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Experts give views on SAF camera phone proposal

They say ensuring security key when camera-phone ban in camps is lifted

Published on Aug 18, 2012 6:00 AM
 
A man uses a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S III smartphone. Security experts on Friday laid out their key concerns on an impending move to let soldiers take their camera phones into military camps. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Security experts on Friday laid out their key concerns on an impending move to let soldiers take their camera phones into military camps.

Topping the list is how the Singapore Armed Forces will implement the new rule as tight enforcement is crucial in ensuring that security is not compromised, said all the 10 experts interviewed. Particularly tricky is enforcement at the border between green zones, where camera phones will be allowed, and red zones, where they will not.

"Checkpoints need to be in place to prevent security breaches when soldiers move from one zone to another, so how these are set up would be key," said Mr Eric Chan, regional technical manager for South-east Asia and Hong Kong at security firm Fortinet.

Green zones include bunks and canteens while red areas would be places with classified military equipment, and camp offices where servicemen could potentially access sensitive information.

 
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ENFORCEMENT ISSUES

Checkpoints need to be in place to prevent security breaches when soldiers move from one zone to another, so how these are set up would be key.

- Mr Eric Chan, regional technical manager for South-east Asia and Hong Kong at Fortinet. He noted that how the system is set up would be key if camera phones are allowed in some areas but not others.