The Singapore Government today held a cyber security exercise to prepare for large scale cyber attacks.

The drill was the first led by the Cyber Security Agency (CSA), and aims to train for attacks, like malware and distributed denial of service, which could bring down agencies’ networks.

Government agencies involved in the Cyber Star exercise were the Infocomm Development Authority, Monetary Authority of Singapore and Energy Market Authority.

Four private sector companies also took part from the banking, telecommunications, security and energy sectors.

“The exercise provided an opportunity for sectors to understand each other’s processes and capabilities and allow us to validate the effectiveness of cross-sector cooperation,“ said David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA.

CSA, which is just under a year old, also launched a new Cyber Forensics Laboratory today.

The unit will analyse and triage cyber attacks to come up with the best ways to respond to them.

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