close Workplan Seminar 2015 Singaporeans are at the core of what MCI does, and we aim to be a future-ready MCI that connects people. From building a secure cyber landscape, digital inclusion, to providing user-friendly Government services, Singaporeans can look forward to reaping the benefits of infocomm technologies. Cyber security "As Singapore becomes increasingly connected, we need to be able to manage these (cyber security) risks if we are to reap the full benefits that technology promises." Against the backdrop of growing sophistication of cyber attacks, Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security Dr Yaacob Ibrahim shared that the new Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will help build a resilient and secure cyber landscape. The CSA will bring focus to national efforts in building up cyber resilience and protect our citizens in this digital age. For Singaporeans to benefit from the advancements in technology, the CSA will develop national cyber security strategies and coordinate cyber-related operations. Other functions include focusing on industry and manpower development in the area of cyber-security, and build international partnerships. The CSA will also work hand in glove with critical sectors to protect critical information infrastructure. Cyber security should not be seen as a cost driver or an afterthought. Instead, cyber security is an enabler, which allows us to make the most of technology, with reliable connectivity and secure data. Dr Yaacob said: "Ultimately, cyber security will be the foundation from which we can confidently advance towards a more effective Smart Nation." "Collective responsibility for cyber security extends beyond the CSA." Everyone plays an important role in cyber security. The CSA will also work with the private and public sectors to build up our national capabilities and strengthen Singapore's defence against growing cyber threats. It is also important for organisations to design systems with cyber security functions right from the start to complement our cyber security efforts. These information systems can aid in protecting against data theft and compromising of their organisational functions. "This emphasis on cyber security also presents opportunities. With CSA, we see the chance to develop the talents of those with the responsibility of defending our cyber borders." The demand for cyber security professionals will rise. Opportunities are available in the National Cybersecurity Post-graduate Scholarship and the Safety & Security Industry Programme Office. CSA will also promote cyber security in schools, build partnerships with companies to offer internships and encourage cyber research and development. Equal opportunities for all "We are pulling all stops to minimise the digital divide within our society." Ms Rajeshwari, a recipient of the Home Access Package, using her tablet to use 'Whatsapp' Dr Yaacob shared about Ms Nair Rajeshwari, a recipient of the Home Access Package. Ms Rajeshwari recently received a tablet, and though she has never used the computer regularly, she is now able to Whatsapp her friends and keep up to date with news online. As Singapore advances technologically, we will also ensure that no one is left behind in the adoption of digital technologies. Since the launch of the Digital Inclusion Fund last year, IDA has reached out to more than 2,400 pre-qualified households for the Home Access package. Starting in May, IDA will offer free training workshops for beneficiaries of the Fund, to educate them on navigating the online sphere. If you know of someone who might benefit from this initiative, do let them know! Find out more about the Digital Inclusion Fund. Providing seamless and timely delivery of Government services “People are at the heart of our communities, our nation and our future.” To improve Government e-Services, the Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence will be set up in mid-July. The one-stop centre will have expertise in research and data analytics, which Government agencies can tap on to improve their digital services. SG50 Games “Kopi siew dai”, “teh c gao” – you are probably familiar with these kopitiam lingos, but do you know what they actually mean? “Kan-cheong! Kopitiam Saga” is a SG50 game by local game studio MojoCat which celebrates uniquely Singaporean traits centred on kopitiams. Along with other SG50 games with a local twist, “Kan-cheong! Kopitiam Saga” will be available in July for download. These SG50 games are part of a MDA-led initiative to encourage game developers to create quality games with a distinctive local feel that Singaporeans can relate to and enjoy. We can’t wait to play these games! Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, Second Minister Lawrence Wong, Minister of State Sim Ann, MP Zaqy Mohamad viewing the exhibits Click to watch some of MCI family's achievements in 2014 For Minister Yaacob Ibrahim’s full speech, click here. Follow us on Facebook for highlights of the MCI Workplan Seminar 2015.