Non-combat troops can help in cyber defence

Non-combat troops can help in cyber defence
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
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Soldiers who may not be fit enough to take on combat roles can instead help the Singapore Armed Forces in its fight against online threats.

Calling this group of soldiers a "resource pool that we can draw from", Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said they can work alongside their combat-fit counterparts to monitor cyber threats and beef up the Singapore Armed Forces' networks against virtual attacks.

Dr Ng said the SAF will add more regulars, full-time and operationally ready national servicemen to the SAF's Cyber Defence Operations Hub.

The unit, which was formed in 2013, brings the SAF's cyber-security experts under one command.

Soldiers with medical conditions are usually exempted from activities such as long marches and field camps during their full-time NS stints. They form about 6 per cent of the cohort and are referred to in military parlance as "Pes C", short for Physical Employment Status C.

Dr Ng said: "You have now a new arena where more and more people can make a fundamental difference, even a bigger impact, contribute more. So this works to our advantage."


This article was first published on July 1, 2015.
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