Asean enhances coordination to tackle cyber threats

(FILES) This file photograph taken on November 3, 2016, shows on a screen a list of viruses at the LHS (High Security Laboratory) of the INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) in Rennes. Several multinational companies said June 27, 2017, that they had been targeted in an international cyberattack which started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading to western Europe. Danish sea transport company Maersk, British advertising giant WPP and the French industrial group Saint-Gobain all said they came under attack and put protection protocols in place to avoid data loss. / AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER

SINGAPORE: Asean member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) said ministers and senior officials from all 10 Asean member states, including Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, gathered in Singapore on Monday for the second ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC), part of the Singapore International Cyber Week 2017.

The AMCC was chaired by Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

The conference was also attended by Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau and Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari.

CSA said Asean member states also supported the development of a basic operational behaviour guideline in using information and communication technology responsibly.

This would be done by referring to the United Nations Group of Government Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security report, issued in 2015.

The agency said the AMCC agreed that the guideline would help enhance trust among Asean member states, and increase the people’s confidence in cyberspace while harnessing its full potential to bring about greater economic prosperity.

To facilitate comprehensive discussions on cybersecurity, this year’s AMCC featured a special session which saw the participation of ministers and senior officials from five Asean Dialogue Partners -- Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

Taking into account the increasingly inter-connected global economy and the transboundary nature of cyber threats, the special session highlighted the critical importance of international dialogue on cybersecurity, as well as regular and robust inter-regional dialogue and cooperation between Asean and its dialogue partners, said CSA.

It said that AMCC was a regional platform which brought together ministers in charge of cybersecurity, telecommunications and other relevant sectors from across the region and around the world.

CSA provides dedicated and centralised overview of national cybersecurity functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services.

It also engages with various industries and stakeholders to heighten cybersecurity awareness and ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape.

The agency is part of the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.

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