MutualExchangeThreaIntelGoogle and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) announced a strategic collaboration to bolster Singapore’s cyber resilience. This partnership covers four key pillars: threat intelligence sharing, joint operations, technical collaboration, and ecosystem development.

Frontline intelligence sharing to foil cyberattacks

To advance sharing around threat intelligence, Google and CSA will endeavor to exchange intelligence on malicious activities, incidents, and vulnerabilities. Google Cloud, together with Mandiant, is the leading security services provider that brings together the essential combination of frontline intelligence and expertise, a modern SecOps platform and a trusted cloud foundation – all infused with the power of generative AI. Coupled with CSA’s repository of threat telemetry, the combined cyber defenders of both partners will explore ways to efficiently prevent, detect, and respond to threats such as ransomware attacks and scams.

Joining hands to protect critical infrastructure

The average dwell time for Asia-Pacific in 2022 was 33 days, up from 21 days in 2021. Dwell time is the amount of time between an attacker’s successful intrusion into an organization and the discovery of the intrusion. A wide range of cyberattacks also continues to be observed in the industry, ranging from financially motivated attacks, to cyber espionage attacks and ideologically motivated attacks that take the form of hacktivism or information operations. It is crucial that governments employ the best security possible to prevent the loss of services, resources, time, and money that can result from cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Google and CSA will collaborate and facilitate joint investigations on cyber incidents with potential ramifications to the critical infrastructure and systems, while working together to take down digital assets used in cyberattacks and digitally enabled scams.

Enhancing technical expertise to empower security teams

The fast-paced cybersecurity landscape creates a growing need to equip and uplevel cyber security talents with the latest innovations and techniques to combat cybercrime. Earlier this year, Google launched 5,000 Google Cybersecurity Certificate scholarships with CSA to an estimated 100 enterprises at no cost.

Google and CSA further commit to enhancing their respective engineering teams’ technical expertise and exploring avenues to jointly develop and promote technical standards and best practices in trust and safety.

Ecosystem development to promote cybersecurity awareness

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and this joint initiative will help promote regular exchanges between both partners to strengthen the understanding of opportunities, risks, and challenges associated with emerging technologies, such as AI.

Google may also support CSA’s efforts in developing policies and industry best practices related to such emerging technologies, and in building capabilities and raising cybersecurity awareness of the industry as a whole. Two specific initiatives launching at Singapore International Cybersecurity Week 2023 include the Cloud Security Companion Guides and the CSA-Google hosted Scams and Security Seminar.

“Cyber defense is a team effort. Big Tech plays a key role in shaping our digital terrain and are therefore important partners in cyber defense and cybersecurity. We look forward to working closely with Google to advance our shared mission of building a safer cyberspace for all users,” Mr. David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA, said.

By MediaBUZZ