Singapore goes on-line in hunt for intelligence officers

Singapore has turned to the world extensive net in its hunt for intelligence officers from “various backgrounds”. The Safety and Intelligence Division (SID) has unveiled its official web site as we speak, 55 years after it was established inn 1966. 

Parked underneath the Ministry of Defence (Mindef), SID is the nation’s exterior intelligence company answerable for safeguarding the nation in opposition to exterior threats. It offers intelligence and assessments to native authorities companies, in addition to analyses international developments that will have an effect on Singapore’s safety and nationwide pursuits. 

These embody transnational threats comparable to cybersecurity and terrorism, geopolitics, and international relations, in line with an announcement launched Monday by Mindef. SID additionally communicates with international intelligence and safety companies, sharing info and insights on countering transnational threats. 

With the launch of its web site, the company stated it hoped to supply some thought of its operations, though a lot of those remained labeled for nationwide safety causes. In doing so, it aimed to draw a wider spectrum of recruits to hitch the company. 

An SID spokesperson stated: “Singapore is going through difficult safety points in an more and more complicated and risky world. The knowledge we accumulate and analyse to detect and counter threats comes from extensive and assorted sources. The applied sciences to make sense of such info are evolving quickly. 

“By rising SID’s visibility, the web site will assist us to recruit Singaporeans from various backgrounds with the correct values and experience who can contribute in direction of our mission. It would additionally assist us to strengthen current linkages and forge new partnerships.”

In line with the web site, the company affords roles throughout 5 key areas together with expertise, operations, and analysis. Specialised abilities it seeks in expertise embody cybersecurity, information science and engineering, and software program engineering, whereas roles in operations require specialised abilities in cybersecurity and menace evaluation and investigation. 

SID’s previous counter-terrorism work led to the arrests of Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists who fled Singapore within the early 2000s and foiled a terror group’s plot to launch an assault on the Marina Bay Sands built-in resort in 2016, Mindef stated. 

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in March 2020 restructured to spice up its capabilities to handle rising threats in cyber, counter-terrorism, and maritime. In cyber defence, particularly, Mindef and SAF stated they’d construct up capabilities to safeguard in opposition to international actors that posed cyber threats to Singapore’s nationwide safety.