Tonga signs MOU with APNIC to improve efforts to combat cyber threats

Tonga’s cyber security capacity will be strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Tonga) and Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).

MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer, Paula Pouvalu Ma’u said the MOU solidifies the good working relationship that has been fostered between the two organisations over the years.

Ma’u signed the MOU on behalf of the Government.

He said, “In May 2016, APNIC conducted a CERT Workshop in Tonga for management officials and technical staff.”

“The workshop provided background information on what CERTs do and different ways national CERTs are implemented in different economies. The outcome of the workshop provided a clear road map for the Tongan Government on how to set-up and operate CERT Tonga. CERT Tonga was subsequently launched in July 2016 by the Honourable Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva,” Mr Ma’u added.

APNIC has helped find resources and capacity building opportunities in Tonga and abroad, as well as providing mentorship not just for CERT Tonga staff, but also System Administrators and Cyber Security personnel in Tonga.

The MOU is for a period of three years.


Photo supplied. Caption: Director of CERT Tonga and APNIC Director General exchange documents