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Singapore government to establish Cyber Security Agency in April

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 28, 2015
Formed under the Prime Minister's Office, the Cyber Security Agency will provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions.

A dedicated agency for national cyber security, formed under the aegis of the Prime Minister's Office, will be set up in Singapore from April 1 this year.

The new Cyber Security Agency (CSA) aims to provide centralised oversight of national cyber security functions, and protect them from increasing cyber threats.

According to a media statement, the agency will consolidate and build upon the government's cyber security capabilities - including those currently residing in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Infocomm Development of Authority (IDA) - and focus on national cyber security. These include strategy and policy development, cyber security operations, industry development and outreach.

Besides this, CSA will also work closely with the private sector to develop Singapore's cyber security ecosystem.

The agency will be helmed by David Koh, deputy secretary of technology at the Ministry of Defence, who will also assume the role of chief executive of CSA from April 1.  

Additionally, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, will also be appointed as the Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security.

 

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