The United States has reached three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Singapore to better coordinate their response to online security incidents, part of improved cyber-security cooperation between the countries.
The accords were signed during a visit to the city state by US Vice-President Kamala Harris.
One pact will enhance cyber security partnerships between the United States’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and its counterpart, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. Under it, they will cooperate in exchange of cyber-threat information, sharing of guidance on prevailing cyber-security trends and other areas.
The second MoU is an agreement between the US treasury department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore to strengthen ties and further joint cyber security efforts, primarily in the financial sector.
The third agreement is between the US Department of Defence and Singapore’s Ministry of Defence to institutionalise their cyber cooperation and enhance capacity-building in digital defence, among other things.
Singapore and the US must expand cyber-security cooperation to address growing threats and to protect themselves from cyber-attacks on their financial institutions and defence establishments, Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported Vice-President Harris as saying.
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