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Volume: 14 Issue: 8
(August 2017)

Keywords:
cybersecurity enforcement cybercrime supervisory authority

Authors:
lim ren jun nigel bay

Organisations:
baker mckenzie

Jurisdictions:
singapore

Singapore: Cyber security legislation - mark of a new dawn?

With the growing incidence and complexity of cyber attacks around the world culminating in the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, it is critically important for nations to strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. Recently, Singapore ranked first in the United Nations International Telecommunication Unionís Global Cybersecurity Index, which measures the commitment of Member States to cybersecurity. The recognition holds testament to Singapore's recent drive for cyber resilience, best encapsulated by the Governmentís commitment to a national cybersecurity strategy. On the legislative front, the Government released a proposed omnibus Cybersecurity Bill1 on 10 July 2017 and is seeking public feedback on it. In this article, Lim Ren Jun and Nigel Bay, Principal and Associate at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow respectively, outline the existing cybersecurity legal regime in Singapore and identify the gaps in the law, before highlighting the key provisions of the Cybersecurity Bill and exploring how the impending Cybersecurity Act is likely to fill present lacunae.

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