Last year, Singapore faced over 1 million cyberattacks and this year it was no different. The growing number of cyberattacks has forced IT and government organizations to beef up their security measures.
One of worst cyberattacks of this year happened in October when StarHub’s Domain Name Servers (DNS) went down following an attack. Another larger attack was made on the Internet infrastructure company Dyn, which stopped access to internet services like Twitter and PayPal.
It is becoming harder for cybersecurity to keep up with the current IT infrastructure services in Singapore and the IT services are growing further. It has prompted the cybersecurity companies to strengthen their security measures through new approaches.
A new approach to cybersecurity
The first approach includes Internet surfing separation. It is also known as “air gapping” and involves the disconnection of some critical network systems from the Internet. However, this option is not feasible to many organizations due to the inconvenience and charges involved. IT companies hold a lot of important information and some of them are passed through their services. If important information gets leaked to cyber criminals, the IT company has to face the heat.
The Singapore government has already finished their evaluation on the risks and threats that companies face and has urged individual companies to make their own assessments. The Government suggests that Internet surfing separation be applied to the security measures of most of the companies. But then again, every company might not have the same risk or threat. It is therefore important that companies make their own evaluation to determine whether the risk and threat posed to them are important or not.
The second approach is that of setting up cyber-ranges, which are part laboratory, part digital battleground and part training centers. In cyber-ranges, various cyberattacks will be re-enacted and the patterns will be studied. By using this approach, organizations will be able to understand how good their cybersecurity systems are. If the security system fails to perform well against the attacks, it will be clear that there are certain weaknesses and those need to be checked. The approach also allows people to understand what they need to do in the event of a cyberattack.
The approach is more of a preventive mechanism against cyberattacks. It is a progressive approach to cybersecurity and will help IT infrastructure services in Singapore manage their securities in a better way.