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The government announces legislative, regulatory and economic measures to build a digitally secure, economically vibrant, and socially stable Singapore

In brief

The Ministry of Communications and Information announced plans to build a digitally secure, economically vibrant, and socially stable Singapore during the Committee of Supply 2022 debate on 4 March 2022.

The new initiatives will enhance the cyber resilience of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sectors and better secure Singapore’s cyberspace. Of particular note, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) will update and expand the Cybersecurity Act to also cover virtual assets (such as cloud-hosted systems), foundational digital infrastructure and key digital services.

Other initiatives include:

  • Updating the Cybersecurity Code of Practice (CCoP) for the 11 CII sectors
  • Introducing new Internet Codes of Practice (“New Codes”) to raise the baseline standard for online safety to create a safer online environment
  • A new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme
  • A new Data Protection Essentials (DPE) programme
  • Sustainable development of data centres

We summarise these developments and the extent of these changes below.

In addition, the government will support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to digitally transform and internationalise through the Advanced Digital Solutions scheme, which will provide more AI-enabled and cloud-based integrated solutions. The government will also introduce a broader suite of e-commerce platforms under the Grow Digital scheme, to help SMEs access international markets without the need for physical presence overseas.

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