UK and Singapore unite to fight cyberthreats

IT CHIEFS from the UK and Singapore are entering into dialogue over the Internet of Things (IoT) to boost cybersecurity.

The countries are discussing the cyberthreat landscape, deterrence strategies, capacity building, international policy issues, and the role of public-private partnerships.

The collaboration comes with a warning from National Cyber Security Centre — and the US — about Lockbit, the most-deployed ransomware of 2022.

Achi Lewis, area VP EMEA for Absolute Software, said that “ever-prevailing cyberthreats” were causing global disruption. “(The attacks) provide examples of cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated in their approach,” he said. “Technology, such as self-healing technology, which can freeze and cut off vulnerable devices from a network … is one area that international collaboration can boost.” Ensuring that businesses and global governments were prepared to react swiftly was vital, he added.

Suid Adeyanju, CEO of RiverSafe, said there had been a “crucial need” for international collaboration. “Learning from one another will better equip us to fight against future attacks, which are inevitable.”

The dialogue was co-chaired by Will Middleton, cyber director in the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and David Koh, CEO of Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency.