NBTC to monitor digital imports

NBTC to monitor digital imports

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is being asked to strictly monitor the import of some digital equipment into the country amid a fresh worry over its possible threat to national cyber security.

The NBTC, which is authorised to give permission for the imports, will be asked to discuss its work and ways to prevent such a risk with the House committee on telecommunications, digital economy and society, its deputy chairman Setthaphong Malisuwan said on Sunday.

"We need to work together to develop measures to protect our cyber security," he said.

The worry has been raised as Thailand needs to invest in infrastructure to prepare for new telecommunication services, including 5G technology which allows for speedy transfer of data.

That may cause the country to import more digital equipment from foreign giant technology companies.

The products, however, may bring threats to cyber security, Col Setthaphong said.

The digital equipment used in the banking and aviation sectors is at "high risk" of being attacked and seeing private data hacked, he said.

Even medical equipment linked with the internet must be closely watched, he added.

Col Setthaphong wants the NBTC and state agencies working on digital technology to pay more heed to certain digital products which are increasingly used under the Internet of Things (IoT).

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