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CSA seeks feedback on proposed cybersecurity amendment bill

The CSA is seeking public input on the Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill to update Singapore's cybersecurity laws in line with new digital challenges.

On September 18, the Cyber Security Agency of (CSA) initiated a public consultation for the proposed Cybersecurity (Amendment) Bill. This move is part of an effort to update the Cybersecurity Act of 2018, the foundational legal framework for overseeing and maintaining national cybersecurity in Singapore.

Updating cybersecurity laws to meet new challenges

The proposed amendments aim to ensure Singapore's cybersecurity laws remain effective and relevant, capable of addressing the emerging challenges in the digital world. The CSA's review of the Cybersecurity Act focuses on several key areas:

  • Keeping pace with technological advancements: The amendments propose updates to the existing laws concerning the protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). These infrastructures, crucial for the smooth running of essential services, must be safeguarded against cyber threats.
  • Expanding the scope of protection: Beyond CII, the CSA suggests extending the Cybersecurity Act's coverage to include other significant computer systems and entities of special cybersecurity interest. These systems and entities, when compromised, could significantly impact Singapore's defence, foreign relations, , public health, safety, or public order.
  • Enhancing response to cybersecurity challenges: The amendments seek to equip the Commissioner of Cybersecurity with improved situational awareness. This enhancement is crucial for gaining early and timely information on cybersecurity vulnerabilities, threats, and incidents that could affect CIIs and other identified systems.

Public involvement in shaping cybersecurity policies

The CSA is encouraging public participation in refining these cybersecurity policies. Individuals can submit their views and suggestions online via the REACH website until January 15, 2024. This public consultation phase ensures that Singapore's cybersecurity laws are comprehensive, robust, and apt for the contemporary digital landscape.

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Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia is a news editor at Tech Edition. Her interest is in technology and startups, occasionally crunching news for gaming. Sofia enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and gardening when she isn't behind a keyboard.

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