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ST Electronics and SUTD open a S$44.3 million cyber security laboratory in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | May 16, 2016
The facility aims to develop the next generation security solutions and increase Singapore’s cybersecurity talent pool.

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have jointly launched a Cyber Security Laboratory.

The S$44.3 million joint laboratory will leverage ST Electronics' in-depth cyber security expertise and industry knowledge, and SUTD's academic know-how and multi-disciplinary effort in research and development.

It will identify current and future cyber solutions required by the industry, develop cutting-edge technologies, provide proof of concepts and testbeds for the next generation of cyber security products and solutions.

This will support the effective translation of research into solutions that have direct relevance in addressing Singapore's national needs and meeting global challenges.

It is also hoped that the collaboration will build indigenous capability in cyber security in Singapore by creating a platform for professors and students to conduct research and development, and providing future career opportunities in this niche specialty.

"The joint corporate laboratory will not only enable us to testbed diverse cyber attacks in 'real world' environments and design innovative cyber security solutions, but also provide relevant training that will boost Singapore's pool of cyber security talents - a multi-pronged approach to boost our society's cyber security capabilities through design, technology and education," said Professor Thomas Magnanti, President, SUTD.

Lee Fook Sun, Deputy CEO & President, Defence Business of ST Engineering and President of ST Electronics, added: "The ST Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Laboratory brings together Singapore's expert cyber security capabilities under one roof. We have a shared vision of accelerating the pace of development of innovative indigenous technologies that have cross-sector applications which address current as well as future cyber security challenges."

For a start, the main research and development areas of the ST Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Laboratory will include three innovation areas. Thy are: cyber security big-data analytics; developing trusted monitoring and mitigating techniques; and developing innovative methods for detecting malicious and deceived insiders in an organisation.

The joint laboratory is located at the new state-of-the-art SUTD campus at Changi, occupying 400 square metre of research and office space. At full-capacity, the laboratory will have around 60 cyber security researchers from SUTD and ST Electronics.

The laboratory is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme, which supports the setting up of key corporate laboratories via public-private partnerships.

Further efforts to bolster cyber security in Singapore
In addition to the joint laboratory, ST Electronics also supports the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme.

Led by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), the programme trains fresh and up-skills mid-career ICT individuals to attain the necessary practical skills needed for cyber security roles and positions.


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