Cyber Security Strategy sets out Singapore’s vision, goals, and priorities
Singapore introduces the cyber security strategy that will underscore its commitment to building a resilient and trusted cyber environment for all.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched Singapore’s Cybersecurity Strategy at the opening of Singapore International Cyber Week (“SICW”). The Strategy outlines how Singapore will strengthen the resilience of the country’s cyber security.
This is how Singapore did it – the government initiated a consultation process with 50 stakeholders over the past year. The cyber security strategy sets out Singapore’s vision, goals, and priorities in the area of cybersecurity and outlines the country’s commitment to Singapore and Singaporeans cybersecurity.
Cyber security is a key enabler for Singapore’s digitally-enabled economy and society.
The Pillars of Singapore’s Cyber Security Strategy
- Building a Resilient Infrastructure; Strengthen the resilience of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) that supports Singapore’s essential services. A new Cybersecurity Act will be introduced in 2017, to provide a comprehensive legal framework for national cyber security.
- Creating a Safer Cyberspace; To promote collective responsibility for cyber security, communities and business associations should play their part by fostering their members’ understanding of cyber security issues and promoting the adoption of good practices.
- Developing a Vibrant Cybersecurity Ecosystem; The Government will collaborate with industry partners and Institutes of Higher Learning to grow the cybersecurity workforce. The Government will also partner the private sector and academia to develop technologically-advanced companies, nurture local start-ups, and harness Research & Development (R&D)
- Strengthening International Partnerships Cyber threats are borderless, and Singapore is committed to strong international collaboration for our collective global security. The Singapore International Cyber Week and ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity are examples of platforms to promote such exchanges.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said cyber security is “an issue of national importance” as the country becomes more connected in its mission to become a smart nation. “Singapore aspires to be a smart nation. But to be one, we must also be a safe nation,” he told more than 3,000 public servants and technology professionals from 30 countries at the event.
“The potential of ICT and digital technologies depends on how much we can trust the Internet and cyberspace: we must get cyber security right, to capture the benefits of a more connected world.”
PM Lee said the first pillar of the cyber security strategy involves strengthening the country’s critical infrastructure.