The Infocomm Media Development Authority announced today a long-term roadmap to identify cyber threats and develop solutions to protect Singapore’s connectivity infrastructure.

The initiative aims to identify areas for improvement in the country’s telecommunications cybersecurity capabilities and recommend policies and strategies.

It will be run by the newly formed Telecom Cybersecurity Strategic Committee, with the first set of recommendations expected late this year.

Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary announced the plans at today’s Infocomm Media Cybersecurity Conference.

“IMDA has a role in this space as both a regulator, as well as with roles around industry development and capability development. And we have to make sure we have the right balance to both drive innovation and have the correct, appropriate regulations to protect both our interests as well as our citizens,” he said.

Besides, the agency launched an electric Know Your Customer guide to enable consumers to register for mobile services safely without the need for face-to-face transactions.

It also launched a public consultation on its cybersecurity guide for Internet of Things (IoT) systems. The guide aims to help companies take cybersecurity into consideration when purchasing IoT systems.

Government agencies and telecom companies are looking forward to additional workshops and training programmes that IMDA will run in collaboration with the NUS Centre for Quantum Technologies.