Published on 18 Oct 2023
Singapore and United Kingdom express their intention to jointly build
and enhance cyber skills
Singapore and the United Kingdom, represented by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (UK-DSIT) respectively, express their intention to jointly build and develop a cyber security profession that is clearly-defined and future-proofed.
2 The Governments of Singapore and the United Kingdom recognise that the cyber security skills gap is a global issue that will require a collaborative approach from the international community. Addressing this gap will reduce cyber risk to organisations and citizens across our economies and support the growth of the sector workforce in the coming years.
3 Accordingly, Singapore and the United Kingdom recognise the need to work together to improve and champion the cyber security profession. Earlier today, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation and Cybersecurity, Mrs Josephine Teo, and UK Cabinet Office Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, met on the sidelines of the Singapore International Cyber Week 2023. The two ministers had a wide-ranging discussion on Singapore-UK cyber cooperation and reaffirmed a mutual intent to collaborate on developing the cyber security profession and skills.
4 Both countries have agreed to cooperate on the following:
5 Mr David Koh, Commissioner of Cybersecurity and Chief Executive of CSA, said: “As cyber threats continue to escalate and evolve globally, we need a strong cybersecurity workforce to tackle these threats more effectively. Our partnership with the UK-DSIT will improve the quality of our cybersecurity workforce through the alignment of common skills and competencies. Cybersecurity professionals from both countries will also benefit from the chance to come together to exchange views and raise the level of professionalism.”
6 Lindy Cameron, CEO of NCSC, said: “Resolving the cyber security skills gap will only be achieved with international collaboration. I was delighted that two weeks ago the UK Cyber Security Council recognised the first 100 cyber practitioners with professional titles. Our ambition should be to work towards international recognition of these standards and the UK-Singapore partnership is the start.”
About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore
Established in 2015, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) seeks to keep Singapore’s cyberspace safe and secure to underpin our Nation Security, power a Digital Economy and protect our Digital Way of Life. It maintains an oversight of national cybersecurity functions and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s Critical Information Infrastructure. CSA also engages with various stakeholders to heighten cybersecurity awareness, build a vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem supported by a robust workforce, pursue international partnerships and drive regional cybersecurity capacity building programmes. CSA is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information. For more news and information, please visit www.csa.gov.sg.
About the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, United Kingdom
The UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) is driving innovation to will deliver improved public services, create new better-paid jobs and grow the economy. This includes a) positioning the UK at the forefront of global scientific and technological advancement; b) driving innovations that change lives and sustain economic growth; c) delivering talent programmes, physical and digital infrastructure and regulation to support our economy, security and public services; and d) funding research and development. An important part of DSIT's work is delivering the UK National Cyber Strategy to protect and promote the UK online. This includes building the UK cyber security ecosystem, improving cyber security skills and working with international partners to improve cyber resilience and increase collective action.