Singapore to boost cyber security efforts

Singapore to boost cyber security efforts

SINGAPORE, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority will set up a monitoring and operations control center to help the government guard against, and respond swiftly, to security threats, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said on Tuesday.

The Monitoring and Operations Control Center will allow authorities to guard against security threats and respond to them in a timely manner, he said at an information security meeting.

The new center will complement an existing Cyber-Watch Center, which was established in 2007 and will be upgraded by January next year.

The Cyber-Watch Center was established to monitor critical public sector IT installations. By January next year, it will be able to better monitor government websites and check if there are malicious activities, he said.

The government will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to strengthen the infocomm security governance at government agencies.

The announcements come after a spate of cyber attacks on government websites late last year.

There is an increasing need to grow the pool of infocomm security experts in Singapore, Yaacob added.

The biggest needs in manpower requirements will be in the areas of security operations, security engineering and technology. 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 said.