The Data Protection Essentials (DPE) programme supports Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs*) in acquiring a basic level of data protection and security practices to protect their customers’ personal data and recover quickly in the event of a data breach.
* SMEs are businesses (a) registered and operating in Singapore; and (b) have group annual sales turnover of not more than S$100 million per annum, or group employment size of not more than 200 employees.
What does it entail?
DPE consists of 2 products which SMEs can use to manage data protection risks:
|Newly incorporated SMEs||SMEs that collect and use personal data more intensively|
|FOUNDATIONAL SECURITY SOLUTIONS||HOLISTIC ONE–STOP PROFESSIONAL SERVICE|
Benefits of implementing one-stop professional service
SMEs who successfully implemented the holistic one-stop professional service and signed a minimum 1-year retainer will be Listed on IMDA’s website (143.08KB) and awarded the DPE logo (terms and conditions apply (244.44KB)) as a recognition of their efforts to put in place baseline data protection standard.
In the event of a data breach, the PDPC may consider a SME’s implementation of the DPE as a mitigating factor.
Sign Up Now!
SMEs can sign up for the foundational encryption and backup solutions (under Cybersecurity category) through the following Start Digital partners:
|Singtel||Business Protect Basic + Acronis Cloud Back Up|
One-stop Professional Service
The cost of professional service to implement baseline data protection standard starts from $2,500 for one-time setup. The retainer service cost will be advised by the service providers. SMEs can sign up with the following service providers.
Non-profit organisation (NPO, e.g. social service agency, charity, association) registered and operating in Singapore are welcomed to adopt.
|DPE Service Providers*||Contact Person
|CyberSafe Pte Ltd
||Dave Gurbani||8725 email@example.com|
|Greenwich Management Consultancy Pte Ltd
||Michelle Chew||9876 firstname.lastname@example.org
|PDataCare Consultancy Pte Ltd
||Gn Chiang Soon||9616 email@example.com|
||Hoi Wai Khin||9450 firstname.lastname@example.org
|TRS Forensics Pte Ltd||Tan Swee Wan||9755 email@example.com
For information on how to be a DPE Service Provider, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A fixed grant amount of $1,600 is available for eligible SMEs that successfully implemented the DPE one-stop professional service. APPLY NOW before it ends on 31 March 2023. Conditions of grant apply.
Download the DPE information kit (422.03KB) for more details on DPE programme and the grants/claims process.
The following entities do not qualify for this grant support:
Need help on your Digitalisation Journey?
You can seek advice from CTO-as-a-Service for recommended DPE solutions and professional services.
You can also use CTO-as-a-Service to self-assess your digital readiness and access other supported solutions and resources to help you go digital, such as digital consultants for advisory and project management services.
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What's next for SMEs?
SMEs can strive towards getting the Data Protection Trustmark (DPTM) certification as they increase usage of data, as part of their data protection journey. The DPTM would help SMEs that are looking to build their brand with a third-party validation of their data protection regime which strengthens customer trust and increases their competitive edge. For more information about the DPTM, visit www.imda.gov.sg/dptm.
For queries, please email to email@example.com or call 6377 3800.