junior high school followed acceleration program so that you graduate in just two years.

While studying there, Andri began to predict the future of cybersecurity. He obtained this after studying the effects of globalization which will make many people shop not physically but online (online). He likens it to sending money from one place to another which is guarded by a number of guards. Likewise, when people send money when shopping online, they also need protection called cybersecurity.

After graduating from S1, Andri immediately continued his education to the same university but located in Singapore. From the normal time of two years, he graduated in a year of master’s degree by winning a Master of International Business. “I graduated from master’s degree in 2010 around the age of 21 years,” he said. Learning about international business, he established himself to focus on deepening his business in cyber security because at that time not many were engaged in this sector.

In principle, we are in the process of digital transformation. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated society’s digitalization in various fields. In other words, Andri added, we have not yet arrived at a fully digital era. When we enter the digital era in all lines, of course, cyber security will be the need of many parties, from the government, companies, to the community.

Therefore, Andri and his colleagues built and developed ITSEC as a company that provides cyber security services. Now he serves as the President Director of ITSEC Asia. The company is now growing to have services in the Asia Pacific and Australia-New Zealand regions. Meanwhile, ITSEC Asia now covers Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Dubai and Thailand.

Companies that use ITSEC Asia’s services include banking, telecommunications, insurance, oil and gas, aviation, and e-commerce. Andri explained that the main products are divided into three main classifications, namely Manage Security Services (MSS), Cyber ​​Security Consultancy Services, and Cyber ​​Security System Integration. “ITSEC Asia is a national subsidiary that is going global and has met the standards and is certified to ISO 27001, ISO 9001, CREST, BSSN,” said Andri. For information, before developing his career at ITSEC Asia, Andri worked with Fremantle Media and Telkomsel.

Literacy

According to Andri, digital security literacy is the backbone of the digital transformation process in Indonesia. Digital security literacy is manifested in the form of government regulations for business actors related to personal data protection and individual public understanding. The government is also working on the Personal Data Protection Bill.

You see, people are increasingly aware of the confidentiality of their personal data. So far, consumers are not aware that their personal data is stored by a number of companies related to their activities. Companies or institutions also assess that data or information has now become a valuable asset because it can determine profitable strategies or policies in the future by managing consumer personal data.

Andri welcomes the regulation of personal data protection by the government because it can become a standard of compliance and encourage users’ trust in companies or brands. The regulation is ultimately to protect the public from digital abuse or crime. With the protection of personal data, people feel safe and digital transformation will progress.

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ITSEC did not stand still. “We also encourage digital security literacy in Indonesia by holding several community workshops, cybersecurity summit events, campus educational classes, informative and educational content on media and social media, as well as expert opinions,” said Andri. In the company’s awareness program, his party always provides a number of tips so that the public can protect their personal data from cyber crimes. This is because there are still many citizens who do not know how to protect their personal data.

The first tip, Andri suggested that e-mail addresses used for business, personal such as social media, and financial transactions be distinguished. “Using one email for all needs will provide more risk for our other accounts if one of them is hacked. Categorizing the use of email will make it easier to see whether there is suspicious activity from incoming emails,” he explained. Also, create a strong password. Combine passwords with uppercase letters, numbers, or punctuation so they are not easy to guess. Don’t forget to change your password regularly.

Another step is to enable two factor authentication (2FA). This is a double security feature for app access thus preventing unwanted login access from others. Monitor suspicious activities or account login attempts by other parties that we do not know. Then activate the notification feature. This is useful for quickly detecting suspicious logins or activity. In digital transactions, the notification feature can be used to find out if there is an account breach or unknown transaction.

Andri’s message again is to be careful opening emails, links, and downloading suspicious applications. This is to avoid phishing attacks that hack information such as login data. Do not download apps/features that are not from the official website. Usually some cybercriminals use fake websites to lure people to download faked applications/features so that they can steal people’s personal data. (OL-14)


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