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Singapore tests its cyber incident management and emergency response plans

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 19, 2017
More than 200 sector leads and critical information infrastructure (CII) owners from 11 sectors participated in Exercise Cyber Star.


The second run of Cyber Security Agency of Singapore's (CSA) Exercise Cyber Star yesterday (18 July 2017) saw the participation of more than 200 sector leads and critical information infrastructure (CII) owners from 11 sectors.

Last year, participants were from the Banking and Finance, Government, Energy and Infocomm sectors. Besides those four sectors, this year's exercise included participants from the Aviation, Healthcare, Land Transport, Maritime, Media, Security & Emergency, Water.

The exercise covered different types of cyberattacks targeting essential services. These include web defacement, wide-spread data exfiltration malware infections, ransomware hits, Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks and cyber-physical attack.

Participants developed and tested their incident management and remediation plans in response to these simulated attacks.

The cross-sector cybersecurity training also tested the technical competencies of the National Cyber Incident Response Teams (NCIRTs) as they were put through a technical validation exercise in a cyber range.

Commenting on the exercise, David Koh, chief executive of CSA, said: "With greater interconnectivity, and proliferation of cyber threats, the ability of our critical sectors to respond promptly to attacks is vital. These exercises are important in bringing all our critical sectors together to strengthen our incident response plans and enable better cross-sector coordination." 


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