Britain sees in Singapore a partner to promote peaceful cyber activities. “Singapore and the UK share a like-minded approach to cyber security issues with both countries experiencing exponential growth in technology start-ups combined with innovation and digital transformation in their core industries,” explains Henry Pearson, UK Cyber Ambassador.
Last year, the nations signed a joint statement on building greater security into sensors and other IoT devices, he notes, and “the ASEAN Singapore Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (ASCSE) promises to provide the platform for ever increasing opportunities for collaboration.”
The UK ultimately wants to promote a “Free, Open, Peaceful and Secure cyberspace,” he continues. “We have a shared responsibility to improve our collective cyber security”.
“There are no quick wins,” Pearson warns. “We must work together in good faith, giving ourselves time to find common ground and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to fully participate and have their views heard.”
Nations must also create suitable consequences for bad actors. For instance, there have been numerous allegations that state-supported cyber criminals are behind high profile cyber attacks, such as the recent attacks on the Australian Government and its infrastructure; or the 2018 theft of confidential healthcare records from Singapore.
“It is crucial that we are prepared to impose consequences and ensure States are held accountable for irresponsible and malicious cyber activity,” Pearson says.