Singapore’s National Cyber Security Authority has said it will allow the government to deploy its own cyber security teams to investigate potential cyber attacks and other crimes.
The authority will provide an opportunity for foreign governments to visit Singapore for security reviews, according to the Cisa website.
In a statement, the authority said it would “provide the necessary technical and legal assistance to foreign government representatives, government agencies and industry for cyber security investigations”.
The statement added that Singapore “will continue to collaborate with other jurisdictions to assist them in the development of effective cyber security policies”.
The CISA hearing is scheduled to begin on Thursday at 11am (AEDT).
The hearing has been delayed a number of times and it is expected to be the first time foreign government officials will testify before a Singapore court about their concerns about the country’s security.
The issue of whether foreign governments will be able to visit the island city has become a key topic for Singapore’s opposition, which wants to see foreign government investigations halted.
Singapore, a city of just over 50,000 people, has one of the most stringent security requirements in the world, according the Ciba Foundation.
Its foreign affairs minister, David Lee, last year urged the government “to provide a robust, timely and thorough investigation to determine whether there are any other possible risks to Singapore’s national security”.
He told the Financial Times newspaper that he expected the hearings would “give Singaporeers an opportunity to provide their own views and comments to the government and to the court”.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, the government sought to reassure citizens that Singapore would not be targeted.
However, the public backlash against the government over the attacks prompted the government last year to revise its security plan.
Since then, the country has also faced the threat of cyber attacks from other countries.
Last year, Singapore’s spy chief, Lee Hsien Loong, said the government was “very concerned about the possible impact of China’s cyber attacks” on the country.