Singapore and the United Kingdom have signed
a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Cybersecurity Capacity Building, in
conjunction with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to London for the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The MoC was signed by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s
Minister for Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Singapore, and The
Right Honourable Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport.
The MoC builds on and extends the close cooperation already
existing between the two countries under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
on Cybersecurity Cooperation, signed between the Cyber Security Agency of
Singapore (CSA) and the UK Cabinet Office in 2015.
Under this MoC the two countries will cooperate to deliver
cybersecurity capacity building programmes to Commonwealth Member States for a
two-year period beginning September 2018.
Furthermore, the UK will also actively participate in
Singapore’s ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme (ACCP) that was launched in 2016.
Previously, in addition to the MoU with the UK, CSA had
signed Memoranda of Understanding with Australia, France, India, the
Netherlands, and the United States, a Joint Declaration on cybersecurity
cooperation with Germany, as well as a MOC with Japan.
Mr David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA said, “The signing of
the Memorandum of Cooperation is testament to the excellent ongoing
cybersecurity cooperation between Singapore and the United Kingdom. It presents
an opportunity for both countries to share expertise and resources to offer a
coordinated and robust cybersecurity capacity building programme to our
partners in the Commonwealth. We are also delighted to have the UK on board the
ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme and look forward to enhancing cybersecurity
awareness and capabilities in the region."
Cybersecurity is a key area of focus for ASEAN. Singapore is
the chair of ASEAN for 2018. Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr Vivian
Balakrishnan has emphasised that
ASEAN countries “need to step up, and to step up urgently, collaboration on
cybersecurity, because you can’t have a smarter world, you can’t have
e-commerce, you can’t have seamless digital transactions if you don’t have
cybersecurity. It’s the flip side of the coin.”
At the 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity, it
was revealed that
Singapore will set aside S$1.5 million of the ACCP to build technical
capability among incident responders and operators in the ASEAN region. The
S$10 million ACCP was announced at
the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural ASEAN Ministerial Conference on
Cybersecurity during the first Singapore International Cyber Week in 2016.
Through a modular, multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary approach, the ACCP
seeks to develop technical, policy and strategy-building capabilities within
ASEAN Member States through workshops, seminars and conferences organised, in
collaboration with partners such as Government agencies, industry players and
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), including the US Department of State,
Corporation, Cyber Law International and the ICT4Peace Foundation.
The recent Sydney Declaration at the inaugural
ASEAN-Australia Summit also includes a
commitment to deepening cooperation on cyber security.