Turkish civil servants recommended not to use WhatsApp or Telegram for work

Authorities to opt instead for locally developed applications with servers in control of the agency or with servers located inside Turkey

New guidelines from the Turkish Presidency’s Digital Transformation Office (CBDDO) have called for ending the use of popular apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram for formal correspondence for civil servants, according to Daily Sabah.

Office published security guide to reduce security risks

CBDDO published Information and Security Guide to reduce security risks in information technologies used by governmental agencies. The guide recommends authorities to opt instead for locally developed applications with servers in control of the agency or with servers located inside Turkey for corporate correspondence. CBDDO also advised a multi-layered security analysis for incoming e-mails from outside sources.

Promotion of local and national cybersecurity products

Ali Taha Koç, head of the CBDDO, said they drafted guidelines after about one year of work and an assessment of 2,660 opinions by experts. “The guide will help to promote the use of local and national cybersecurity products and solutions to help our production power and pave the way for technology which can compete with other countries in cybersecurity,” he added.

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