2nd ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity

The 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity was officially kicked off this morning by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister in charge of Cyber Security, Singapore.  Commemorating 50 years of collaboration and cooperation among ASEAN members, contributing to safer regional security environment.

Dr. Yaacob observed the need for continued cooperation as a collective reward for active management of cyber threats. He also take note of recent hacks in HBO and Sony caused valuable loss of intellectual property while ransomware campaigns like GoldenEye & WannaCry disrupted companies’ operations, and caused significant economic losses.

First, we need to keep our own houses in order. That means achieving good cybersecurity domestically, so that we are better able to contribute to the regional effort. This means ensuring that our own Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) are resilient from cyber-attacks, and that we have the relevant capabilities and skills to maintain a decent standard of cybersecurity at home.Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister in charge of Cyber Security
The ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme (ACCP), inaugurated in 2016, is aimed at enhancing regional ability to the meet the evolving cyber thread landscape and to build a secure and resilient ASEAN cyberspace. On top of the initial $10 million to ACCP.

This morning, Dr Yaacob shared that Singapore will set aside $15 million for the ACCP to build technical capability among incident responders and operators in the ASEAN region.

Singapore will also be partnering the industry to run an ASEAN Cybersecurity Industrial Attachment Programme. This programme will offer training opportunity in Singapore for up to 18 candidates from ASEAN member states. The training will focus on security operations centre (SOC) operations and management, and other relevant technical areas of cybersecurity.

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