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CSA to work with industry players to boost Singapore's cyber security

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and strengthen Singapore's cyber security capabilities.

THE Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has formed new partnerships with three local and foreign companies to enhance cyber-security capabilities as it seeks to boost Singapore's cyber security in a rapidly evolving landscape.

CSA on Tuesday signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Singtel, Check Point Software Technologies and FireEye to work together on key areas.

Under their MOU, Singtel and CSA will cooperate to build up local capabilities and deliver advanced cyber-security services.

They will also help develop industry's cyber-security talent capabilities and capacity to meet fast-growing demand, as well as develop indigenous research and development (R&D). The latter includes joint R&D with institutes of higher learning and research institutes.

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With cyber-security vendor Check Point, CSA will leverage Check Point's expertise in developing industry-leading security solutions. Under their MOU, CSA and Check Point will focus on bringing advanced solutions to Singapore while growing local capabilities to provide these solutions.

Meanwhile, CSA will work with cyber-security firm FireEye to improve information sharing on cyber trends and cyber crimes, threats and compromise indicators as well as create solutions to enhance incident response.

CSA also signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) with Crest International and the Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP) to introduce Crest certification for penetration testers in Singapore. The partners will establish a Crest Singapore Chapter next year.

In addition, CSA and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) have established the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists Programme to train and up-skill infocomm technology professionals for specialised roles in cyber-security operations.

CSA chief executive David Koh said: "We are excited to be taking these strides forward with our partners to enhance Singapore's cyber security capabilities as well as raise the quality of the industry and workforce. These partnerships pave the way for us to work closely together on innovative solutions to strengthen our cyber security core."