Singapore enhances cyber defence capabilities with upcoming C4 Command

To be inaugurated this November, the C4 Command will be made up of about 2,000 Regular and National Servicemen when it is fully staffed over next 10 years.

By Nurdianah Md Nur
July 3, 2017


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In a bid to improve its cyber defence capabilities, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be inaugurating its C4 Command this coming November.

The C4 Command will comprise a new Cyber Defence Group (CDG) and the existing C4 Operations Group (C4OG). It will be made up of about 2,000 Regular and National Servicemen when it is fully staffed over next 10 years.

The CDG, which will be launched in November this year, will consist of a Security Monitoring Unit and an Incident Response and Audit Unit. The two operational units will conduct 24/7 security monitoring of SAF's military networks to detect any anomalies, flag out potential attacks, and coordinate cyber defence responses.

They will also respond to cyber defence incidents on the SAF's military networks, where response teams will be forward deployed to identify, contain and neutralise cyber threats. They will audit the security of the SAF's military networks and systems too.

Besides that, the CDG will take direction from the Defence Cyber Organisation (DCO) on policy and long-term capability development in cyber defence. It will also work DCO on incident response in the event of large-scale cyber incidents that affect multiple domains in the Defence Cluster.

As for the C4OG, it will continue operating and managing the SAF's strategic networks and resources, as well as conduct 24/7 network monitoring of the SAF's military networks to ensure that they are operational.

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