29 March 2022

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) appoints TÜV SÜD PSB as a certification body for Cyber Essentials Mark and Cyber Trust Mark

Singapore. 29 Mar 2022, TÜV SÜD PSB, the international testing, inspection, certification, and training company with German roots, has been appointed by CSA to assess and certify organisations for the Cyber Essentials mark and Cyber Trust mark. In line with the Safer Cyberspace Masterplan released in October 2020, the two marks launched today by the CSA aim to support organisations in Singapore in implementing cybersecurity practices to protect data and reduce risks of cyber threats. 

The Cyber Essentials mark is a cybersecurity certification for enterprises that have just started their digitalisation journey. It serves to recognise that the organisation has put in place good cyber hygiene practices to protect their operations and their customers against common cyber-attacks. Whereas the Cyber Trust mark is a cybersecurity certification awarded to enterprises that have gone beyond good cyber hygiene, laying a foundation for the implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) certification in the future. It serves as a mark of distinction that the organisation has implemented good cybersecurity practices and measures commensurate with its cybersecurity risk profiles and preparedness levels.

With this appointment by the CSA, TÜV SÜD will assess applicant organisations on whether their cyber hygiene and cybersecurity practices align with the Cyber Essentials mark and Cyber Trust mark requirements, respectively. Organisations applying for the Cyber Essentials mark will be required to complete a self-declaration assessment before a desktop review by TÜV SÜD based on the CSA’s guided foundational concepts of generally acceptable cybersecurity posture in Singapore. Whereas for the Cyber Trust mark, organisations are required to implement the recommended cybersecurity practices by CSA through self-assessed risk analysis, followed by an audit conducted by TÜV SÜD. Successful applicant organisations will be awarded the respective mark to demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity, enabling them to boost confidence and inspire trust among consumers.

Mr. Richard Hong, CEO, TÜV SÜD ASEAN, said, “With accelerated digitalisation, organisations are now increasingly susceptible to cyber threats and attacks. It is imperative for businesses to have a robust security strategy in place to secure business-critical data and to reduce their risks of falling victim to cyber threats, which may result in reputational loss and financial loss among other consequences. With years of experience, domain-specific know-how and international regulatory expertise in cybersecurity and data protection, we are proud to be appointed by the CSA as one of the certification bodies to support them in their efforts to improve the cyber resilience of organisations in Singapore.”

As a leading and internationally recognised Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) organisation with over 50 years of experience in Singapore and over 150 years globally, TÜV SÜD is a trusted name in the areas of safety, security, and sustainability. Also an assessment body for the Data Protection Trustmark (DPTM) and the Data Trust Rating System (DTRS), and a third-party test lab supporting the CSA’s Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) where TÜV SÜD review smart devices based on four levels of CLS cybersecurity provisions, it will continue to work closely with organisations in integrating the latest technologies to tap into the potential of digitalisation while minimising cybersecurity risks.

Further information about the Cyber Essentials mark and Cyber Trust mark can be found below:

Press contact: Stefanie Lim

Click here to join us at our complimentary webinar on 31 March 2022, to learn more about the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Trust marks now! 

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