(Singapore, 30 September 2019) Government officials of Singapore are calling to highlight the importance of cyber risk challenges.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP) meeting convened today to discuss the latest cybersecurity challenges and strategies related to the financial industry in Singapore.
During the discussions chaired by MAS Managing Director Ravi Menon, CSAP members highlighted the need to strengthen the cyber risk culture in financial institutions, enhance cyber monitoring and surveillance capabilities, and better manage cybersecurity risks in IT supply chains.

Officials say poor risk culture was often cited as a contributing factor during cyber incidents. The meeting discussed ways to strengthen cyber risk culture. CSAP members highlighted that the board and senior management of financial institutions should set clear expectations for cyber risk culture and monitor and assess how well the desired risk management culture is operating across the organisation.

They also called to maintaining good situational awareness of the cyber threat landscape was an important tool in countering cyberattacks. CSAP members encouraged MAS to continue working with the industry to strengthen cyber monitoring and surveillance capabilities in the financial sector, and deepen cyber intelligence-sharing networks with both global and local partners.

IT supply chains were increasingly being targeted and exploited by cyber criminals. CSAP members recommended that financial institutions should have in place an effective multi-layered defence with measures, such as source code reviews, system integrity checks, and network anomaly detection, to mitigate these risks.

The CSAP comprises leading international cybersecurity experts who provide MAS with global perspectives on evolving cyber threats and the latest insights on strategies to address cyber risk.

As part of the two-day programme this year, CSAP members will meet Minister in-charge of Cybersecurity, Mr S Iswaran, and participate in a half-day dialogue with CEOs of key financial institutions in Singapore.