Singapore university partners Singtel to launch $30M cybersecurity lab

October 24, 2016

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has joined hands with local carrier Singtel to jointly research and develop cybersecurity tools via a new facility.

Called the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory, the S$42.8 million (US$30.8 million) facility was located at the NUS School of Computing and supported by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

The lab would aim to establish data analytics techniques to enable IT service providers to better detect and respond to cybersecurity attacks in real-time as well as new approaches to deploy IT system based on a “secure by design” concept.

NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Cybersecurity is absolutely crucial as Singapore strives to become a smart nation powered by big data and ICT technologies. NUS has identified cybersecurity as a strategic research area that has strong potential for high impact technology translation and partnership with industry.”

Tan added that the lab would further support the university in training more students in the cybersecurity realm.

Singtel CEO of group enterprise Bill Chang noted that enterprises today were constantly challenged by rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Next-generation technologies and tools were necessary to improve capabilities and better safeguard enterprises and governments amid this landscape, Chang said.

NRF CEO Low Teck Seng added that the partnership would allow NUS researchers to work alongside Singtel and help drive cybersecurity research towards commercial deployment across Singapore.

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