A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Singapore and Australia on strengthening cybersecurity cooperation.
The agreement was inked during the 2nd Singapore-Australia Leaders’ Summit held in Singapore and was signed by Mr David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), and Dr. Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. The signing was witnessed by the prime ministers of both countries and the initial agreement will be valid for two years.
This is the sixth bilateral MOU entered into by Singapore, following others signed with France, India, the Netherlands, UK, and the United States. The MOU covers cooperation in key areas including regular information exchanges on cybersecurity incidents and threats, sharing of best practices to promote innovation in the field, training in cybersecurity skillsets, joint cybersecurity exercises with a focus on the protection of critical information infrastructure as well as collaboration on regional cyber capacity building and confidence building measures.
Both Singapore and Australia have also committed to promote voluntary norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. As a first step, both parties will organise an ASEAN cyber-risk reduction workshop at the end of 2017.