The National University of Singapore (NUS) and communications company Singtel has launched the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory (NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab).
The aim is to conduct research, and develop capabilities and innovative digital solutions to protect individuals, businesses and public agencies in Singapore from a wide range of cyber threats.
The S$42.8 million joint research laboratory is hosted by the NUS School of Computing. It is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme.
The Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme supports the setting up of key corporate laboratories via public-private partnerships. This is to help align public research to industry needs and accelerate innovations to market.
"This is an example of an NRF's funding initiative that strengthen sthe connection between the research and the industry, so that R&D capabilities in the universities can be translated into solutions that have direct relevance in addressing national and global needs," said Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer, NRF Singapore.
120 professionals to be trained at the lab over the next five years
Over the next five years, 120 cyber security professionals from the undergraduate to post-doctoral level will be trained within the lab. They will help to fill a critical manpower gap at the national level.
The lab also expects to host about 100 researchers during this period of time.
The corporate lab is well-positioned to take advantage of other cyber security-related research facilities and resources at NUS. This includes the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory, and the Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium.
Within NUS, all these cyber security initiatives collectively, make up one key pillar of the university's Smart Nation Research Cluster. This research cluster aims to help both government and industry to harness the potential of data, networks and information communications technologies (ICT) to improve the lives and businesses of Singapore and Singaporeans.
Securing the cyber space for a Smart Nation
"Cyber security is absolutely crucial as Singapore strives to become a Smart Nation powered by big data and ICT," said Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President.
These advanced technologies often have security vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit with increasing frequency and sophistication. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure the security of Singapore's key infrastructure, networks, information, websites, applications and end-user devices.
There are four key areas that the laboratory will focus on:
- Firstly, respond to cyber attacks in real-time.
Researchers will use data analytics and machine learning techniques to develop solutions. This allows information technology (IT) service providers can automatically detect and respond to cyber attacks.
- Second, defend against simultaneous cyber attacks.
Using new approaches to design and implement IT systems, our companies and security agencies can enhance existing systems to better protect critical infrastructure and networks.
- Third, provide tailored cyber protection services.
Researchers will use network economics and pricing models to develop a cost-benefit framework for protecting against cyber threats. This will help IT service providers to offer customised solutions to customers.
- Fourth, develop secure and tamper-proof encryption techniques.
Researchers will use quantum technology to develop techniques that are more cost-effective and flexible for scale-up compared to current methods.
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