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Singapore to set aside 1.1 million to promote ASEAN cybersecurity

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Singapore will set aside 1.5 million Singapore dollars ($1.1 million) out of its 10-million-Singapore-dollar ASEAN Cyber Capacity Building Program (ACCP) for the next three years to boost ASEAN's technical capacity against cyber risks, the government said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the second ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said that the fund will be used to build technical capability among incident responders and operators in the ASEAN region.

The ACCP was announced by the minister at the opening ceremony of the first ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity last year. It is aimed at developing technical, policy and strategy-building capabilities within ASEAN member states through workshops, seminars and conferences organized, in collaboration with partners such as government agencies, industry players and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Yaacob Ibrahim said at this year's event that Singapore will be partnering the industry to run an ASEAN Cybersecurity Industrial Attachment Program, which will offer training opportunity in Singapore for up to 18 candidates from ASEAN member states.

The minister suggested three ways to ensure a secure and resilient cyberspace in the ASEAN region.

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