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Cyber security lab opens in Singapore

The lab aims to come up with fresh approaches to IT systems that are ’secure by design’

L-r: Tan Chorh Chuan; Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean and Singtel CEO, Chua Sock
L-r: Tan Chorh Chuan; Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean and Singtel CEO, Chua Sock

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singtel have unveiled the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory (NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab). Its aim is to conduct research, and develop capabilities and innovative digital solutions to protect individuals, businesses and public agencies in Singapore from cyber threats.


Hosted by the NUS School of Computing, the S$42.8m lab is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Corporate [email protected] Scheme. The scheme supports the setting up of key corporate laboratories via public-private partnerships.


The new laboratory has two primary objectives. It seeks to develop novel data analytics techniques that allow IT service providers to detect and respond to security attacks as they occur in real time. Secondly, the lab intends to come up with fresh approaches to design and implement IT systems that are "secure by design", and thus able to resist a broad array of attacks.


The security lab will also conduct research in four critical areas of cyber security. These are: network, data and cloud security; predictive security analytics; Internet-of-Things and Industrial Control Systems; and future-ready cyber security systems based on quantum technology.


“Cyber security is absolutely crucial as Singapore strives to become a smart nation powered by big data and ICT technologies,” said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. “NUS has identified cyber security as a strategic research area which has strong potential for high impact technology translation, and partnership with industry. We are very excited to partner Singtel, a leader in providing infocomm products and services in Singapore and Asia.


“With the support from NRF, the NUS-SingTel Lab will develop innovative solutions that enhance the protection of critical data and information systems in Singapore and beyond. This lab will also enable NUS to attract and train more students to become cyber security professionals, which is currently a key manpower gap for Singapore,” he continued.


“Many enterprises are constantly challenged by the fast-evolving and increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber threats,” added Bill Chang, chief executive officer, group enterprise at Singtel.


“Our collaboration with NUS and NRF will enhance our ability to protect enterprises and governments by developing next generation cyber security technologies and solutions which we can quickly commercialise through our global footprint of product engineering and development centres. We also aim to attract top global talent to the Lab to groom cyber R&D professionals, and position Singapore as a strategic R&D hub for our global cyber security business.”


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