|Singapore now teams up with the United States and Canada for an upgraded cyber security status / Photo by: jsouth via Pixabay|
Security, especially with regard to the online space, has become a necessity for many countries around the world. Thus, Singapore, in that same vein, has created partnership agreements with both Canada and the United States (US) for the advancement and usage of cybersecurity. These include data sharing, a combined effort for technical certification programs, and building better projects in the same industry.
These agreements were established by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), who said that they have signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. This particular deal will involve the exchanging of information more easily with regard to better cybersecurity solutions and finding ways to circumvent cyberattacks. On top of this, the CSA also signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) to collaborate with the US to develop more efficient technical assistance programs for Asean member states. This one would include different elements of the Asean Cyber Capacity Programme (ACCP), a well as the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership initiative of the US. It would also bring about new training workshops to teach and give more information about different aspects of technical cybersecurity capacity building and other related topics. Both of these agreements aim to more efficiently manage and boost the operation cybersecurity of Singapore. This is also a part of their initiative to upgrade their infrastructure protection and general cyber security ecosystem development, and their creation of a ‘secure and trusted regional cyberspace in Asean,’ as stated by the CSA. David Koh, the chief executive of CSA, stated, “With cybersecurity a transboundary issue, strong international partnerships remain key to navigating the increasingly complex cyber terrain.”
Singapore's deals with both Canada and the US are significant efforts by the country to increase and to secure the different aspects of their cybersecurity platforms.