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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH EDUCATIONAL & PRIVATE SECTOR TO FIGHT CYBERCRIMES

Mr. Masagos Zulkifl
The fight against Cybercrime has never been a work of individual alone or specific group of people. Joining hands is strongly recommended to win the fight – Cybercrimes have no borders and the impact that we see today is very high compared to the past few years. "MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES"  have recently showed a great example not forgetting European Union with its Cybersecurity framework.

 In Singapore, the Government hopes to work more closely with the private and education sectors to set up effective early warning systems and prevent cyber-attacks, according to Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.



"We have to build robust information and intelligence sharing channels which we can tap on to put in place effective early warning systems." – Said Masagos.

The theme of this year’s GovWare conference is "Strengthening the Cyber Security Ecosystem". More than 70 local and global speakers from the academia, industry and government are set to attend the event, which also features selected projects by tertiary students.

EXHIBITORS DEMONSTRATE NEW PRODUCTS

More than 80 exhibitors were also invited to this year's GovWare Conference, which is touted as an opportunity for the public sector to interact with companies to find out more about their latest products.


In time to come, some of these products and services may be rolled out in Singapore.
Some of the exhibits at this year's event include banking tokens that are able to tell if a computer has been hacked, and a machine that adds security features to passports.

The banking token is a two-step authentication tool. Before an online banking transaction takes place, data is sent to the token for a second confirmation. If all is well, the transacted amount will be displayed on the token.

However, if a different amount is displayed, its makers say the transaction could have been tampered with, and that the computer has been hacked. There are also plans to expand its use.

"We do a lot of transactions with the Government where we are using the SingPass, where effectively we don't have any authentication. I think this could be a very good device - especially when we're living in a mobile devices age," Director of Image Engine Mr Chong Chung Chin said.

Secur Solutions Group, which offers a passport printing service, has also been in touch with the authorities. Among its security features is a unique laser image which the company says cannot be replicated using other machines.

Secur Solutions Group CEO Mr Tseng Wun Hsiung said the company has "a number of security features" that a few governments are using.

"We are actually sharing a lot of this information with the authorities for the evaluation of Singapore's next generation of passports," he said.

Mr Tseng also showed Channel NewsAsia a "perso curve", which is engraved on the first page of a passport, containing the owner's personal information.

"It actually takes personal information from the enrolment process and through a mathematical algorithm we're able to laser engrave this specific image onto the passport," he said.

UPCOMING CYBER SECURITY FACILITIES

With its high rate of Internet connectivity, Singapore - which is is working towards building the world's first Smart Nation - is susceptible to cyber threats, Mr Masagos said.

He listed several facilities in Singapore that will help to boost the island’s cyber security.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which was set up in 2011 and began operations in April this year, maintains cyber situational awareness and coordinates with third parties such as banks to deal with national-level cyber threats.

The Home Team Academy’s Cyber Security Lab, where law enforcers will be trained in cyber security, will be ready by end-2014. Singapore will also be home to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation around the same time.


Another upcoming facility is Boeing's International Cyber Analytics Centre in Singapore, which will work with the private, public and education sectors.