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KPMG sets up cyber security defence centre in Singapore

T.C. Seow | Jan. 16, 2014
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, KPMG in Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to help companies here strengthen cyber defence

Need to update your IT staff on cybersecurity matters or just to attend a refresher course? Now companies in Singapore can go to a new centre where they can get trained to upgrade their cyber defence capabilities.

Set up by KPMG in Singapore with the support of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the KPMG Cyber Security Centre (CSC) hopes to empower companies with the means to take charge of their own cyber defence.

The KPMG Cyber Security Centre (CSC) in Singapore serves as a competency development centre and testbed for next-generation cyber security projects to develop cyber threat detection and incident response expertise and intellectual properties.

The centre will initially offer a six-month capability development programme to qualifying companies for their cyber security professionals. The programme will address three key areas:

  • Training participants in implementing enterprise frameworks and architectures for detecting cyber threats and preparing a robust incident response
  • Helping participants in acquiring expertise in discovering, analysing, containing and eradicating malware threats
  • Developing enterprise security intelligence capabilities for situation awareness and defence against cyber attacks.

Besides formal lessons, the centre will also enable participants to test their skills through cyber war gaming exercises. These will take place at the Singapore Polytechnic's (SP) Cyber Wargame Centre, with whom KPMG has recently concluded another agreement for this training.

The Cyber Wargame Centre at SP is equipped with a Cyber Range that is able to simulate large-scale cyber-attacks and the latest threats in as realistic a manner as possible, according to the polytechnic.

Post-training, learning can continue as participant companies have the option of working with KPMG in the development and implementation of cyber defence proof-of concept in their own companies.

Through the capability development programme, participants from the user enterprises will embark on cyber security projects together with KPMG cyber security specialists and solution vendors to develop proof-of-concept (POC) frameworks and solution architecture addressing specific problem areas. They will also learn to customise and implement the POC in their own specific user enterprise environment; and identify successful and commercially viable POC for further development.

Recruitment for the first batch of participants in the six-month programme begins this month. For more information, write to


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