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Singapore & Japan to face cyber threats side by side

Singapore and Japan will officially cooperate to improve cybersecurity between the two countries, after the joint signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation yesterday.

David Koh, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) chief, and Dr Ikuo Misumi, Japan’s Deputy Director-General of the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, both signed the agreement at the St. Regis Singapore hotel.

The agreement will foster cooperation through regular policy debates, information exchanges, collaborations to boost cybersecurity awareness, joint regional capacity building efforts and best practice sharing.

“Singapore and Japan have been working closely together on various cybersecurity initiatives at both the bilateral and multilateral levels. This MOC will serve to bring our cooperation and relations a step further. I am confident that we will continue to have fruitful exchanges and move forward to operationalise our cybersecurity priorities,” Koh says.

CSA also has six Memorandum of Understanding agreements with Australia, India, the UK, France, the Netherlands, the United States and a Joint Declaration on cybersecurity cooperation with Germany.

Yesterday the St.Regis Singapore hotel also played host to members from 10 ASEAN member states, and ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Le Luong Minh, as part of the ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC).

Chaired by Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, conference attendees agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination for focused, effected and synergetic efforts to protect against cyber threats.

The conference also included a special session that included Ministers and Senior Officials from five ASEAN Dialogue Partners: China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The session looked at the interconnected global economy and the transboundary nature of cyber threats. It also highlighted the importance of international dialogue around cyber issues and cooperation between ASEAN partners.

The AMCC was also hailed as playing a unique role in bringing Ministers from telecommunications, cybersecurity and other sectors from around the globe.

According to CSA, ASEAN member states also supported the development of basic, operational and voluntary norms of behaviour to guide ICTs in ASEAN in ‘a responsible manner’.

These would be based on norms set out in the 2015 Report of the United Nations Group of Government Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UNGGE).

The conference agreed that the norms would enhance trust amongst ASEAN members and build confidence in cyberspace use for greater economic prosperity.

The third AMCC will be held in Singapore next year.

Singapore is currently hosting Singapore International Cyber Week, which runs from September 18-21.

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