Trans-Pacific partnership will cover cybersecurity cooperation in key areas

The island nation of Singapore has bolstered its operational cybersecurity capabilities following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada.

According to the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the two-year MoU will cover cybersecurity cooperation in key areas, including information sharing on cyber threats, the provision of technical and certification services, and collaboration on regional cybersecurity capacity building.

“Such exchanges will continue to strengthen Singapore’s operational cybersecurity capabilities, including critical infrastructure protection, enhance Singapore’s ongoing domestic cybersecurity ecosystem development efforts as well as advance the development of a secure and trusted regional cyberspace in ASEAN,” the agency said.

The MoU was signed by CSA chief executive David Koh and Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada in Singapore, on the sidelines of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the city-state on November 14.

“With cybersecurity as a transboundary issue, strong international partnerships remain key to navigating the increasingly complex cyber terrain,” Koh said. “The MOU will help to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape of both countries. We are also happy to be working together on cybersecurity capacity building initiatives in the region.”

The news came just days after Singapore and the US signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) to collaborate on a Singapore-US Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Program for ASEAN Member States.

The DOI aims to deliver cybersecurity training workshops for government employees and key industry partners across South East Asia.

In July, SingHealth, the largest healthcare group in Singapore, fell victim to a major cyber-attack that resulted in the personal information of around 1.5 million individuals being compromised – including that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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