Help available to boost SMEs' cyber security

We thank Mr Yong Jun Jie for his letter (Do more to help SMEs fight cyber threats; May 6).

The Government has been looking into ways to level up the cyber security posture of our small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

We work closely with the trade associations and chambers to help their members tap grants and resources to adopt cyber security measures and develop cyber security capabilities.

Through the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) works closely with representatives from public and private sector organisations, and associations including the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), to reach out to SMEs to promote awareness and adoption of cyber security practices.

This is done through organising cyber security health clinics, talks and conferences, as well as developing online cyber security resources, which are available at www.csa.gov.sg/gosafeonline

CSA is also working with the Infocomm Media Development Authority to incorporate cyber security in the SMEs Go Digital programme. For example, the new SME Digital Tech Hub which is slated to be opened later this year will provide specialist technology advice to assist SMEs on their cyber security needs.

Beyond this, CSA reaches out to SMEs to provide advisories on how to pre-empt and prevent cyber incidents.

Businesses can sign up for alerts at www.csa.gov.sg/singcert and also seek help from SingCERT if they encounter cyber security incidents.

It is important that SMEs incorporate cyber security as a business risk and see it as an enabler to grow their business and strengthen their brand.

While some cyber security solutions will inevitably incur some costs, there are quick and relatively low-cost measures, such as ensuring regular back-up of company data and software updates, and employee education.

Cyber security is a collective responsibility. It is only when everyone plays their part that we are able to create a safer cyberspace that allows us to work, live and play with confidence.

As Singapore's cyber landscape evolves, along with new opportunities and risks, the Singapore Government will continue to reach out to SMEs and support their cyber security efforts.

Connie Lee (Ms)
Senior Assistant Director
Communications and Engagement Office
Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2017, with the headline 'Help available to boost SMEs' cyber security'. Print Edition | Subscribe