What Singapore can learn from Israel's readiness to tackle physical and cyber threats

Israel's cyber defence strategy ropes in the economy, the young and the citizenry, and includes a cyber emergency hotline 119

Israel lives up to its reputation for its imperious border controls. I encountered it first-hand last month in Bangkok, where I was in transit to Tel Aviv.

Any romantic notion of the land of the Bible I had faded away after more than one hour of questioning and luggage inspection. A letter I was carrying from the Israeli embassy in Singapore explaining the purpose of my visit - to attend a cyber security conference - did not help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2019, with the headline 'Ready to tackle physical and cyber threats'. Subscribe