Singapore’s well-developed IT infrastructure and dependence on technology has made the country a possible target for cyber terrorists, a scenario the Singaporean government is trying to prevent from occurring.
Last year, McAfee released a report ranking Singapore as the 10th-riskiest domain out of 104 around the world. The report noted that almost one out of every 2o tested .sg domains are being used for phishing and to distribute viruses.
Chan Yeng Kit, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, announced the country’s first cybersecurity training and accreditation program will be launched in September. The purpose of the Qualified Information Security Professional program is to teach cybersecurity professionals how to defend Singapore from hackers, he said.
As IT becomes more pervasive, cyber criminals work hard on getting more organized and using various techniques to steal personal information, Kit said in his opening remarks at [email protected] 2010 Conference. He emphasized the importance of preventing end users from becoming the weakest link in the information-security strategy and instead recruiting them as the first line of defense in thwarting cyber attacks.
“[C]yber attacks can affect anyone, any organization and any country,” the secretary said. “An attack can cripple businesses, and even bring down a country's economy. Building a secure and safe cyber environment is thus a top priority. The challenge, while global and complex, is not insurmountable. Through close collaboration and continued investments in enhancing competencies, we can succeed in our efforts.”