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Cyber Security Agency of Singapore launches second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), in collaboration with the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, is organising the second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign – “Cyber Tips 4 You”. The objective of the campaign is to ensure that everyone in Singapore is equipped with the basic know-how of good cyber practices, as Singapore moves towards becoming a Smart Nation and technology becomes increasingly pervasive in people’s lives.

CSA is responsible for providing dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions in Singapore and working with sector leads to protect Singapore's critical services. The Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, co-chaired by CSA and SGTech, comprises representatives from the government, private enterprises, trade associations and non-profit organisations.

Results from CSA’s two public awareness surveys (2016 and 2017) as well as onsite surveys conducted during the 2017 launch event found that while respondents agreed that everyone has a part to play in cybersecurity, there is still room for improvement when it comes to actual adoption of cybersecurity measures, such as having weak password management habits and ignoring software updates. In the 2017 survey, while seven in ten respondents expressed concern about cyber threats, less than half of them (31 percent – 44 percent) felt that the scenarios will happen to them. 

Some respondents have indicated that they would like to have more cybersecurity information and advice on how they can better protect themselves. In the 2017 survey, general tips on cyberecurity and information on privacy and data protection emerged as the top two categories of information respondents are keen to know more about (21 percent and 19 percent respectively).

In view of the above, the “Cyber Tips 4 You” campaign will focus on communicating to the public four important cybersecurity tips, namely to (i) use an anti-virus software, (ii) use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), (iii) spot signs of phishing and (iv) update their software as soon as possible. 

Local celebrities Suhaimi Yusof and Jae Liew, from the cast of popular TV series “Tanglin”, will communicate the four cyber tips. The two celebrities will be sharing these tips in four online videos, which will be supplemented by adaptations on social media and out-of-home platforms, including MRT stations and bus shelters, all over Singapore. The videos can be accessed at www.csa.gov.sg/gosafeonline.

The “Cyber Tips 4 You” campaign will officially kick off with a launch event on 5 May 2018 at Bedok Mall. The event will be launched by Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Dr Janil Puthucheary.

In a setting that resembles a café, visitors will learn how to create strong and memorable passwords, and be treated to a free cup of coffee or tea upon successful completion of their password creation journey.  

Three major telcos, M1, SingTel and StarHub, have joined the campaign to promote the importance of using anti-virus software and will advise visitors on solutions to protect their devices from malware infections.

Students from Nanyang Polytechnic will showcase a cybersecurity game where visitors can learn about cybersecurity in a fun and interactive way. Visitors can approach volunteer cyber champions for cybersecurity information and advice onsite. The event will be open to the public from 11am to 6pm on 5 and 6 May. Admission is free.

Mr David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA, said, "Good cyber hygiene is essential because we live in a world that is more connected than ever. The focus of this campaign is to raise Singaporeans’ awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and provide them with four essential cybersecurity tips to help them stay safe online. Every step we take to protect ourselves online will go a long way in keeping our cyberspace safe and secure." 

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