Singapore is poised to set up a new Cybersecurity and Information Center to allow exchanges among ASEAN defense establishments in response to threats posed by cyber-attacks, misinformation and disinformation. The Centre’s purpose will be to help develop the cybersecurity capabilities of South East Asian member states.
The decision to set up the center in Singapore was approved at the 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), which also saw the adoption of a concept paper on the establishment of the ASEAN Cyber Defense Network to link cyber defense operation centers of member states.
The establishment of the center will complement the ASEAN Cyber Defence Network in advancing interactions, cooperation, and regional exchanges related to cyber-security subjects. In the meeting, the ASEAN officials adopted a declaration that regional commitment to tackling prevailing and emerging transboundary security threats in the region.
While few details have been publicized thus far about the new center’s role within the ADMM, the core areas on which it looks to make progress include research, training, and information sharing.
(Sources: Mindef; The Diplomat; The Straits Times)