Singapore is setting up a panel comprising global experts to offer advice on safeguarding its operational technology (OT) systems and has unveiled the country's latest cybersecurity blueprint, focusing on digital infrastructures and cyber activities. It also is hoping to rope in other Asean nations to recognise a Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) that rates the level of security for smart devices, such as home routers and smart home hubs. Singapore's latest cybersecurity masterplan builds on its 2016 cybersecurity strategy and looks to boost the "general level of cybersecurity" for its population and businesses. It focuses on the need to secure the country's core digital infrastructure and cyberspace activities, as well as drive the adoption of cyber hygiene practices amongst its connected citizens. Caught by the sudden onslaught of COVID-19, most businesses lacked or had inadequate security systems in place to support remote work and now have to deal with a new reality that includes a much wider attack surface and less secured user devices.
The 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact agreed Thursday to take the lead in global rule-making for the digital economy and bolster efforts to make resilient supply chains amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. "We strongly believe that given the current circumstances, it is more important than ever to counter protectionism and reinforce an open, effective, fair, inclusive and rules-based trading system to restore economic growth worldwide," said a statement issued by the member states following an online meeting. The delegates agreed to work toward setting up a subsidiary body dedicated to addressing the use of digital technologies, which have been increasingly utilized in the wake of the pandemic. "Discussions on rule-making for the digital economy are being held globally and I hope the 11 TPP members will play a central role," Yasutoshi Nishimura, state minister in charge of the TPP, told reporters after taking part in the meeting chaired by Mexico. Multilateral regulation of the digital economy has been discussed at the World Trade Organization but a consensus is yet to be reached.
Caught by the sudden onslaught of COVID-19, most businesses lack or have inadequate security systems in place to support remote work and now have to deal with a new reality that includes a much wider attack surface and less secured user devices. Many also have had to adapt and adopt digital tools quickly, taking on new technology that may not be adequately secured. Already, 21% of organisations in Singapore revealed they had seen an increase in attacks on their IT systems due to the pandemic, according to a HackerOne report released this week. Some 58% of these businesses believed they were more likely to encounter a data breach as a result of the global pandemic, found the survey, which polled 200 respondents in the city-state. Conducted by Opinion Matters in July 2020, the HackerOne study polled 1,400 security professionals in Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, the UK, and the US.
To address concerns about battery life and the use of Bluetooth in its contact tracing app, Singapore currently is looking to develop wearable devices to help drive the adoption of such technologies and boost its efforts to contain COVID-19. It also has no plans, for now at least, to make the use of its contact tracing app mandatory. Introduced in March, the TraceTogether app taps Bluetooth signals to detect other participating mobile devices in close proximity to allow them to identify those who have been in close contact when needed. The app identifies participating TraceTogether users who are within 2 metres of each other for more than 30 minutes. The data then is captured, encrypted, and stored locally on the user's phone for 21 days, which spans the incubation period of the virus.
People walk towards the U.N. headquarters on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in New York. At the U.N. General Assembly this year, leader after leader mused about the challenges of an increasingly fragmented planet and how the friction of modern life can mesh with old suspicions that can now be amplified in an instant. In short: Most of us humans are led by people struggling to figure out the same dizzying world that vexes the rest of us. A man wearing a pullover reading "this world is yours" eats lunch at Grand Central Terminal on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in New York. At the U.N. General Assembly this year, leader after leader mused about the challenges of an increasingly fragmented planet and how the friction of modern life can mesh with old suspicions that can now be amplified in an instant.