UK and Singapore bolster cyber defences with collaboration pact

UK and Singapore bolster cyber defences with collaboration pact

Cyber chiefs from the UK and Singapore have come together to strengthen cyber collaborations with the new UK-Singapore Cyber Dialogue improving collaboration around the Internet of Things (IoT) security, app security and cyber skills development.

The countries have discussed the cyber threat landscape, deterrence strategies against, international cyber capacity building, international cyber policy issues including in the UN, and the role of public-private partnerships in cybersecurity. 

The collaboration comes after The National Cyber Security Centre, alongside international partners such as the US, warned that Lockbit was the most deployed ransomware variant across the world in 2022, as organisations of all sizes across a wide range of critical infrastructure sectors have faced serious disruptions.

Achi Lewis, Area VP EMEA for Absolute Software, commented:

“It is great to see governments coming together to unite against the ever-prevailing cyber threat, which all too often causes disruption across both public and private organisations around the world. We have seen many attacks in recent times that provide examples of cyber criminals only becoming more sophisticated in their approach, highlighting an even bigger need to come together as one.”

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“Technology, such as self-healing technology, which can freeze and cut off vulnerable devices from a network and automatically update systems is one area that international collaboration can boost, and the sharing of technology and knowledge will help to build resilience for these tools. While prevention is important, ensuring that businesses and global governments are prepared to react when at attack occurs, not just if, is just as vital, and this is the kind of knowledge that global collaboration can lead.

Suid Adeyanju, CEO of RiverSafe, commented:

“Recent attacks have underscored the crucial need for international collaboration. Governments, organisations, and individuals face unprecedented risks, necessitating a united front against malicious actors. By pooling our skills, technology, and knowledge, we can fortify our cyber defences. Learning from one another will better equip us to fight against future attacks, which are inevitable, building cyber protections that will reduce the wider spread disruption we are commonly seeing.”

The dialogue was co-chaired by Will Middleton, Cyber Director in the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and David Koh, Chief Executive of Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency with senior figures from Singapore, the National Cyber Security Centre and the UK government contributing to the discussion.

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