Public officers's computers in Singapore will be blocked from accessing internet since May. (Source: channelnewsasia.com)

Singapore (VNA) – Singapore has decided to block internet access from Government computers used by public officers as from May, 2017 in an attempt to strengthen cyber security.

The country’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said on June 8 that the decision will not disrupt government operations after the local daily Straits Times reported that about 100,000 computers would be affected.

The IDA has started to separate internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public officers, and will do so for the rest of the officers over a one-year period.

The measure was said to aim at preventing cyber attacks as well as the spread of malware that might enter the government email network thought internet-enabled work stations.

The new measure will not affect administration services available online, including registering for marriage, filing complaints to the police and video consultations with doctors.

The Straits Times said public servants will still have access to the internet on their personal devices such as tablets and smart phones.

In 2014, Singapore announced that the country had strengthened IT security measures following attacks on the websites of the Prime Minister and the presidential residence.-VNA