Under National Research Foundation (NRF) scheme, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singtel rolled out a joint cybersecurity laboratory to save users from security breaches.
NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory (NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab) where research will be done to develop capabilities and innovative digital solutions aims to protect individuals, businesses and public agencies in Singapore from data leaks and other online attacks.
Over next 5 years, S$43 million will be invested under NRF Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme. The focus development areas will be data analytics and machine learning for automatic cyber attack detection, and tamper-proof encryption techniques.
Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel said,
This 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 commercialize through our global footprint of product engineering and development centers. 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.
The main aim behind this new lab is to develop novel data analytics techniques that allow IT service providers to detect and respond to security attacks as they occur in real time. The lab basically intends to come up with new approaches to design and implement IT systems that are secure by design, and thus able to resist a broad array of attacks.
Over a period of five years, the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab will host research activities of more than 100 research staff from NUS and Singtel. The laboratory also expects to train some 120 new cyber security professionals from undergraduate to postdoctoral level.
Key research themes of this collaboration include – network, data and cloud security; predictive security analytics; Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS); future-ready cyber security systems.
Tan Chorh Chuan, a NUS President Professor said,
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.