US and Singapore will work more closely on Cyber Security

August 28, 2021

US and Singapore will work more closely on Cyber Security

The United States and Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand cooperation on cybersecurity. The MOU was signed by Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and David Koh, Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).

A new agreement for the countries to share digital information relating to the financial sector was among three MOUs that were signed to deepen cyber-security partnerships. The agreement came as US Vice-President Ms. Kamala Harris visited Singapore as part of a tour to the broader Southeast Asia region. “Singapore and the United States share deep mutual interests in enhancing cyber security cooperation, particularly as cyber security has become a key enabler for both countries to leverage the benefits of digitalisation to grow our economies and improve the lives of our people,” said David Koh.

Under this new MOU, the two agencies will cooperate in areas such as the exchange of cyber-threat information, coordination of response to cyber-security incidents, and sharing of guidance on prevailing cyber-security trends and best practices.

The second MOU is an agreement between the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the US Treasury Department to bolster efforts to maintain and strengthen bilateral institutional ties as well as further joint efforts on cyber security. This agreement will enhance cooperation in areas like information-sharing relating to the financial sector, staff training and study visits, and competency-building activities such as cross-border cyber-security exercises.

The third MOU is an agreement between the US Department of Defence and Singapore’s Ministry of Defence that aims to institutionalise cyber cooperation between both sides. This agreement will help to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration between the two countries as they enhance capacity-building efforts in the digital defense realm, among other things.

About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Established in 2015, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) seeks to keep Singapore’s cyberspace safe and secure to underpin our nation’s security, power a digital economy, and protect our digital way of life. It maintains oversight of national cybersecurity functions and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical information infrastructure. CSA also engages with various stakeholders to heighten cyber security awareness, build a vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem supported by a robust workforce, pursue international partnerships and drive regional cybersecurity capacity building programmes. CSA is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.

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