Internet via SatteliteVery small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems might be a relevant solution for enhancing cybersecurity among Singaporean companies, particularly in the healthcare sector.

The government recently provided several recommendations on beefing up digital security, following the SingHealth cyberattack. If you are unsure whether VSAT is a good choice, then learning a few things about the system should help you make a decision.

Benefits of Using Satellite Internet

VSATs simply comprise a compact satellite dish and electronic hardware equipment, which could be a personal computer, telephone or PBX system. Installation is quick and easy, which only requires a technician to place the compact dish outside with a clear view of the sky. When choosing a service provider, the best choice would have to come from a telecommunications company that has a portfolio of services from VSAT systems to data solutions.

Unlike DSL or cable connections, satellite Internet lets you have 24/7 connection. At the same time, any issues such as intermittent or slow speeds are rare for satellite connections. It is also more flexible and less expensive compared to land-based networks, especially if you need to provide connections over a wide area. With satellite connections, a signal can reach you no matter where you are.

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Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals

Aside from investing in modern solutions, a competent IT workforce should also be part of your cybersecurity plan in the near future. By 2020, some experts believe that Singapore needs around 3,400 additional cybersecurity workers to meet the growing demand for safer networks. The demand is not exclusive to the healthcare industry, as companies in banking, financing and even multinational companies will be in a rush to fill vacancies.

The problem, however, lies in the shortage of professionals with the right skills. Not all IT professionals meet an employer’s desired credentials for a cybersecurity role. This leads some companies to pay above-average compensation for qualified candidates, which are relatively few at the moment. A solution would involve training in-house employees to become experts, but they should first implement a stricter policy on cybersecurity.

Government’s Recommendations on Better Security

Kwek Mean Luck, Solicitor-General for Singapore’s healthcare industry, advised public institutions and the Integrated Health Information Services to be more vigilant on monitoring administrator accounts. This is part of Kwek’s recommendations to improve the industry’s preventive measures against online threats.

The SingHealth cyberattack triggered the recommendations after hackers stole personal details of 1.5 million people in the country. Among the confidential data included outpatient medical records of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While human error served as a factor for the breach, several gaps in SingHealth’s IT infrastructure system also made it easier for hackers to steal sensitive information.

Cybersecurity will continue to be a key issue for both the public and private sectors in Singapore next year, so investing in new equipment and a competent workforce will be more necessary. An inefficient strategy for addressing digital threats may not only lead to business losses but also cause your stakeholders and clients to lose faith in your company.