The Singapore government will establish a Cybersecurity Professional Scheme to attract, develop and retain cybersecurity practitioners in the public sector, confirmed Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications & Information (MCI). The scheme will be centrally managed by the national Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and will develop a core of specialists to be deployed across the public sector to support the city-state’s cyber defences. Dr Yaacob said, “As part of the on-going efforts to professionalise the wider cyber workforce, the scheme will also provide a framework to catalyse growth and uplift the overall industry.” The specialists can choose to build deeper technical competencies across the Government in areas such as security-by-design consultancy and cyber forensics. Mobile operator SingTel will be launching an interactive online portal on the topic for students to instil an interest in cybersecurity. The latest scheme is just one of many efforts to shore up cybersecurity in the city-state. Just last week, its Defence Minister announced the formation of a new cyber command, the Defence Cyber Organisation and incorporated national servicemen in a new cyber-defence unit under the Singapore Armed Forces.