Key research themes of the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab
Over the next five years, the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Lab will work towards developing enabling technologies and prototypes under four research themes:
1. Network, data and cloud Security
Efforts under this research theme will focus on the common objective of facilitating secure sharing of information and resources via security services.
NUS will contribute expertise in computer network design, database systems and data privacy techniques, including new cryptographic mechanisms. The aim is to create new services that will allow secured communication and storage od private, sensitive data in the cloud.
Singtel will integrate advanced technology with its Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities to have greater situational awareness of devices and networks. This will allow Singtel to detect and mitigate cyber attacks and roll out cyber security services in a more flexible and scalable manner.
2. Predictive security analytics
Research under this theme will involve developing technologies to automate and update organisations' predictive capabilities. This is to help them to detect potential network and software threats early, through analysis of a variety of data streams.
NUS will contribute expertise in machine learning, software security, human behaviours modeling and network domain knowledge. The aim is to create advanced techniques and tools to enable IT systems to detect threats and abnormal activities accurately and in real-time.
With predictive security analytics, Singtel Managed Security Services can receive timely intelligence. This allows its security professionals to quickly take pre-emptive action to thwart impeding cyber threats.
In addition, enterprises and government agencies will have access to relevant data and information to help tem make more informed decisions.
3. Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
This research theme aims to develop a security platform that allows service providers to monitor, detect and mitigate threats and unusual cyber activities.
NUS will contribute expertise in developing security solutions for cyber-physical systems to develop future services. For example, immunity platofrms for next-generation defence and protection for IoT devices and ICS.
Singtel will use advanced machine learning, mathematical models and telemetry data collected to develop predictive threat analysis and intelligence. This would allow Singtel to predict, discover and identify abnormal security activities before they happen.
4. Future-ready cyber security systems
Under this theme, researchers will look into the implementation of quantum technology for communication and security. They will use the quantum properties of light particles to facilitate the secure exchange of digital information in future quantum computers and networks.
NUS will provide expertise in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), or quantum cryptography, as well as in the design and implementation of quantum-based computation and communication infrastructures.
Singtell will use QKD to deliver encrypted information over its dark/optical fibre network to provide secure communications between senders and intended recipients.
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