US and Singapore bolster cybersecurity partnership


The US Department of Treasury and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have expanded their collaboration on cyber and operational resilience issues.

Prior to the expanded partnership, Treasury and MAS carried out a cross-border cybersecurity exercise from April 25-27, 2023. This exercise allowed both agencies to test and strengthen existing protocols for information exchange and incident response coordination for cyber incidents involving banks operating in both jurisdictions.

Given the rising cyber threats targeting financial services, and the interconnectedness of the United States’ and Singapore’s financial ecosystems, timely coordination and cooperation during a cyber incident with cross border impact is essential in ensuring a swift response and effective recovery of the affected operations.

Following the exercise, Treasury and MAS reviewed the lessons gleaned, discussed possible enhancements and involvement of other international partners in future exercises, and explored other opportunities to deepen cybersecurity cooperation, such as holding bilateral workshops on cybersecurity policies and protocols.

Todd Conklin – Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection – said, “This exercise is a significant step forward for the cyber partnership between the United States and Singapore, representing an effort to bolster cybersecurity cooperation and our ability to communicate in response to a significant cross-border incident and shows our commitment to bolstering this partnership since Vice President Harris announced the partnership in Singapore and Deputy Secretary Adeyemo established a formal MoU between our two authorities in 2021.

“We appreciate our Singapore partners for working with us to make that possible. Every day we are reminded that cyber threats cross all national borders as there has been an exponential growth in threat actor activities. We must have a coordinated international response to the increase in threats, as the interconnectedness of our financial systems makes us only as strong as our weakest endpoints.”

“As the United States and Singapore are major international financial hubs where a number of global systemically important banks operate in, the cyber resiliency of these institutions in the respective countries has systemic implications on financial stability globally,” said MAS Assistant Managing Director (Technology), Vincent Loy. “The exercise is a key milestone in Treasury and MAS’ continued and close cooperation to strengthen our collective cybersecurity preparedness, and to safeguard financial stability.”

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