12 July 2017

News Story: Singapore launches new bill to fight against cyber attacks

SINGAPORE, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Singapore has launched a new bill on cyber security in a bid to set up a framework to reduce cyber risks of the country, the Straits Times reported on Tuesday.

According to the proposed Cyber Security Bill, when a cyber attack occurs, Singapore's Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will be empowered to carry out an investigation and the affected company or entity have to share related information with the CSA.

As the fruit of almost two years of work of the CSA, the bill aims to blur the line between cyber threats to the public sector and the private sector by plugging security gaps in critical information infrastructure (CII), such as those used to run banking, telecoms, transport, healthcare and energy essential services.

The bill will also confer power on CSA's chief as Commissioner of Cyber Security to investigate threats and incidents to ensure essential services are not disrupted in the event of a cyber attack.

Read the full story at Xinhua