As per reports, the United States and Singapore have signed a spate of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to extend cooperation in cybersecurity across many fields such as finance, defence, and research and development. Such measures will include further information about sharing, joint exercises, and competency development.

Three MOUs were inked on Monday as part of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ three-day visit to Singapore this week.

One of these involved an agreement between Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to widen collaboration in cybersecurity beyond data sharing and exchanges. The two government agencies will seek to include new areas of support in important technologies as well as research and development, amongst others.

SA’s chief executive David Koh said that both countries shared “deep mutual interests” in boosting cybersecurity assistance, mostly as cybersecurity now was a main enabler with the two nations leveraging digitalization to expand their respective economy and improve their people’s lives.
CISA Director Jen Easterly noted: “Cyber threats don’t adhere to borders, which is why international collaboration is a key part of the Biden-Harris administration’s approach to cybersecurity. The MOU allows us to strengthen our existing partnership with Singapore, so that we can more effectively work together to collectively defend against the threats of today and secure against the risks of tomorrow.”

Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong said: “This MOU on cyberspace cooperation between Singapore and US defence establishments is an important step in formalising our cyber cooperation, and a reflection of our continued commitment to expand our defence collaboration in more areas. We look forward to cooperating with the US in this complex cybersecurity landscape”.

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