Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli: Cyber defence strategies have to shift from being reactive to proactive and intelligence-based
Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli, says cyber defence strategies have to shift from being reactive to proactive and intelligence-based.
That's because Singaporeans are increasingly reliant on digital technology, and this heightens the risk of online crime.
All it takes is one successful cyber attack, and essential services such as transportation systems and the banking and finance industry could be disrupted.
A security report found that there was a 42 per cent increase in targeted cyber attacks globally last year, as compared to 20-11.
Mr Masagos said that these crimes are no longer random and opportunistic.
Instead, they're becoming targeted.
And the perpetrators can inflict major damage with relatively less materials than what is required to defend systems.
What's more, it's challenging to identify the masterminds due to the anonymity of the Internet.
Mr Masagos was speaking at the opening of the 22nd GovernmentWare Conference and Exhibition today.
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