The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Cyber Security Agency of Singapore signed an MoU to strengthen information sharing, fostering cybersecurity exchanges between Singapore and the U.S., and cooperation through joint exercises as well as expanding into new areas of cooperation such as critical technologies, and research and development. This comes as part of a broader effort to increase ties between the two nations.
How the Cybersecurity MoU Benefits Both Nations
As reported by Nextgov.com, the MOU—signed by CISA Director Jen Easterly and David Koh, chief executive of Singapore’s CSA—also covers coordination on cyber incident response capacity building across Southeast Asia, and is one of three cybersecurity agreements the countries made, according to a fact sheet the White House released following a face-to-face meeting between Vice President Kamala Harris and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“This year marks the 55th anniversary of bilateral relations. We are launching new partnerships in cyber, defence, growth and innovation, climate, and supply chain resilience. This substantial agenda will enhance our multifaceted relationship, and I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in the future” said Mr. Lee in a Facebook posting.
In their report, The Straits Times had quoted that Ms Harris said she agreed that Singapore and the US must expand cyber-security cooperation to address growing threats and to protect themselves from cyber attacks on their financial institutions and defense establishments.
Details of the three MoUs were announced by the various agencies involved. The first MoU will enhance cyber-security partnerships between the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and its US counterpart, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. This is the second of such agreements signed by the two agencies, after the initial one inked in 2016.
Under this new MoU, the two agencies will cooperate in areas such as exchange of cyber-threat information, coordination of response to cyber-security incidents and sharing of guidance on prevailing cyber-security trends and best practices.