Government agencies in Singapore will appoint Chief Information Security Officers to counter the increasing threat of cyber attack, Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has announced.
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The Singapore Government has warned that accounts used by residents to authenticate e-government transactions, including income tax records and pension savings accounts, may have been accessed without the users’ permission.
New Zealand government tightens privacy laws to protect personal information. Proposed changes to Privacy Act strengthen powers of the Privacy Commissioner. Fore-shadows stronger investigative powers. Require agencies to “fix problems” involving breaches.
The Nanyang Technological University, one of the biggest universities in Singapore with 33,500 students, has become the first higher education institution in Australasia to achieve the international ISO 20000 certification, demonstrating excellence and best practice in IT service management, CIO Tay Kheng Tiong told FutureGov.
The Singapore Government has announced that S$1.2 billion (US$960 million) worth of new infocomm tenders will be called in the financial year of 2014, for areas such as cyber security, infrastructure and system development and maintenance, as well as data analytics, cloud and mobile services.
Hong Kong Government agencies have completed measures to protect themselves and users of their e-services against Heartbleed, a security loophole found in the widely-used OpenSSL encryption software. Agencies installed patches, arranged for renewal of digital certificates and cryptographic keys, and took steps to remind users to change their passwords.
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