‘The Govt’s move to delink computers used by civil servants from direct access to the Internet is “absolutely necessary” to keep govt data and public services secure.’ Hsien Loong.
When this policy takes effect in May next year, civil servants can only access the Internet through dedicated computers or through their personal computers. Hsien Loong has disclosed that there have been very determined attacks on the Govt’s IT systems and the threats are getting more severe and sophisticated. Just relying on the system’s defensive measures is looking like a losing proposition and it is best to cut the connection to the minimum. Hsien Loong quoted the possibility of personal data like NRIC numbers, addresses and income tax returns being hacked and put up for sale in the Internet. It is all about being safe and secure and the safety of citizens.
Given the same kind of logic and thinking, would the govt clamp down on immigration if more Singaporeans are being beaten by foreigners here or if the threats of terrorism increase, or if actual terrorist acts occurred? Or would it be too late by then? Data security cannot be more serious that personal security and safety and the threats of terrorism on our soil or in the heartland? How badly exposed are Singaporeans to terrorism with so many foreigners here?
The preventive and proactive policies and measures taken to safeguard the data and information safety and security of our citizens should be extended to make sure citizens’ personal safety is protected and not compromised by the hoards of foreigners with unknown backgrounds. Tiok boh? Important or not? No attack does mean we are safe. Terrorists planning to hit their home country from here does not mean we will be safe.
What are the govt going to do about these threats? Should we cut down the human connections as well or at least reduce the numbers here? Terrorists can also wear suit and ties among the professional ranks.