Singtel today launched its Singtel Cyber Security Institute (CSI) to enhance the cyber security skills and preparedness of enterprises and governments in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
"Based on our engagements with companies in Singapore, more than 85 percent do not have robust cyber response plans nor the opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test and sharpen such plans. This lack of cyber preparedness is worsened by the severe global shortfall of trained cyber security experts, which Forbes puts at some 1 million in 2016. This is why we've stepped up to the plate. We know we have to help companies secure themselves against a potential slew of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks," said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel.
The CSI is a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute thus provides cyber skills development and education programmes for C-suite officers, as well as technology and operations personnel.
Participants in board and C-suite level will be trained in the areas of cyber threat awareness, risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications preparation; while cyber operations team will be trained in defence and response capabilities to improve their skills.
"Cyber security is no longer just a technical issue to be tackled only at the operational level. It needs to involve all levels within an organisation including boards and C-suite management, and even external stakeholders such as regulators. We hope to arm enterprises and public agencies with the necessary know-how to counter cyber threats in a holistic manner. This will help them mitigate the risks and costs associated with cyber disruptions," explained Chang.
Additionally, Singtel worked with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore on the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programmes to provide training with infocomm professionals in cybersecurity.
Under the CSAT programme, Singtel will train new infocomm technology professionals to equip them with cyber security skills. Singtel, on the other hand, offers experienced cyber security professionals an opportunity to undergo training with leading cyber security experts to sharpen their skills. Through this two-prong approach, the company hopes to build a cyber security talent pipeline to drive its initiatives on cybersecurity.
"A strong pool of cyber security talent is necessary to build a dynamic cyber security ecosystem that can support Singapore's Smart Nation journey. With the introduction of the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme and the setup of the Institute, we hope to encourage more to join the profession as well as enable cyber security professionals to hone their skills and stay a step ahead in the ever-evolving cyber security landscape," said David Koh, Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency.
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