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Singapore takes top spot in UN cyber security index

Survey measures commitment of member states to cyber security

Singapore has topped a global cyber security index released by the United Nations, beating other UN member states such as the US, Australia and France.

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2017, released on Wednesday, noted that Singapore has "a long history of cyber security initiatives".

"It launched its first cyber security masterplan back in 2005. The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore was created in 2015 as a dedicated entity to oversee cyber security and the country issued a comprehensive strategy in 2016," said the report by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Singapore moved to pole position this year from sixth place in the first GCI, released two years ago. Others in the top 10 include Estonia and Malaysia.

The GCI is a survey measuring the commitment of UN member states to cyber security.

Questions were sent to UN member states on the countries' legal, technical and organisational institutions, their educational and research capacity, and the level of cooperation in terms of partnerships and information-sharing networks.

"Singapore takes cyber security seriously and is committed to protect our cyberspace," said CSA's chief executive David Koh.

"However, against the backdrop of a fast-evolving cyberthreat landscape, there is still much work to be done, and we will continue our work with various stakeholders to build a trusted cyberspace for Singapore."

Independent global cyber security expert Aloysius Cheang said that while such an index is helpful as an academic reference, a high ranking does not necessarily reflect Singapore's cyber security readiness.

 

"The results of the cyber security initiatives are not measured for their effectiveness, but how many of them there are," he said.

Singapore has been making cyber security a priority in recent years.

In May, the Government announced that it is pumping in as much as $528 million into cyber security spending, which includes a new Government Security Operation Centre to detect cyberthreats.

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