EY launched today a new Centre of Excellence, called the EY Asean Cyber Security Centre for Government and Public Sector, at the EY-SUTD Operational Technology Cyber Security Conference in Singapore.
According to a media statement, the centre's mandate is to assist national agencies and operators of critical infrastructure (CI) with their resilience against cyber attacks and malicious service takedowns.
Led by Gerry Chng, EY's Asean Cyber Security Leader and Steve Lam, EY's Advanced Security Center Leader in Asean, the new centre offers services in CI protection strategy development, operational technology consulting, third-generation security operations centre development and cyber analytics.
CI, such as those supporting power and utilities and transport networks, is a key component of national security, stability and economic growth. A security threat to CI can be a national and public crisis and with cyber risks and security threats becoming increasingly prominent in today's environment, protecting and securing our CI is even more vital.
"With the increased cyber risks and real exposures in the CI environment, it is essential that governments and enterprises identify and address these risks. EY's investment in establishing the new Center of Excellence in Singapore provides the country access to world class talent, and is a testament to Singapore's leading position in managing cyber risks," said Paul O'Rourke, EY's Asia-Pacific Cyber Security Leader.
In terms of expansion, EY expects the headcount for the new centre to grow to 30 CI professionals over the next two years.
"Cyber criminals today are more sophisticated than before. More than just stealing personal information of individuals or targeting financial organisations, we are seeing cyber criminals trying to gain access to government and public sector systems, which pose a significant threat to national security," said Mildred Tan, EY's Asean Government and Public Sector Leader.
"We all have a shared responsibility to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. This will require proactive vigilance and coordinated efforts from both the public and private sectors. Individuals must also embrace cyber hygiene and be more conscious of securing personal information - because Singapore's cybersecurity will only be as strong as the weakest link in our entire economic infrastructure and ecosystem," she added.
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