The Singapore government agencies, ministries and statutory boards became a laughing stock today after Straits Times reported a memo regarding the blocking of Internet access on work computer. According to the memo, all work computers of public officers will have no access to the Internet from May 2017.

This move is aimed at tightening security and preventing any potential leaks. In response to media queries, an IDA spokesperson said:

“We have started to separate Internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and will do so for the rest of the public service officers progressively over a one-year period. There are alternatives for Internet access and the work that officers need to do, does not change,”

Well, at least they can still access internet via their personal devices. Public officers who needs internet access for their work will be given separate devices for official government work and Internet access.

This is going to be quite troublesome for those public officers who job scope requires internet access. Personally I feel that there should be a balance between security and efficiency. While there is a need for strict security policies, it should not affect efficiency or hinder performance. So much for a Smart Nation.

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