The Singapore Government is setting up a new agency to monitor and counter threats to cyber security. See news reports here and here. Based on these reports, the Cyber Security Agency or CSA will bring together a few existing entities from different parts of the public sector. It will assimilate the Cyber-Watch Centre and the Threat Analysis Centre from the Infocomm Development Authority (iDA). It will also assimilate the Singapore Infocomm Technology Security Authority and the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team from the Ministry of Home Affairs. It looks like the Monitoring and Operations Command Centre (MOCC) will remain with iDA.
One can only imagine the extent of overlap in the activities of the different entities, so the establishment of CSA is an important first step to harmonising activities and to arrive at a coherent appreciation of cyber threats to our country. What’s not so clear from the reports is whether the staff of these different entities will be housed together, which is important for conversations to happen and weak signals to be pick up and investigated. This is not to say that knowledge sharing cannot happen if the staff are housed in different office locations – it will just be more challenging.
From an IM perspective, it will be interesting to know what kind of data ought to be shared between the centres/departments and iDA’s MOCC, and whether efforts will need to be channeled towards harmonising the data collected by the different entities. It will also be interesting to know what kind of technologies they will use to make sense of what I can only imagine to be a prodigious amount of data.
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