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Tourist arrivals rise despite cyberattack: Tourism Minister

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Tourists arrive at the International Arrivals Terminal at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Badung, Bali, Monday (10/6/2024). (ANTARA FOTO/FIKRI YUSUF) - 



VOInews, Jakarta : Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno stated that tourist arrivals in Indonesia are still increasing despite the recent cyberattack on the Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2 that affected immigration services.

"As of today, tourist arrivals at the three main gates (Jakarta, Bali, Riau Islands) are still growing well. I checked this morning that in Bali, it stood at 20 thousand (arrivals), a growth of above 30 percent as compared to last year," he remarked here on Monday.

Uno spoke about his ministry having recently conducted a desktop audit focused on documentation and certification to ensure audits were always factual and accurate.

He noted that the system in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is ready to provide public services. However, he underlined that the cyberattack on PDNS 2 that had earlier affected immigration services should be resolved promptly.

According to the minister, this step is essential to ensure the cyberattack will not disrupt foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia.

Regarding the cyberattack on PDNS 2, on a separate occasion, Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Silmy Karim stated that the immigration authority would prepare the fastest data backup system among other ministries and institutions.

Karim made this statement at a press conference on efforts to recover the immigration services held in Jakarta on Friday (June 28).

He affirmed that the system can back up data in just an hour at the latest if a cyberattack occurs again.

When the PDNS was under a ransomware attack on Thursday (June 20), the Directorate General of Immigration only took two days to save data through backup in the Immigration Data Center//Antara - VOI

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