New government team to look into cyber security in 5G and telecoms sector

Posted by , 10-07-2019

SINGAPORE - A specialised team will be formed to look into the security of Singapore's telecoms ecosystem, to bolster its defences against attackers and prepare for the roll-out of the 5G network.

This Telecoms Cybersecurity Specialist team will be working with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) to conduct cyber-security vulnerability assessments and exercises, as well as test new technologies.

It will be formed within the next few months with staff from the public service, and be housed within the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

This team was announced by the Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran at the ministry's workplan seminar, held on Wednesday (July 10) at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Mr Iswaran said: "The team has to work with CSA and other government agencies, industry partners and telecom operators to make sure that our 5G network is secure by design. In other words, we start thinking about the security of the entire infrastructure ecosystem from the get-go, even before you start the rollout.

"And this is important because the nature of 5G is different. It supports a lot more data flow, a lot more computing on the edge. And essentially, the risks are increased significantly."

In a fact sheet on the same day, the ministry said: "As a start, the team will focus on 5G. The specialist team will look to strengthen the resilience and cyber security of other aspects of Singapore's digital connectivity infrastructure in subsequent phases."