In the cyber world, there is no peacetime

Cyber warfare is ubiquitous and relentless, and requires a nation's most determined defences.

The cyber attack on SingHealth's records that resulted in the theft of patients' personal data, preceded by an attack on the Ministry of Defence to steal the personal details of national servicemen and staff, is an indication that Singapore is very much a target of peacetime warfare.

If "peacetime warfare" sounds like a contradiction in terms, it should not. It is a truism that there would be no war without peace because it is only in peacetime that nations can train troops and build up their arsenal of armaments and munitions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2018, with the headline 'In the cyber world, there is no peacetime'. Print Edition | Subscribe