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Singapore opens 24/7 cybersecurity centre

Mr Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of MPA (centre) with key representatives from ST Engineering and Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) Mr Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of MPA (centre) with key representatives from ST Engineering and Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)

A new maritime cybersecurity operations centre (MSOC) has been opened by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to monitor and correlate data activities across all maritime Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). 

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MSOC, which was opened by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of the new 24/7 centre, will be operated by ST Engineering in its Hub. The centre will conduct 24/7 monitoring, analysing activities in the IT environment, detecting anomalies and threats, and responding to cybersecurity incidents using available technology solutions.

MSOC will strengthen Singapore’s maritime cybersecurity posture through early detection, monitoring, analysis and response to potential cyber-attacks on maritime CIIs.  This will allow MPA to work closely with CIIs to ensure the protection of maritime CIIs and investigate any cybersecurity threat or incident.  MPA will also build key data linkages between MSOC and Port Operations Control Centre in order to respond to cyber incidents in a more holistic and timely manner.

“Cyber threats come in many forms and have been rising steadily across the globe. As the world’s busiest transhipment hub, it is important that we safeguard our maritime and port critical infrastructure to prevent a major disruption to port operations and delivery of services,” said Mr Niam.

MPA has also put in place other initiatives to strengthen the cybersecurity readiness of the maritime sector. To better equip maritime professionals with the relevant cybersecurity skills, MPA has collaborated with Singapore Shipping Association and Singapore Polytechnic to develop a new “Maritime Cybersecurity (Intermediate) Training Course” for maritime personnel to enhance their knowledge in managing cyber threats and challenges. This one-day course will be built upon the existing basic course where participants will learn more about cyber risk management and counter-measures from a practitioner’s perspective. This new course will be rolled out in first half of next year.

MPA has also collaborated with the Singapore Maritime Institute and local institutes of higher learning to embark on a Maritime Cybersecurity Research programme. This programme will focus on the protection of shipboard systems to mitigate cyber threats with the growing digitalisation on board ships.

In addition, MPA will build on the existing Port Authorities Roundtable initiative, as well as with other partner networks, an information-sharing network with other port authorities. The network aims to foster efforts across port authorities to step up the sharing of intelligence relating to maritime cybersecurity, with the objective of enhancing situational awareness of cyber threats and incidents.{/mprestriction}

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