10 Feb 2017
As our digital networks expand and the Internet becomes a modern necessity many cannot do without, it is essential that everyone recognises the importance of cultivating good cyber hygiene to better secure their online activities – in short, to be savvy about the dangers in cyberspace and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves from cyber criminals.
The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) is thus organising its first national cybersecurity awareness campaign – the “Live Savvy with Cybersecurity” campaign. The campaign will be launched by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim on 11 February 2017.
The “Live Savvy with Cybersecurity” campaign will show that cybersecurity is not technical nor difficult to apply, and it can be simplified into easy-to-adopt steps for everyone. Just as people automatically lock their door and windows before leaving their homes, CSA has been advocating for a similar mind-set to be adopted when it comes to securing our digital assets.
The campaign will officially kick off on Saturday, 11 February 2017 with a carnivalesque roadshow at Toa Payoh Town Hub Atrium. Admission is free at the roadshow, which will be held from 10.00am to 6.00pm on 11 and 12 February. Aside from the roadshow, the campaign will utilise a network of outreach channels spanning online and broadcast mediums in the following months to convey how everyone can be a target and that they should take steps to protect themselves online.
The roadshow will feature six zones with fun and interactive activities that will appeal to all age-groups (Annex A). A prize will be awarded to participants who complete the respective activity at each zone; with a grand prize to be claimed after all six zones are completed. Highlights include a “SavvyCheck” trivia station to test one’s cybersecurity knowledge, a shooting gallery-style game for participants to “take-down” known cyber threats; and a quiz for participants to gauge their cyber-savviness level and garner customised tips on cybersecurity. The roadshow is an initiative of the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance and is supported by Govtech, Media Literacy Council, National Crime Prevention Council, the Personal Data Protection Commission and REACH Singapore.
At the carnival, the public can approach volunteer cyber champions for information and advice on cybersecurity-related issues. Citizens and permanent residents who have not set up their Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) can visit the SingPass 2FA booth with their original NRIC or FIN card for assistance to set it up on-the-spot.
Mr David Koh, Chief Executive, CSA commented: “Through this campaign, we want to reach out to the community to highlight that cyber threats can have major repercussions on our daily lives. We all have a part to play in making cyberspace safe and we should all play our part well. By taking small steps to enhance our cyber hygiene, we can have a safe online experience and enjoy the benefits that technology brings.”
About Cyber Security Agency of Singapore
Established on 1 April 2015, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries and stakeholders to heighten cyber security awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cyber security landscape. The Agency was established under the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.