ISACA and CSA to Further Develop Singapore’s Cyber Security Capabilities and Workforce Skills

ISACA and CSA to Further Develop Singapore’s
Cyber Security Capabilities and Workforce Skills
Agreement aims to propel business technology professionals
and enterprise performance

Singapore (19 September 2017) — ISACA and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly enhance Singapore’s cyber security capabilities and workforce, using ISACA-developed training, assessment tools and certification. The move is part of a larger drive to develop a vibrant cyber security ecosystem, one of the four pillars in Singapore’s Cybersecurity Strategy.

The MOU, which formalizes the collaboration between the two parties through an initial three-year period, was signed during a ceremony at this year’s Singapore International Cyber Week.

“There is a strong demand for cyber security professionals; we need to grow our cyber security ecosystem in order to ride the digital wave. ISACA’s professional certifications and frameworks are well-recognized and adopted by the industry. CSA is glad to form a close collaboration with ISACA. We look forward to furthering our common interests in capability and workforce development together,” said David Koh, Chief Executive, CSA.

“As a globally recognized leader in cyber security capacity building, public policy and infrastructure, Singapore shares ISACA’s drive to build well-qualified cyber security workforces. We are proud to announce our commitment through this partnership with CSA,” said Theresa Grafenstine, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CPA, CISSP, CIA, CGMA, CGAP, ISACA Board Chair, and inspector-general of the U.S. House of Representatives, USA.

Around workforce development, both parties will cooperate to bolster professional knowledge and performance in governance, risk and compliance roles and strengthen cyber security content and practice-sharing platforms in Singapore and beyond. The MOU would also take into consideration technology developments such as Internet of Things (IOT), Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

“There is significant opportunity in this partnership to develop credentials, content, and resources that address risk management and assessment for ICS and SCADA, as well as rapidly emerging technology such as IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Meeting these challenges is key to the success of the ISACA-CSA partnership,” said Matt Loeb, ISACA CEO and Board Director.

With a focus on serving enterprises, ISACA and CSA plan to partner on opportunities related to a cyber security readiness and risk-based assessment based onCapability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)which is planned for availability in Singapore. The CMMI, from ISACA Enterprises subsidiary CMMI, is a globally adopted capability improvement framework that measures the process maturity and people capabilities within organizations, guiding leadership to higher-performance operations and business results.

“By engaging with CSA, we can grow the cyber security workforce through practical skills acquisition and by upskilling, leveraging ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) Training Platform, CSX and other elements of ISACA’s portfolio. Organizations will benefit from the forthcoming CMMI cyber security assessment model. ISACA’s professional community in the region also will be essential to advancing the relationship,” added Leonard Ong, ISACA Board Director.


Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China.

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