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Singapore Government to cut off internet access on official devices by May 2017

In a recent internal communique to civil servants, the Singapore Government has indicated its intention to cut off internet access on government-issued devices including laptops and PCs by May 2017.
 
This is a hard decision made after much deliberation by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to ensure that sensitive government data remains safe from hackers.  
 
The gradual separation of internet surfing from all official devices is still in its early stages. And there are about 143,000 staffers working for the Singapore Public Service based on an earlier estimate by the Ministry of Finance.
 
Civil servants will still be able to surf the internet from dedicated terminals for web browsing and also on their personal devices.
 
Official devices will have no access to the internet for browsing but will be able to send and receive emails by the middle of next year.
 
This segregation exercise will remove the chances of many common exploits via the http protocol, and the likes of javascript and flash, embedded as extensions in web browsers.
 
However, the government's email system remains connected, perhaps as a delicate dance between complete isolation and expediency.
 
Singapore government cuts off internet access on all devices by May2017
 

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