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Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum 2018

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Singapore is one of the leaders in digital government service with by leading the way due to a sustained focus and investment in ICT across a range of public services, such as health and education. Singapore is one of the leaders in digital government service with by leading the way due to a sustained focus and investment in ICT across a range of public services, such as health and education.

The PMO announced that the Government Technology Agency - under the Ministry of Communications and Information - and two technology planning units would come under the office. A new Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGO), overseen by a ministerial committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, has also been formed. Collectively, the SNDGO and GovTech will form the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes the move to bring various agencies and units dealing with technology under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will lead to faster, better results in Singapore's push to be a Smart Nation.

The Smart Nation is not just a slogan – It is a rallying concept for citizen to work together to transform the future together. The next leap to be a Smart Nation - everybody needs to get active, engaged, excited, secure and make a quantum leap forward.

Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)

Leading the Way for Digital Government Transformation towards a Smart Nation

With some of the fastest broadband services available and smart digital services that enable seamless transactions, the Republic is recognised as a leading light in the digital world. The World Economic Forum has ranked Singapore top in network readiness.

GovTech aims to deliver WOG infrastructure services for the rapid and effective development of Smart Nation applications and technologies.

Digital transformation within the public sector is at the heart of what GovTech, or Government Technology Agency of Singapore, does. harness the best info-communications technologies to make a difference to the everyday lives of people in Singapore.

Today’s government digital services are held to the highest standards by users. Not only must they be safe, secure and accurate, they have to be easy to use and empowering. This means business is not as usual anymore for the government seeking to connect more closely with citizens.

Yet, a new digital journey is only just beginning, with GovTech leading the digital government transformation initiatives.

Singapore Government is taking proactive steps to develop frameworks and infrastructure to lay the foundations for a cyber-security industry.

These include its Smart Nation vision and digital economy, and the National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018, a five-year plan that serves to reinforce the nation's cyber-security programmes by intensifying efforts in Government and the nation's Critical Infocomm Infrastructure as well as the wider infocomm ecosystem which includes businesses and individuals.

Singapore’s Cybersecurity Strategy

Building a Resilient Infrastructure

  • A key focus of the Strategy is to ensure that Singapore’s essential services are protected.
  • The Government will work with key stakeholders, including private sector operators and the cybersecurity community, to strengthen the resilience of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) that supports these essential services.
  • The Government will establish robust and systematic cyber risk management processes, as well as response and recovery plans, across all critical sectors.
  • To do so, it is necessary to grow a culture of cyber-risk awareness across CIIs.
  • The increased adoption of Security-by-Design practices to address cybersecurity issues across the supply chain will remain an important focus.

Creating a Safer Cyberspace

  • Cyber technology can enable and empower business and society, but only if it is safe and trustworthy. To realise its benefits, businesses and individuals must stay safe in cyberspace.
  • The Strategy outlines efforts by various agencies to combat cybercrime and to enhance Singapore’s standing as a trusted data hub.
  • These initiatives include the National Cybercrime Action Plan, launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs in July 2016.
  • However, the Government cannot tackle cybersecurity challenges alone.
  • To promote collective responsibility for cybersecurity, communities and business associations should play their part by fostering their members’ understanding of cybersecurity issues and promoting the adoption of good practices.

Developing a Vibrant Cybersecurity Ecosystem

  • A vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem will provide a sustainable source of expertise and capabilities for resilient infrastructure and a safer cyberspace.
  • It will also bring Singapore to the forefront of cybersecurity innovation and create economic opportunities for Singaporeans.
  • The Government will collaborate with industry partners and Institutes of Higher Learning to grow the cybersecurity workforce.
  • Scholarship programmes and industry-oriented curriculums will be introduced, while up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities for mid-career professionals will be provided through initiatives such as the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists Programme.
  • The Government will also partner the private sector and academia to develop technologically-advanced companies, nurture local start-ups, and harness Research & Development (R&D).

Strengthening International Partnerships

  • Cyber threats are borderless, and Singapore is committed to strong international collaboration for our collective global security.
  • Singapore will actively cooperate with the international community, particularly ASEAN, to address transnational cybersecurity and cybercrime issues.
  • Singapore will also champion initiatives for cyber capacity building, as well as facilitate global exchanges on cyber norms, policy and legislation.
  • The Singapore International Cyber Week and ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity are examples of platforms to promote such exchanges.

The digital landscape is constantly evolving from mobile apps to smart technology, on-the-go citizens demand engaging, efficient and secure access with more turnkey solutions. In order to provide our citizens and government agencies with a secure, streamlined, and personalized digital experience, the Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum will focus on the tools and techniques that build on your agency’s mission for an effective digital government strategy.

Here, you will meet C-level government experts and industry professionals addressing the most important policy, management and leadership issues surrounding the future of digital government and the role of the public sector CIO.

Based on our conversations with senior officials from Singapore’s public sector, Singapore OpenGov Forum Leadership is streamed along six tracks representing the different key challenges as the following:

You will gain access to innovative case studies and interactive discussions on Cyber Security, Big Data, IoT, Mobility, Blockchain and Data Centers through first-hand interactions with peers, luminaries, as well as, emerging and established organisations.

The 4th Annual Singapore OpenGov Leadership Forum serving as a full day of valuable insights and networking opportunities plays an integral role in keeping the digital professionals Connected, Educationprofessionals Connected, Educated, Engaged and Inspired.


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