Cyber Security Landscape in Singapore

Singapore one of the world's most digitally connected nations with infocomm technologies (ICT) pervading many aspects of citizens' lives. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2016, Singapore ranks 1st as the country most poised to leverage on ICT for increased competitiveness and well-being. Indeed, almost all households have high-speed internet access and many services are accessed online. Additionally, Singapore has set its sights on becoming a Smart Nation - one where citizens harness the power of technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives. These, coupled with Singapore's reputation as an interconnected centre of commerce and exchange, have created new possibilities for the nation.

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Data Protection Ecosystem in Singapore

The widespread adoption of infocomm technologies such as social media and mobile telephony, coupled with the increased acceptance of online activities like online shopping, e-banking and content sharing have led to the emergence of the Digital Economy. With trends like big data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things poised to be key enablers in Singapore's Digital Economy transformation, it is important to foster an environment of trust and confidence among businesses and consumers while enabling innovative use of technology to drive the Singapore economy.

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Cyber Safety Activity Book 

As part of our Cyber Awareness efforts, CSA has collaborated with the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) to develop a series of Student Activity Books,Cyber Safety, to raise awareness of the importance of Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. The series follows Crypto and Synthia, our cyber defenders, on their quest to secure the cyberspace. The books contain fun and engaging activities for children while educating them on cyber safety. For selected activities, children are encouraged to discuss with their parents on the scenarios provided.

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Responses on Questionnaire on Cyber Security Bill as of 16 August 2017 

The 5 areas that the 
Bill seeks to monitor are:

1. Cyber Security Commissioner
The CE of CSA will be the Commissioner of Cyber Security and his role is to investigate threats and incidents to ensure that essential services in 11 critical sectors are not disrupted in event of a cyber-attack. The appointment of Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners of Cyber Security to carry out their commissioner's duties are not ruled out.

2. Overarching Bill for all Sectors
The Bill aims to harmonise the requirements to protect CIIs across the public and private sectors, mandating that organisations share information to facilitate the investigation of cybersecuritythreats or incidents undertaken by the CSA.

3. Proactive Measures to be undertaken by CIIOs
CIIOs must notify the commissioner if the CII suffers a cybersecurity attack. CSA's National Cyber Incident Response Framework requires notification 'within hours'. There will be penalties for CIIOs who fail to do so.

4. Designation of CII
The Commissioner may identify and designate new systems as CII - an official secret under the Official Secrets Act - during times of national emergency.

5. Licensing Framework for Cybersecurity Vendors
Licensing applies to penetration testers and managed security service operators.
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Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team

The Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) responds to cyber security incident for its Singapore constituent. It was set up to facilitate the detection, resolution and prevention of cyber security related incidents on the Internet.

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Personal Data Protection is Everybody's Business - A Collection of Stories: 
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