2015 National Security Conference: Cyber Security for Businesses – Ignore at your own risk!• Businesses encouraged to adopt a holistic strategy for cyber security.
• The Employee Cyber Security Kit for businesses was unveiled.
27 October 2015 [Singapore] – Some 550 members of the local business community gathered with government agencies, industry experts and leaders today to discuss how businesses can better prevent and manage evolving cyber security threats at the 2015 National Security Conference.
The conference, organised by the Singapore Business Federation and supported by the National Security Coordination Secretariat and Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, aims to promote the importance of investing in cyber security. With businesses’ increased reliance on technology, having robust cyber security programmes will enable them to stay on course in the face of crises. This year’s conference continues to advocate a holistic strategy for cyber security – one that integrates the three elements of technology, process and people.
Mr S. S. Teo, SBF Chairman, highlighted the importance of training employees in cyber security. He said, “Cyber-attacks and their detrimental impact on businesses cannot be underestimated. Having strong security technology is not enough. Employees’ behaviour and their awareness of security are as important. Businesses have to make it a priority to regularly educate and engage employees on keeping computers and networks safe, following cybersecurity policies and practices as well as safeguarding sensitive data.”
The Employee Cyber Security Kit (ECS Kit), a free plug-and-play Web-based toolkit targeted at SMEs to guide their employee cyber security awareness efforts, was unveiled at the conference. The ECS Kit will help Singapore businesses achieve a structured employee education programme with minimal time, investment and manpower for long-term behavioural change on cyber security.
At the conference, keynote presenter, Dr Janson Yap, Regional Managing Partner, Risk Consulting, Asia Pacific & SEA Innovation Leader, Deloitte & Touche Enterprise Risk Services, also shared insights on the key emerging risks confronting businesses and recommendations to address cyber threats from businesses’ perspectives. A six-member panel comprising representatives from Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, 1-Net Singapore, Cloud Security Alliance, ESET Asia, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and the Technology Crime Investigation Branch of the Singapore Police Force, shared cyber security strategies for businesses through their experiences and case studies.
Opening Address by Minister Yaacob Ibrahim
Welcome Remarks by SBF Chairman, Mr S. S. Teo