24 August 2016
Cyber cooperation remains a prominent area of mutual interest between Singapore and Washington. Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently established a formal cybersecurity partnership. This agreement will improve bilateral cybersecurity and potentially create mechanisms for ASEAN nations to better address cybersecurity challenges.
At the invitation of President Barack Obama, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid a state visit to the United States from 31 July to 5 August 2016. It was the first official visit to the US by a Singapore prime minister since 1985, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The two leaders subsequently released a joint statement, one highlight of which was cybersecurity commitments. These included “broadening and deepening our cooperation to promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure global Internet that supports innovation, economic growth and social development.”
Both leaders endorsed a common approach to international cyber stability, affirming that international law applies to state conduct in cyberspace, and committed to promoting voluntary norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. Both governments affirmed their support for a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance and for the protection of human rights online.
… Harry Hung, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, is a Visiting Fellow from the US Army War College at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a career US Army intelligence officer whose command and staff assignments include Cyber, Signals Intelligence, and Information Assurance.
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Last updated on 25/08/2016