Parliament: New cyber vocation 'selective and demanding' comparable to commandos and naval d

SINGAPORE - Singapore's cyber defenders will need to possess "a high level of skill" given the increasing frequency and complexity of cyberattacks, Second Minister of Defence Ong Ye Kung said on Friday (March 3).

"They will be entering a very selective and demanding vocation, comparable to the commandos or naval divers," he said at the Ministry of Defence's (Mindef) Committee of Supply debate in Parliament.

Earlier, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that Mindef will set up a cyber command - comprising 2,600 personnel in total - 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.

A new cyber vocation has been formed and full-time national servicemen will be deployed in this role from August this year.

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