Leveraging U.S. Cybersecurity and Data Protection Expertise to Advance Thailand’s Digital Future

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath and Ministry of Digital Economy and Society Permanent Secretary Ajarin Pattanapanchai kicked off a three-day workshop on March 3, 2021 on cybersecurity and data protection standards for nearly 800 Thai and U.S. government and private sector participants. The event, which leverages U.S. technology and private sector expertise, will help advance Thailand’s 4.0 agenda.

“As commerce and government increasingly occurs in the digital space, it is more important than ever to ensure solid frameworks for cybersecurity and personal data protection are developed,” noted Chargé Heath in his opening remarks. In today’s digital world, citizens need to trust their data is being properly handled and companies and government agencies need to trust their digitized operations will not be at risk of devastating cyberattacks. The theft of confidential business information, intellectual property, and personal information all can have significant negative repercussions and undermines privacy, economic competitiveness, and security.

“I would like to express sincere gratitude towards the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and other related U.S. agencies for making this workshop possible and taking part in constructing values on cybersecurity and personal data protection,” said Permanent Secretary Pattanapanchai.

Thailand has taken an important step in recent years by passing a Cybersecurity Act and a Personal Data Protection Act. This workshop builds upon that important step by providing a forum for U.S. and Thai officials to share best practices and lessons learned and for industry to provide a broader perspective from their experiences around the world. Adopting global standards on cybersecurity and personal data protection will ensure Thailand’s digital ecosystem remains strongly anchored in the free and open global internet and will allow its citizens and economy to reach their full potential.

The United States and Thailand have enjoyed a commercial relationship that spans the centuries as our economies entered the digital age of today. Thailand has already made tremendous strides into the digital world, boasting the world’s highest adoption rate of mobile banking, supporting one of the world’s most active social media user bases, and introducing one of the earliest and best 5G networks. As Thailand’s economy takes the next leap into the digital age under Thailand 4.0, the United States and its companies stand ready to partner once again to achieve shared prosperity.