Singapore Strengthens Partnership with the United States

03 Aug 2016

MOU signed with the aim of building a secure and resilient cyberspace through cybersecurity cooperation

The United States and Singapore today signed a cybersecurity Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise their commitment to work together in building a secure and resilient cyberspace through cybersecurity cooperation.

The MOU was signed by David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), and Suzanne Spaulding, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The signing ceremony took place at Blair House.

The agreement covers cooperation in key areas including regular CERT-CERT information exchanges and sharing of best practices, coordination in cyber incident response and sharing of best practices on Critical Information Infrastructure protection, cybersecurity trends and practices. The parties also commit to conduct joint cybersecurity exercises and collaborate on regional cyber capacity building and cybersecurity awareness building activities. This MOU signing between CSA and DHS was one of the key deliverables in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the U.S. The MOU signing was witnessed by His Excellency Kirk Wager, the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S.

Mr Koh said, “Singapore and the U.S. share long-standing warm bilateral relations, with a shared vision to ensure international peace through cooperating in areas which are key for global stability. Considering the interdependence in cyberspace between Singapore and the U.S., the borderless nature of transboundary cyber-attacks would have a significant impact on both countries’ critical information infrastructures. This MOU will pave the way towards a secure and resilient cyber space, and we look forward to working together with the US to strengthen cyber security cooperation between our countries.”

This is the fifth bilateral MOU entered into by CSA, following MOUs signed with France, UK, India and the Netherlands. The MOU will last for an initial period of five years.

About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

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 reports to the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.