MOE Stepping Up Schools' Cyber Security

After several website hacking incidents in the past two years, the Government has implemented new measures to fill cyber defence gaps.

One move is to strengthen security on schools’ websites with a new service which detects breaches.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) put up a tender document stating that it was looking for a web defacement monitoring service for schools. Website defacement is an attack which alters the visual appearance of a site.

The supplier will be required to monitor the home pages of 358 school websites for any breaches over a year. It will conduct integrity checks to detect any changes made to the websites, by comparing current and previous states of files. It will also provide SMS alerts to webmasters if there is web defacement or any unauthorised change.

There have been several attempts to bring down government websites in the past few years, such as the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Istana's webpages in 2013. In the same year, 13 schools’ websites were defaced.

Since then, the Government has set up the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, under the PMO. It oversees the cyber security of 10 critical sectors including transport and telecommunications.

What other measures can schools take to step up cyber-security? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: “MOE raising schools' Web defences”, (The Straits Times, 23 October 2015).

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