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DSTA has undertaken a Research and Technology initiative to explore and develop a tactical cyber defence prototype for the Singapore Army’s increasingly networked tactical networks and systems. These include mobile devices, battlefield management systems and digitalised platforms.

The capability aims to augment existing solutions focusing on protective safeguards, such as encryption and two-factor authentication. As tactical systems tend to be geographically dispersed and operate on limited data bandwidth, DSTA designed a customised system that is less resource-intensive.

As part of the prototype cyber defence system, the DSTA team also introduced cyber sensors for the Singapore Army’s tactical systems. These sensors process, analyse and optimise information on the systems, so as to detect cyber threats. The prototype cyber defence capability will also collate and track the cyber health of the networks and systems.