Australia and Singapore have teamed up in a bid to thwart cyber threats by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The agreement covers cyber security cooperation in a number of areas including the frequent sharing of information regarding cyber security incidents and threats, the exchange of best practices to promote innovation in cyber security and training in cyber security skillsets.
The two countries will work on cyber security exercises with a focus on the protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (CNI), as well as collaborating on regional cyber capacity building and confidence building measures. The countries have also committed to promote what they call ‘voluntary-norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace', with the first step being an ASEAN cyber-risk reduction workshop to be held at the end of 2017.
The deal with Australia, is the sixth bilateral MOU entered into by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), following MOUs signed with France, India, the Netherlands, UK and the United States.
"Singapore and Australia share close bilateral relations and both countries have a shared vision that cybersecurity is an enabler which supports innovation, economic growth and social development," said David Koh, the chief executive of the CSA.
"This MOU shows our commitment to work together to build a secure and resilient cyberspace that will contribute to the progress of both countries," he added.
The MOU was signed by Koh, and Dr. Tobias Feakin, ambassador for cyber affairs, department of foreign affairs and trade. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong, and Australian Prime Minsiter Malcolm Turnbull.
The initial MOU will last for two years.
In the last year, Singapore has stepped up its cyber security efforts. It launched the ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme in October, an educational initiative that included workshops, seminars and conferences to help the country to build a security-proof infrastructure. Meanwhile, in March, it set up a cyber security command centre to fight off growing threats and develop cyber skills in personnel.
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