Updated: 07/07/2014 23:18

SingPass to have stronger password system

SingPass to have stronger password system

SingPass will be enhanced by the third quarter of next year. 

The new Singpass system will require even stronger passwords. 

Government agencies will be required to implement two-factor authentication or 2FA for e-services involving sensitive data or transactions. 

The new system will also come with more advanced analytics capability that will identify anomalies in login transaction patterns. 

Speaking in Parliament, Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, says this is to mitigate any potential security risks and to better protect users' SingPass accounts. 

Dr Yaacob was reponding to several MPs questions on the measures the government has taken to prevent future breaches of security and to protect citizens' data. 

More details on the 2FA implementation will be available in the later part of the year. 

Dr Yaacob says his ministry is also exploring further measures to allow users to set their own user names in the new system, instead of using their NRIC numbers. 

It's also exploring mandating more frequent password changes for SingPass accounts. 

He also seeks the public's understanding and patience as this may mean users who forgot their password might not be able to use some e-services immediately. 

Last month, more than 1,500 SingPass accounts were compromised.

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