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SBF helps businesses “Fight the Dark Side” of Cybersecurity at the National Security Conference 2016

  • Some 500 participants from Singapore’s business community and public sector to  discuss cybersecurity issues relating to people, processes and technology at the Conference
7 November 2016 [Singapore] - The National Security Conference 2016, organised by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and supported by the National Security Coordination Secretariat and Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, brings together some 500 participants of the local business community and public sector to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges faced. Since 2005, the Conference has been an annual platform for Singapore businesses to discuss trends and insights on security threats, as well as how they can better be prepared to face crises.

Themed “Fight the Dark Side”, this year’s Conference encourages more SMEs to address cybersecurity-related risks pertaining to people, processes and technology. Gracing the event is Guest of Honour Dr Yaacob Ibrahim Minister for Communications and Information, and Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security. There is also a panel discussion featuring experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the level of preparedness of Singapore businesses and a vision for Singapore’s ideal state of resilience by 2020.

As more businesses increase productivity by digitising data, automating processes and offering e-services, they become more susceptible to risks online. Cyber threats and attacks are occurring more often and becoming more sophisticated around the world. Mr SS Teo, SBF Chairman, stressed the importance for Singapore companies to be prepared and the need to safeguard their critical operations and assets against rising cyberattacks. He said “Given the current sluggish economic conditions, resilience and business continuity can be easily accorded lower priority. As the key driver of Singapore’s economy, businesses need to be prepared to counter cyber-attacks. SBF will continue to work with trade associations and chambers to introduce capability-building and business continuity management (BCM) programmes to help our companies stay resilient and weather crisis.”

To help businesses stay on course in the face of crises, SBF continues to work closely with its partners for a broad range of resilience programmes. SBF has partnered SPRING Singapore to facilitate SMEs’ adoption of BCM, business continuity plans, information security management, and supply chain security management through the agency’s Capability Development Grant. From October 2016, SBF has also collaborated with industry partners to conduct Cybersecurity Capabilities Series workshops designed to help companies with no technical expertise to raise their cybersecurity capabilities quickly. Please visit BCM Portal for more details.

Welcome Remarks by SBF Chairman Mr SS Teo

Opening Address by Minister for Communications & Information and Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

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