The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced last week that it will create a rules-based framework for its 10 member states to cooperate on cybersecurity matters.

The 10 ASEAN members are Singapore (which is the chair for ASEAN this year), Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

Singapore is expected to take the lead in drawing up a mechanism that facilitates cross-country collaboration on cyber policy development, capacity building and operational issues. ASEAN recognized that such a system would need to be flexible and take into account the economic considerations of the different member states.

Although the framework is still in an early phase of development, greater cross-border cooperation will likely take place among regulatory authorities in the various ASEAN members, as well as the introduction of more cybersecurity laws at a national level.
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