Cyber Security Agency of Singapore holds first multi-sector cyberattack exercise

SINGAPORE - The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore carried out its first multi-sector exercise on Tuesday (March 22), in conjunction with the opening of the agency's new Cyber Forensics Laboratory.

The exercise, named Cyber Star, aimed to bring together multiple agencies from different sectors in times of a cybersecurity incident, such as a malware infection or large-scale distributed denial of services attack, which may bring down the networks of entire agencies.

"CSA has made good progress since it was set up a year ago," said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who was at CSA to observe the exercise.

"Cyber-attacks have become more prevalent and very dangerous, which can affect countries."

"This is a subject we take seriously in Singapore, and will continue to build up CSA's capabilities," said Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security.

Present at the exercise were more than 100 participants from seven agencies, representing four critical sectors: banking and finance, Government, energy and infocomm.

Agencies involved were the Monetary Authority of Singapore, DBS Bank, the Energy Market Authority, PowerSeraya, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Singtel and cyber security vendor Quann.

CSA's chief executive David Koh said the exercise provided an opportunity for each sector to understand each other's processes and capabilities. "This cooperation is essential to strengthen our ability to deal with increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks."

Mr Teo and Minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim also toured CSA's Cyber Forensic Laboratory, a new facility which allows analyst to analyse and triage instances of cyber-attacks, so as to come up with ways to respond to such attacks.