Singapore

Workplan to fight e-crime

A national workplan to toughen Singapore's fight against cyber criminals was announced yesterday by Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

Amid a growing threat of cybercrime worldwide, the National Cybercrime Action Plan will set out a coordinated approach by the Government to detect and disrupt illegal online activities, and create a secure online environment, he said.

A key tenet of the plan will be to educate the public, especially vulnerable groups such as students and the elderly, to stay safe in cyberspace.

It includes a revamp of the police's Scam Alert website into a one-stop self-help portal, which went live yesterday.

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Upcoming plans will also include strengthening industry and academic partnerships here and overseas.

For instance, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is currently working with the private sector to develop customised malware analysis tools.

The tools will enable cybercrime investigators to carry out case assessments effectively.

A new initiative between the MHA and Temasek Polytechnic will also allow students to develop and test innovations in cybersecurity.

Law enforcement agencies will tap on technology to enhance investigation capabilities, as well as train officers to handle sensitive data to combat cybercrime.

The ministry will also expand the curriculum in its Cyber Security Lab facility to cover topics such as digital forensics and malware analysis.

- The Straits Times.

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