Singapore has taken one other step in direction of a brand new invoice that seeks to impose larger penalties on monetary establishments that undergo a safety breach on account of oversight. It additionally seems to tighten rules of digital token provider suppliers to protect against opposition to cash laundering and terrorist financing dangers.

If handed, the Monetary Companies and Markets Invoice will push the utmost penalty for every breach of the sector’s technology risk management requirements to SG$1 million ($736,791). The monetary penalty can climb additional ought to an incident affect the monetary establishment’s clients or different companions, leading to greater than a single breach of danger administration necessities.

This meant that monetary corporations might face a lot larger fines for a “critical” cyber assault or disruption to important monetary providers, throughout which a number of breaches occurred, reminiscent of an ATM community or on-line buying and selling disruption, stated Alvin Tan, Singapore’s Minister of State, Ministry of Tradition, Neighborhood and Youth, and Ministry of Commerce and Trade. 

The brand new Invoice would supply Financial Authority of Singapore (MAS) with powers to implement know-how danger administration necessities, stated Tan, who additionally sits on the board of the trade regulator. It additionally would allow MAS to make sure the “secure and sound” use of know-how to ship monetary providers and defend knowledge, he stated. 


“Monetary establishments right this moment rely closely on know-how to ship monetary providers,” the minister famous. “Nevertheless, the present most penalties that may be imposed for breaches of know-how danger administration necessities aren’t commensurate with the potential widespread affect to monetary establishments’ clients and the monetary trade that would outcome from such breaches. 

He added that the Invoice would consolidate present know-how danger administration necessities established beneath varied MAS-administered Acts, which utilized to monetary establishments or class of economic establishments. These, as an example, included the Securities and Futures Act and Insurance coverage Act. 

First read in parliament in February, the proposed Monetary Companies and Markets Invoice additionally would improve regulation of digital token providers suppliers to higher safeguard in opposition to dangers involving cash laundering and terrorist funding. 


Tan stated: “The monetary sector is dynamic and quickly evolving, pushed by innovation, digitalisation, and the design of latest services and products. The sector has remodeled considerably lately, when it comes to the varieties of transactions, and the individuals, establishments, and know-how conducting these transactions. 

“We should guarantee MAS retains abreast of those developments and equip it with the instruments to facilitate the event of those new services and products whereas managing the dangers concerned,” he stated.

He added that digital transformations might disrupt and problem present regulatory frameworks that have been designed for extra conventional types of monetary transactions and providers. Digital token providers suppliers, as an example, might simply construction their companies to evade regulation in anyone jurisdiction, since they operated primarily on-line, he stated.

Whereas these suppliers have been ruled beneath present laws no matter the place they have been established, corporations created in Singapore with out providing any digital token providers within the nation have been at the moment unregulated for the 2 key actions. Tan stated this carried dangers to Singapore’s international repute. 

The brand new Invoice would apply to all entities or people in Singapore that offered digital token providers outdoors of the nation, however created or operated their enterprise from Singapore. It could regulate such suppliers as a brand new class of economic establishments, primarily for cash laundering and terrorist financing dangers. 

Particularly, the invoice would introduce licensing necessities and regulatory powers over digital token providers suppliers, together with giving MAS the flexibility to conduct anti-money laundering inspections and supply help to native authorities. Necessities outlined within the invoice can be in sync with these stipulated within the Payment Services Act.  

Entities or people offering digital token providers inside Singapore nonetheless can be regulated beneath different present Acts. 

Tan stated the proposed Invoice not solely addressed regulatory challenges and new dangers led to by the sector’s digital transformation, but additionally ensured monetary gamers strengthened the safety and resilience of digital providers.

The rise in penalty for breaches, as an example, underscored the significance of know-how danger administration to a monetary establishment’s operations and the robustness of financial systems. He added that the quantum was established after evaluating present penalty regimes of different jurisdictions and Singapore authorities businesses.

Other than the penalties, the brand new Invoice would allow MAS to take different supervisory actions, he stated. These included requiring monetary establishments to put aside further regulatory capital till the regulator was glad that ample know-how danger management measures had been put in place to handle deficiencies, the minister stated.  

MAS in February stated it was working on a framework that will element how losses from on-line scams can be shared. Cautioning victims of on-line scams in opposition to assuming they’d have the ability to get well their losses, the regulator stated the brand new framework would define obligations of key events within the ecosystem. 

It added that each one events, together with clients and monetary establishments, had obligations to be vigilant and take precautions in opposition to scams. 

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