Worst Cyber Attack in Singapore’s History
“This was a deliberate, targeted and well-planned cyber-attack,” the authorities said.
As most of you would have known by now, a couple of weeks ago, our government authorities realized that Singapore has been hit by one of the worst data breach ever in our history. SingHealth, Singapore’s largest group of healthcare institutions, had 1.5 million patients’ record stolen by hackers, and that includes the data of our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few other ministers. The personal data taken includes name, NRIC number, address, gender, race and date of birth.
In response to this incident, the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will work closely with all key sectors of the Government to enhance their critical information infrastructure systems immediately. These sectors include energy, water, banking and finance, healthcare, transport (including land, maritime and aviation), infocomm, media, security and emergency services, and the Government. The authorities will also not introduce any new information and communications technology systems while they review existing cyber-security measures and implement any additional security safeguards.
Were we adequately prepared? Was it something that could have been prevented? Was it a state-sponsored attack? Whilst these may be the questions that are on most people's mind, what is more important is that we see this as a wake-up call. Cyber-attacks are occurring daily, and incidents like this could seriously cripple our economy. All sectors should and must be armed and equipped with strong defense teams and strategies against future cyber-attacks.
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1) Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst (AVP/VP)
2) Vulnerability Assessment Manager
3) Security Software Architect (VP/Director)
4) IT Security Manager
5) VP, Senior IT Risk & Compliance
6) APAC Technology Risk Lead, SVP
7) Internal IT Audit Manager