UK and Singapore sign cyber-security MOU during Cameron Asia tour

The UK and Singapore today signed a memorandum of understanding to work more closely on cyber-security.

Prime minister David Cameron is visiting the country as part of a four-day visit to Asia. The two countries have agreed to work more closely to fight maritime piracy and terrorism as well as combating cyber-crime.

The agreement follows the opening of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) building in Singapore in September 2014 which is used by world police to detect, investigate and prevent cyber-crime.

In the MOU which the Cabinet Office signed with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, it was agreed to cooperate in four key areas.

The computer emergency response teams (CERT) in both countries will coordinate responses to cyber-security attacks.

Funds for basic research will be doubled, from a joint spend of £1.17 million to £2.4 million over three years.

Singapore will create a local edition of the UK Cyber Security Challenge, making it the first international partner to license the massive multiplayer online game.

And the two countries will share best practice in cyber-security products and services.

Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong is interested in tapping British expertise in cyber-security. "The UK has well-known expertise in this field and we hope to share our experiences in this increasingly important area," he said.