DarkSide that compromised the U.S. Colonial pipelines leave no doubt that cyber threats are advancing to a mainstream consideration for organisations of all sizes and sectors across the world. The good news is that there has been great progress on international cooperation to combat cybercrime and build cyber norms. One example is the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation based in Singapore, where law enforcement and industry partners recent “Operation Night Fury” led to the arrest of three individuals running malicious credentials theft campaign. Another is the recent establishment of the United Nations “Open-ended working group on security and in the use of information and communications technologies”, to be chaired by Singapore from 2021 – 2025. SICW 2021 built on these experiences, with government ministers, cyber principals and heads of agencies and leaders from industry and academia sharing their perspectives on public-private collaborations. These are some highlights...
Ministerial Roundtable Sessions and the ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (“AMCC”) Strong participation including ministers, cybersecurity coordinators, heads of cybersecurity agencies and top industry players from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, European Union and Australia at the Ministerial
Roundtables underscored the common ambitions to strengthen international collaborations in cybersecurity. Regionally, since ASEAN’s (Association of SouthEast Asian Nations) subscription in principle to the UN’s 11 voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace in 2018 - the first regional grouping to observe such norms – there had been further progress on ops-tech collaboration and capacity building.
Notably, announced at the 6th AMCC, these included: the establishment of the ASEAN CERT (computer emergency response team) and the ASEAN CERT Information Exchange Mechanism, and the official opening of the ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (“ASCCE”, which was launched in 2019) to support cyber capacity building efforts in the region.
Within Singapore, collaborations between the government – through CSA - and the industry were stepped up. Initiatives announced at SICW2021 included the SG Cyber Safe Partnership Programme (where government and industry aim to encourage adoption of good cybersecurity practices by businesses and public) and the first national standard on Cybersecurity Labelling for consumer IoT (which aims to serve as a standard that can be adopted by manufacturers, developers, testing bodies and suppliers of consumer IoT devices globally).
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