Singapore International Cyber Week 2018 to Strengthen Global Cooperation and Drive Critical Exchanges to Forge a Trusted and Open Cyberspace

14 Sep 2018


The third edition of the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2018 will once again bring together top global policymakers, thought leaders, and industry experts to Singapore to advance knowledge exchanges on key cybersecurity issues and solutions. Close to 8,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.


The theme for SICW 2018 is “Forging a Trusted and Open Cyberspace”, which reflects the importance of a trusted cyber environment that is open to all, given the fast-evolving and complex cybersecurity landscape. Held from 18 to 20 September 2018, events under the SICW umbrella include the ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC), GovernmentWare (GovWare) Exhibition and Conference, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Annual Meeting 2018, hearings by the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, 6th INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference and the ASEAN Cybercrime Prosecutors’ Roundtable Meeting. SICW 2018 will be launched by Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security Mr Teo Chee Hean.


Chairing the AMCC will be Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information & Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security, Mr S Iswaran. The Ministerial Conference will bring together ASEAN Ministers and senior officials from all 10 ASEAN member states for critical discussions to advance cybersecurity cooperation and drive greater cyber capacity building across borders. ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi will also be participating in the discussions.


SICW’s strategic partner, Temasek Foundation Connects, will co-organise an invitation-only CXO Plenary for C-suite leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss key strategic developments in cybersecurity. Another event under this partnership is the by-invitation only SICW Cybersecurity Lecture. Addressing the audience will be Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Also in its third year is the International IoT (Internet-of-Things) Security Roundtable, which will see experts exchange insights on IoT Security in the areas of principles, governance and legislation; ecosystem development, as well as technical references and standards.


Mr Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive of TF Connects said: “As a strategic partner of Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), Temasek Foundation Connects helps bring together leaders and professionals at the Singapore International Cyber Week, and strengthen the collaborative relationships and ecosystems. This will enable us to build deep expertise and develop cybersecurity professionals needed to successfully counter cyber threats.”


Held for the first time at SICW this year will be the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Annual Meeting 2018 and the hearings of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). The former is a platform that enables efficient international cooperation in building cyber capacities while the latter will feature discussions between Commissioners, private sector and civil society representatives on matters pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace.


Showcasing the latest trends, innovations and solutions in cybersecurity, the 27th edition of GovWare will see over 250 participating companies and sponsors including Ensign Infosecurity, Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco Security Systems and FireEye. The exhibition will feature several Pavilions including a Start-up Pavilion in partnership with Innovation Cybersecurity Ecosystem at Block71 (ICE71), showcasing 17 emerging business ventures in cybersecurity; an inaugural Finland Pavilion introducing four Finnish cybertech companies and their expertise in cyber defence; the UK Pavilion which returns this year with six participating companies; and the Singapore Pavilion with its largest participation to date of 22 local companies.


Mr Lee Fook Sun, Executive Chairman of Ensign InfoSecurity said: “The cyber landscape has and will continue to evolve rapidly.  SICW as the most prominent cybersecurity conference in Asia has provided an excellent platform for government and industry to come together in collaboration to better understand these changes and their effects.  Ensign InfoSecurity is therefore delighted to support SICW and be involved in the exchange of ideas to strengthen the cyber security ecosystem in Singapore.”


Mr David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA, said: “In the last few years, we have witnessed rapid digital transformation all over the world, but we have also seen the cybersecurity challenges that came along with it. Global conversations and greater cooperation among governments, industry and various stakeholders are now more critical than ever. We hope that the SICW will be a platform to further these conversations to bring about a strong, resilient and innovative cyberspace.”


SICW 2018 will be held at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 September 2018.  


About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cybersecurity functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cybersecurity awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape. The Agency is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.

About Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW)

Organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) is co-hosted with the Ministry of Communications and Information, Ministry of Home Affairs and Attorney-General’s Chambers. SICW is the region’s most established cybersecurity event. It is the ideal platform to discuss, network, strategise and form partnerships in the cybersecurity space, with an emphasis on international and regional cooperation, cyber ecosystem development and cutting-edge innovation. SICW includes cornerstone events such as the ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity and GovernmentWare (GovWare) Showcasing the latest trends, innovations and solutions, GovWare is the region’s leading conference and exhibition on cybersecurity.   

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