Thailand to enhance cybersecurity training, capability

40 officers will be trained to become instructors specializing in ethical hacking and computer forensic skills, in agreement with the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants. Goal is to train 500 IT security officers by year-end.

Thailand is training 40 officers to become instructors specializing in ethical hacking and computer forensic skills, in partnership with the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), as part of efforts to tackle rising cases of cyberattacks.

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Thailand hopes to train 500 IT security officers by year-end.

The country's Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) will receive scholarships worth US$12,000 from the EC-Council, according to a report Monday by Futuregov. The ETDA is an academic agency with the key mission of enhancing the value of electronic transactions and promoting the development of technology laws.

The first batch of trained officers will become instructors for those located in other state agencies. The agency hopes to train 500 IT security officers by the end of the year.

"Having enough IT security professionals will ease security threats, as hackers will target those with weak IT security capabilities," said Soranun Jiwasurat, director at ETDA.

Last month, Thailand announced it was drawing up plans to reform the country's computer crime law as it is deemed inadequate in addressing current information security issues. The new legislation to be announced in the next three years.

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