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Faisal Syafar


He is a Professor of Information Technology (cyber security). He is currently working as a full time lecturer for Department of Electronics and Information Technology, and is the director of Advanced Computing and Information Systems Research Centre (AC&ISRC). Faisal is a member of the global Cisco CTO Forum, IEEE and many others international professional community members within IT field. He is Cisco’s most senior technology leadership board, representing Asia-Pacific (APAC). He is also currently active on external commercial and government technology advisory boards. Before joining Cisco, Faisal held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers including Lucent Telecommunications and Telstra. He has also been working as a professional trainer/consultant for many Australian, Germany and Indonesian leading institutions including cyber security, ERP, smart city initiatives, corporate data quality and telecommunication. Faisal holds a Master and Ph.D. in IT from University of South Australia. His research interests focus on cyber security capacity building, the use of Mobile technologies and leveraging data and information to generate quality of healthcare, engineering assets as well as teaching and learning domains. He has published in many academic journals, book chapters and conferences proceedings in various topics covers mobile collaboration technologies and IT healthcare. 


My Latest Research

The prevalence of infectious diseases with ATD (acute respiratory infection, tuberculosis, and diarrhea) is increasing annually in various regions of Indonesia, including remote and outer areas that lack adequate health, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure. The information from the Performance Report of the Republic of Indonesia's Ministry of Health's Directorate General of Disease Prevention and Control serves as proof of this. In 2023, the actual achievement for tuberculosis (TB) case finding and treatment was only 36.6% of the targeted 90%. Furthermore, only 3.3% of the target of 30% for the percentage of districts or cities that carry out detection, control of diseases, and health risk factors with the potential for extraordinary events or outbreaks was reached. The scattered nature of technology and information systems used to handle ATD infectious diseases has led to treatment that is not unified or inclusive and does not involve many related agencies or local communities. Therefore, a comprehensive approach is necessary that involves the development of integrated technology and information systems. To address this issue, a technological and national information system framework is required to handle ATD infectious diseases, particularly in remote and outermost areas. Qualitative methods such as surveys related to health services, forum group discussions (FGD) with relevant stakeholders, and geographical mapping of the distribution of health services and technology in the outermost and remote areas of Indonesia will be employed. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a technology framework and information system for handling ATD infectious diseases in the remote and outermost areas of Indonesia. This research aims to improve health services, increase the capacity of the community and health workers in remote and outer areas, and provide a sense of social justice for these communities through equitable development.

The matter of enhancing capacity has been deliberated in numerous sessions conducted at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) level. The Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific, in its Memorandum No. 20 titled "Ensuring a Safer Cyber Security Environment," has advised the ARF to adopt capacity building and technical support initiatives. It is advisable to prioritize the enhancement of cybersecurity crisis management in all jurisdictions.

The ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015, introduced in 2011, establishes a structure for the advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the ASEAN area. The objective of human capacity development is to cultivate proficient and skilled human resources in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The initiation of the establishment of ICT Skill Standards definition and certification in information system and network security is one of its key projects. ASEAN has additionally formed the ASEAN Network Security Action Council with the aim of creating a standardized structure for network security. This framework hopefully able encompasses initiatives such as enhancing the capabilities and providing security in Asia Pacific region.
At the moment, there isn't an all-encompassing cybersecurity capacity-building program in Asia that can be used across the whole area. Asian countries share similar values, culture, and norms that make it a good fit for building each other's cybersecurity skills, so making an Asian platform for security cooperation is an option to think about. The current programs for building people's skills don't align or work well with the needs of the people in the area who share cultural values and safety concerns. To meet the needs of developing and nurturing expertise and technical know-how in the cybersecurity human capital in the region, we need a comprehensive framework for cybersecurity professional certification. This will allow private-public partnerships, multi-level collaboration, and the creation of a skills pathway for the growth of the cybersecurity industry.

Developing Framework for Cyber Security Capacity Building in Asia Pacific
International Research Grant (Whyte-Australia)
HealthWatch Indonesia: Empowering Remote Communities Through Disease Monitoring and Assessment of ATD (acute respiratory infection, tuberculosis, and diarrhea)
International Research Grant (Knowledge Partnership Platform, Australia-Indonesia)
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