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Singapore Signs Cybersecurity Agreements With US, Canada

Singapore last week signed cybersecurity-related agreements with both Canada and the United States as officials from both countries visited Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN Summit.

Singapore and the United States signed a declaration of intent (DoI) for collaboration on a Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Programme for ASEAN member states whose goal is “further strengthening partnerships in regional cybersecurity capacity building” through workshops.

The DoI, which builds on a cybersecurity cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in August 2016, was signed by Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency and the U.S. Department of State.

The Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Programme will deliver three training workshops focusing on various aspects of enhancing technical capabilities. The workshops will take place in Singapore and other ASEAN countries, with participation from key industry partners.

“We are glad to deepen our collaboration with the US and build upon the training programmes that were previously offered in ASEAN under the ACCP. This new partnership, which will see the active involvement of key local and international cyber industry players, will help to enrich the programme content and strengthen regional cybersecurity capacity,” said David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA.

Singapore’s CSA has also signed an MoU with Canada on cybersecurity cooperation. The two countries have agreed to share information and best practices and work together on enhancing capabilities.

“The MoU will cover cybersecurity cooperation in key areas including information exchange and sharing on cyber threats and cyber-attacks, sharing of best practices on human resource development, provision of technical and certification services and development of cybersecurity standards; and collaboration on regional cybersecurity capacity building,” the CSA said. “Such exchanges will continue to strengthen Singapore’s operational cybersecurity capabilities, including critical infrastructure protection, enhance Singapore’s ongoing domestic cybersecurity ecosystem development efforts as well as advance the development of a secure and trusted regional cyberspace in ASEAN.”

Next year in April, Singapore will host SecurityWeek’s 2019 Singapore ICS Cyber Security Conference, an event dedicated to serving critical infrastructure and industrial internet stakeholders in the APAC region.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.