Singapore And Australia Collaborate on Cybersecurity
5 June 2017
Last Friday, during the second Singapore-Australia Leaders’ Summit held in Singapore, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate closely on cybersecurity. This includes information sharing, training, and joint exercises to safeguard critical information infrastructure. The signing of MOU was witnessed by the prime ministers of the two nations - Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and Malcolm Turnbull of Australia.
The two-year agreement encompassed collaboration across several areas, which includes information exchange on cybersecurity threats and incidents, sharing of best-practices to drive cyber security innovation, and training people who have the same skillset. In addition, both of the countries are also going to participate in joint cyber security exercises that are focused on safeguarding critical information infrastructure.
Both countries will also work to promote "voluntary norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace". And to start this campaign, the two nations will host an Asean workshop aimed to reduce cyber risks by the end of this year.
CSA Chief Executive David Koh said: "Singapore and Australia share close bilateral relations and both countries have a shared vision that cyber security is an enabler that supports innovation, economic growth, and social development.
"This MOU shows our commitment to work together to build a secure and resilient cyberspace that will contribute to the progress of both countries," Koh said.
During the news release last Friday, CSA also mentioned that this is the sixth bilateral agreement that they have signed for cyber security. Singapore has also signed MOUs with France, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.