Cyber Security Happenings in Singapore 2016

Posted by User, 19-12-2016

Look back at Cyber Security Happenings in Singapore 2016

An archives of all the cyber security happenings in Singapore in chronological order.

Feel free to comment if there’s any discrepancies or additions to the list.

(1 Dec 2016)

Proficio Announces Aggressive Asia Pacific Expansion, partners with M1. “M1 is partnering with Proficio and offering their managed detection and response services as part of our family of enterprise-grade cyber security solutions,” said Mr. Alan Goh, Chief Information Officer, M1 Limited. “Proficio is a leader in their market and we have also selected them to provide cyber security services to help protect our own corporate data and networks.

(15 Nov 2016)

SUTD to offer cyber security master’s next year. Taking cyber security to the next level, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is now accepting applications to be part of the pioneer batch for its Master of Science in Security by Design (MSSD).

 (7 Nov 2016)

Govt partners SIT, NYP to nurture cybersecurity talent. The shortfall of cybersecurity professionals in Singapore is expected to more than double to 2,500 in the next three years, and the Government will take further steps to close the gap. Under the MOUs, the CSA will work with SIT and NYP to develop cybersecurity curricula, research and development projects, as well as provide internship opportunities for students to gain exposure. The collaboration will also involve initiatives to improve the cyber-resilience of businesses and individuals in Singapore.

(27 Oct 2016)

MAS working to beef up expertise on cyber risk insurance. With the demand for insurance against cyberattacks growing in recent years, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is working with industry players and academics to beef up expertise to underwrite such risks. A project doing research on cyber-risk management and the building of databases, models and analytics to support the growth of a cyber-insurance marketplace is also under way.

(25 Oct 2016)

Cyberattack behind StarHub broadband disruptions. StarHub said it has completed inspections and analysis of its network logs, and “we are now able to confirm that we had experienced intentional and likely malicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on our Domain Name Servers (DNS)”.

(24 Oct 2016)

NUS and Singtel launch cybersecurity lab. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singtel on Monday (Oct 24) launched their joint cybersecurity laboratory aimed at protecting consumers against security breaches, data leaks and other online attacks.

(14 Oct 2016)

Singapore’s cybersecurity skills shortage: Why it matters. According to a 2014 report from Center for Strategic and International Studies, cybercrime costs Singapore an estimated S$1.25 billion annually. Yet there is a decidedly acute shortage of IT security specialists that can be engaged to help fend off such online threats.

(11 Oct 2016)

Singapore launches S$10m programme to help boost ASEAN cybersecurity know-how. The Republic on Tuesday (Oct 11) announced the launch of its S$10 million ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity resources and know-how among fellow Southeast Asian member states.

(10 Oct 2016)

S’pore unveils strategy to strengthen Govt systems, businesses against online threats. The Republic will invest more in strengthening government systems against online threats and step up the training of skilled professionals in this area.

(4 Oct 2016)

Microsoft launches its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore. The Singapore Transparency Center will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe.

(24 Sep 2016)

Singtel works with Palo Alto to launch cyber security service. The Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP) service, as it is called, helps firms secure their networks, mobile phones and tablet computers, which enables employees to bring their own devices to work.

(18 Aug 2016)

CREST examination facility opens in Singapore. In partnership with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and the Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP), CREST has established a Singapore Chapter to introduce its penetration testing certifications and accreditations to Singapore.

(2 Aug 2016)

Singapore, US ink MOU on cybersecurity. The United States and Singapore on Tuesday (Aug 2) signed a cybersecurity Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise their commitment to work together in building a secure and resilient cyberspace through cybersecurity cooperation.

(20 July 2016)

National Cybercrime Action Plan to step up fight against online crime. Singapore will do more in the battle against online crime through a National Cybercrime Action Plan, Home Affairs Minister and Law Minister K Shanmugam announced on Wednesday (Jul 20).

(12 July 2016)

Singapore and Netherlands to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation. The agreement, which will last for an initial two-year period, commits both parties to regular bilateral exchanges, sharing of cyber security best practices and strategies aimed at protecting critical information infrastructures as well as access to training and workshops, according to CSA.

(11 June 2016)

Teachers exempted from internet access ban, but not MOE HQ. Teachers will continue to have Internet access on their work computers though officials working in the headquarters of the Ministry of Education (MOE) will not be exempt from a policy change that will ban Net surfing from work stations in the public service.

(9 June 2016)

New Internet ruling for public service ‘a nuisance’, but necessary: PM Lee. Mr Lee said he had volunteered to be the first to try out this new way of working to keep out cyber intrusions as far as possible, with the Internet being a “wild wild west”. He was initially reluctant to do it, but his security team convinced him that it was a “serious” matter, he said.

(9 June 2016)

Singapore Government ‘definitely has not given up’ on cybersecurity: IDA. The Singapore Government “definitely has not given up” on securing its IT infrastructure from cyberattacks, said Mr Chai Chin Loon, Director of Cyber Security Group at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)

(8 June 2016)

Singapore public servants’ computers to have no Internet access from May next year. All computers used officially by public servants in Singapore will be cut off from the Internet from May next year, in an unprecedented move to tighten security.

(26 April 2016)

Singtel launches first-of-its-kind cyber security institute in Asia Pacific. Housed in a permanent space of over 10,000 sq ft in the eastern part of Singapore, the institute provides cyber skills development and education programmes tailored to the varying needs of company boards, C-suite management, technology and operational staff.

(11 April 2016)

New Cybersecurity Act to be tabled in 2017. Singapore will see a new Cybersecurity Act tabled next year in 2017. There will be a new, standalone Cybersecurity Act that will be tabled in Parliament next year.

(7 April 2016)

Singtel teams up with Inmarsat to boost maritime cyber security. According to Singtel’s news release, Singtel’s cybersecurity arm, Trustwave, will provide the software-based Unified Threat Management (UTM) service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships, to protect data and lessen cyber risk for maritime firms.

(5 April 2016)

Eugene Kaspersky joins Singapore advisory panel for cybersecurity. Russian cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has been roped in as a member of the international advisory panel for Singapore’s National Cybersecurity Research & Development (R&D) Programme.

(5 March 2016)

19 schools to offer programming at O levels. Singapore’s aim to be a Smart Nation has prompted 19 secondary schools to offer programming as part of a new O-level subject called computing.