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Singapore Minister gives security masterplan update

Jack Loo | April 13, 2011
More professionals and stronger nation-level measures needed to improve Singapore’s cyber landscape.

SINGAPORE, APRIL 13, 2011—The Minister in charge of Singapore’s national infocomm security framework today called for more trained security specialists and stronger nation-level measures.

“There is the need to emphasise developing capabilities, to provide a pipeline of highly trained security professionals and practitioners. This can be done through partnering local universities and setting up advanced research programmes or centres,” said Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.

Lui was giving an update on the mid-term review of the Infocomm Security Masterplan 2 (MP2). One finding—there is clearly a need for a national-level view of the state of security across key economic sectors to attain enhanced situational awareness of cyber threats. “MP2 will further expand upon our ability to safeguard sensitive corporate and personal information through a risk mitigation approach, to allow organisations to thrive in the face of evolving cyber threats,” he said.

As part of MP2, Singapore has been holding regular exchanges and sharing information with other countries to develop security capabilities at a national-level. Lui said that the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) recently signed two collaborative agreements with its counterpart agencies in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Referring to these, Lui said: “Such arrangements will enable our countries to share early and pertinent information about cyber threats, undertake joint development [work] and training in enhancing technical capabilities, as well as enhance the security of our respective national infrastructure.”

Another MP2 initiative was the Code of Practice issued to designated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by the IDA earlier this year. The Code mandates the development of new capabilities on the part of ISPs to manage current and emerging cyber threats by ensuring the right processes are in place, Lui said. “With this Code in place, the ISPs are required to participate in information sharing, which will allow them to adapt their defences accordingly.”

 

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