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Thursday, 3 October 2019 - Minister of Transport and Infocommunications attended The Singapore International Cyber Week 2019
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Cybersecurity, Brunei Darussalam attended the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) held in Singapore from 1st – 3rd October 2019.

The Minister of  Transport and Infocommunications headed a  delegation comprising of senior officials from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), AITI and IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS).

SICW 2019 was opened by His Excellency Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore.  In his opening remarks, His Excellency Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore has, among others, emphasised on the importance to address and mitigate cyberthreats through international partnerships, regional collaboration as well as domestic engagements.

Panel sessions were held following the Opening Plenary of SICW 2019. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib participated as a panel speaker in Session 1 on “Securing the Smart Digital Future”, alongside his counterpart from Malaysia and speakers from France, United Kingdom and United States of America.

In the panel discussion, the Minister shared Brunei Darussalam’s perspective on the challenges in securing the smart digital future.  He also shared his thoughts in facing and addressing key challenges of cybersecurity, amongst others, including the need to set the policy ownership, identify the Critical Information Infrastructures (CII), adhering to the standards and procedures at times of cyber attacks and to develop further on capacity building especially to nurture the growth of more cybersecurity professionals. Also emphasised by the Minister was the importance of collaboration at national, regional and international level. 

The ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity 2019 (AMCC) was also held as part of SICW 2019. The AMCC is an annual Ministerial-level dialogue for ASEAN ICT and Cybersecurity Ministers to discuss key cybersecurity issues  and  facilitate  greater  cyber  cooperation among  ASEAN  Member States.

Along the sidelines of the AMCC, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also held informal meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to exchange views on Digital Economy, cybersecurity policy and law, 5G pilot projects and smart nation initiatives. The informal meetings also discussed on initiatives to strengthen the bilateral relations  in  the  field  of  infocommunications and  cybersecurity  with  the respective countries.

The Singapore International Cyber Week is an annual event organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. With the theme ‘Partnerships for Trust and Confidence’, SICW 2019 is held to provide an integrated platform for international and regional policy makers, business leaders, industry experts and academia to engage in dialogues and knowledge on trusted and secure cyberspace.

Prepared by:
Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Brunei Darussalam
3rd October 2019