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Specialist Team formed to protect Singapore’s telecoms ecosystem

It was recently announced that a specialised team will be formed to look into the security of Singapore’s telecoms ecosystem, to reinforce its defences against attackers and in preparation for the roll-out of the 5G network.

This team was announced by the Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran at the ministry’s workplan seminar, held on Wednesday 10 July at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This Telecoms Cybersecurity Specialist team will be working with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) to conduct cyber-security vulnerability assessments and exercises, as well as test new technologies.

Mr Iswaran said: “The team has to work with CSA and other government agencies, industry partners and telecom operators to make sure that our 5G network is secure by design. In other words, we start thinking about the security of the entire infrastructure ecosystem from the get-go, even before you start the rollout.”

It will be formed within the next few months with staff from the public service, and be housed within the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

“And this is important because the nature of 5G is different. It supports a lot more data flow, a lot more computing on the edge. And essentially, the risks are increased significantly.” Said Mr Iswaran

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