Singapore’s government agencies will roll out several new “technical measures” for existing and new systems, including automated detection of emails containing sensitive data and stronger encryption for files. These are part of “interim” recommendations deemed necessary following a review of the public sector’s cybersecurity infrastructure and policies, which itself was carried out after a series of data breaches involving government entities.A committee set up to evaluate how the government secured and protected citizens’ data released its initial findings on Monday, stressing a need to boost the sector’s data security regime amidst rising threats. It added that government systems were increasingly complex and there was growing demand for the use of data to facilitate digital services for the public. Data also was necessary to support policy making, said the committee, which was led by Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Teo Chee Hean.It noted that it was completing its review, which included a “government-wide stocktake” of data management practices and inspections of key IT systems. In particular, these assessments had focused on the IT environments of five government agencies that managed high volumes of sensitive data, including the Inland Revenue Authority, Health Promotion Board, and Ministry of Health.Several… Read full this story
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