Singapore Gets Cyber Serious

Singapore has acted on the need to better protect its Internet infrastructure and raise public sector security capabilities, reflecting growing cyberthreats around the world.

In an article on Singapore’s Business Times website, Ong Boon Kiat says Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has announced new government programs to improve cybersecurity in the country.

The measures include a new cybersecurity code of practice by which all Internet service providers in the country will have to abide. Under the telecommunications regulatory framework, the code is targeted for the third quarter of 2010. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will audit ISPs periodically to ensure they are following the code. As part of the new code of practice, IDA also intends to facilitate the sharing of security information among ISPs to “help the parties tackle emerging cyber threats early,” says the article.

In addition, Singapore will use business analytics tools to improve security of public sector infocomm infrastructure on a much greater scale than before. And a third initiative aims to educate and protect Singapore’s younger generation of Internet users. A “virtual cyber security park” will allow school students to play online games that teach them how to protect themselves in cyberspace.

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