(From left to right) David DeWalt, CEO and Board Chairman of FireEye; Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information; Chua Sock Koong, CEO of SIngtel; and Bill Chang, Singtel's CEO of Group Enterprise at the launch ceremony of Advanced Security Operations Centre in Singapore.
In October last year, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) had inked a five-year agreement with network security provider FireEye to enhance the cyber security eco-system in Asia Pacific (APAC).
As part of this partnership, the two entities had committed to investing up to US$50 million (S$67.7 million) to set up and jointly operate the new Advanced Security Operation Centres (ASOCs) in Singapore.
This will be in addition to the existing network of ASOCs - two in the United States and one in Ireland. Another ASOC will also be set up in Sydney, Australia, which is slated to be fully operational by next month.
Housed within the Singtel headquarters in Singapore, the new Singtel-FireEye ASOC aims to provide their customers with continuous capability to detect, protect and respond to cyber threats on a round-the-clock basis.
According to a joint media statement, the ASOC is the first facility of its kind to be integrated into Singtel's existing network operations centre to provide end-to-end visibility of Internet traffic, corporate networks and user end-points, enabling swifter response to security incidents.
The centre will also connect to FireEye's global network of ASOCs and have access to FireEye Dynamic Threat Intelligence (DTI) network, which provides a platform for real-time exchange of threat data. This provides enterprises with the latest intelligence on cyber attacks and enables FireEye to proactively recognise new threats and block attacks.
In addition, the partnership will also yield the Singtel Managed Defence powered by FireEye solution, which aims to significantly shorten the time required to detect and resolve breaches, from the current median period of 205 days to just days, or even hours. This will greatly reduce the organisations' exposure to malicious activity by attackers who have penetrated their systems.
A key part of the cyber security landscape
At the launch ceremony held earlier today, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, said that operations centres such as this Singtel-FireEye collaboration are a key part of the cyber security landscape.
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