Parliament: Mindef sets up new cyber command to beef up defence against cyber attacks

SINGAPORE - The Defence Ministry (Mindef) will set up a cyber command to beef up its defence against cyber attacks, and rope in National Servicemen (NSmen) to play a bigger role in safeguarding the nation's military networks.

This will help tackle the growth in cyber threats against countries, especially in light of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) becoming an increasingly networked and technologically-centric force.

The new cyber command, which was announced by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Friday (March 3), will be called the Defence Cyber Organisation (DCO), that will be responsible for developing cyber defence strategies and policies.

The new organisation will also take charge of developing the military's cyber defence capabilities and, when necessary, support the national Cyber Security Agency.

"The SAF must keep up with the tactics and operations of aggressors in the cyber realm... a never ending game which we do in conventional warfare," said Dr Ng during the Committee of Supply debate on the ministry's spending plans.