The Singapore Government has set up The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore which is to be operational from 1 April 2015. The CSA will be formed under the Prime Minister’s Office and will oversee cybersecurity strategy, education and outreach, and industry development.
The CSA will replace the functions of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Security Authority (SITSA) which has been monitoring ten sectors including power, transport and telecommunications, as well as taking over some roles of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), such as the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team.
Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim, will be appointed as the Minister-in-Charge of Cyber Security and David Koh, deputy secretary for technology at the Ministry of Defence will be chief executive of the CSA.
According to the Singapore Government’s publication, the CSA will bring together and develop the government’s security capabilities currently existing under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the IDA. These include strategy and policy development, cybersecurity operations, industry development and outreach.
This is an important development for Singapore. The government is keen to ensure that, and promote that, Singapore is a stable and secure place for cyber business. Like most counties, Singapore has seen a number of recent security breaches/incidents. This new dedicated agency shows how seriously the government is considering this issue.
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With thanks to Matthew Hunter, Olswang Associate in the Singapore office, for his contribution to this article.