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Singapore’s New Bill Set To Toughen Up Cybersecurity Measures

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Last week, new cyber security laws to tighten up Singapore’s defences against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks were put up for public consultation. Among other things, they proposed requiring CII owners of 11 key sectors to report cyber security incidents and to share information with the authorities when ordered.

The draft Cybersecurity Bill also proposes to license cyber security service providers and practitioners, starting with those providing penetration testing and managed security operations centre services, reported Today Online.

The Bill confers power on CSA’s chief as Commissioner of Cybersecurity to investigate threats and incidents to ensure that essential services here are not disrupted in the event of a cyber attack. However, while the Bill gives clear authority to the Commissioner, it is important for everyone from organisations down to individuals to do their part in order for Singapore to be successful in dealing with cyberthreats.

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo said Singapore has become more resilient to major cyber attacks because of “certain things we’ve done in the government sector … but we must understand that in this field, things evolve very quickly”.

He added: “So we may be ready today, but you got the Zeroday attack, which you may not even be aware of and comes up on you quite suddenly. So we must assume that we need both to prepare and protect ourselves against attacks, but we must also have a response capability if an attack does happen.”

Written by DFGR Research Team

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