Singapore upgrades cyber security operations, includes wider detection capabilities

Singapore upgrades cyber security operations, includes wider detection capabilities
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs. He is also the chairman for Mendaki.

By January next year, the Cyber-Watch centre will be able to track unauthorised changes to websites and network traffic to detect malicious files and potential data leakages. The enhancement follows a wave of cyber attacks against government websites last year.

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Speaking at the Infocomm Security Seminar organised by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre on Tuesday, Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said: "This upgrade, will allow us to better monitor government websites and inspect if there are malicious activities, which could affect access to online public services."

At the same time, work in underway to raise the level of cybersecurity expertise here to boost local workforce.  IDA is looking at getting local learning institutions to include cybersecurity into their curriculum, as well as to have a specialised track for degree programmes. 

For a start, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be launching Singapore's first undergraduate Information Security degree programme in Sept 2015. 

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has also included an information security specialisation programme as part of its undergraduate curriculum since August. So far, more than 30 per cent of the final year cohort has opted for the programme. 

"We need to grow Singapore's pool of infocomm security experts and build their capabilities," said the Minister.

"The biggest growth in manpower requirements will be in the areas of security operations, security engineering and technology. Apart from dedicated cybersecurity experts, other ICT professionals in areas like network engineering and application development are also needed in defending network infrastructure or applications from ever-increasing cyber threats," he added.


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