Singapore gets its first cyber security agency

Singapore is planning to clamp down on cyber-crime with the launch of a central agency for cyber-security, the government announced on Tuesday.

Singapore was faced with an increasing number of online abuses in recent years, including the hacking of the official website of the Prime Minister and stealing client data from Standard Chartered Bank.

The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore will come under the Prime Minister’s Office and will provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber-security functions.

The CSA will build on the existing cyber-security capabilities and will “include strategy and policy development, cyber-security operations, industry development and outreach”.

The government announced that the national agency will start operations on 1 April and appointed Yaacob Ibrahim as the Minister-in-Charge of cyber security.  

According to security experts, developed Asian countries with extensive technological capabilities are more vulnerable to online threats.

Last year, the Interpol opened a centre in Singapore focused on combating cyber-crime.  

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