As Singapore moves towards becoming a Smart Nation, technology will become increasingly pervasive in our lives, transforming the way we work, live, and play. Thus, it is crucial that Singaporeans are equipped with the basic know-how of good cyber practices, in order to reap the benefits of technology. With that in mind, the cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) collaborated with the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance to organise the second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign. This year, the theme is “Cyber Tips 4 You.”
Always Room For Improvement
During the 2017 launch event of the campaign, CSA conducted several onsite surveys. The results, together with results from CSA’s two public awareness surveys, showed that respondents agreed that everyone has a part to play in cybersecurity. However, at the same time, there is still room for improvement when it comes to actual adoption of cybersecurity measures. For example, having weak password management habits, or ignoring software updates.
Some respondents indicated that they would like to have more cybersecurity information and advice on how to better protect themselves. As such, the Cyber Tips 4 You campaign will focus on communicating to the public four important cybersecurity tips:
- Use an anti-virus software
- Use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
- Spot signs of phishing
- Update software as soon as possible
Launch Event On 5 May 2018
Communicating these four cyber tips are local celebrities Suhaimi Yusof and Jae Liew. You might know them from the popular TV series “Tanglin”. The two celebrities shared these tips in four online videos.
These videos will also be supplemented by adaptations on social media and out-of-home platforms, including MRT stations and bus shelters all over Singapore.
You can also access them on the CSA website here.
During the event, visitors learned how to create strong and memorable passwords. They also received advice from three major telcos, M1, SingTel, and StarHub. They also had the chance to try out a cybersecurity game by students from Nanyang Polytechnic, which teaches visitors about cybersecurity in a fun and interactive way.
Mr David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA, said: “Good cyber hygiene is essential because we live in a world that’s more connected than ever. The focus of this campaign is to raise Singaporeans’ awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and provide them with four essential cybersecurity tips to help them stay safe online. Every step we take to protect ourselves online will go a long way in keeping our cyberspace safe and secure.”