Singapore's Cyber Security Agency inks MOUs with the private sector

Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.
Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's new Cyber Security Agency (CSA), formed under and funded by the Prime Minister's Office, has inked three memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the private sector to shore up Singapore's cyber security capabilities.

The MOU with security specialists Check Point and FireEye, and telco Singtel, were signed at the 24th GovernmentWare 2015 conference on Tuesday. The IT security event was hosted for the first time by CSA, which was set up in April this year.

Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said that the MOUs will "increase our capacity for advanced technology in the development of defensive capabilities and operational readiness".

Specifically, CSA will work with Singtel to train and certify cyber security professionals here. Check Point will bring its technologies and transfer cyber security skills here, while FireEye will facilitate information sharing on cyber crime, trends and threats.

At the event, CSA also signed a memorandum of intent with the Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) International and the Association of Information Security Professionals to introduce CREST certification - a recognised international standard - for security testers in Singapore.

It was also announced that the CSA and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will be setting up the Cyber Security Associated and Technologists Programme to train infocomm professionals.

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