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Cybersecurity training centre opens in Singapore

27/04/2016 by Sharon Shahzad


A new cybersecurity training centre has opened in Singapore with the aim of boosting the skills of employees and providing a place for companies to evaluate the security of their systems. Launched by Singapore telco (SingTel), the facility is over 10,000 square feet and provides customised educational programmes. It comes as Forbes suggests there is a major shortfall of skilled and qualified cybersecurity experts around the world, making the increasing threat of cybercrime all the more worrisome.

Opened on Tuesday 26th April, the SingTel Cyber Security Institute offers skills development and bespoke training schemes for enterprise clients who want to bolster the security of their business. The current training modules cater to a variety of skills and executives, including operational, technological and c-suite management professionals. Whilst members of ops staff can get defence and response capability training, C-level staff will be taught about risk management, cyberthreat awareness and crisis communications readiness. It means that various levels of staff can be trained in cyberattack awareness and prepare for the worst circumstances.

SingTel Chief Executive Officer Bill Chang said: “Based on our engagements with companies in Singapore, more than 85 per cent do not have robust cyber response plans or the opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test and sharpen such plans.” Chang explained that a “severe global shortfall” of experts trained in cybersecurity is exacerbating the lack of readiness, with some one million people needing to be trained to meet current demands. “Cybersecurity 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.”

One of the things the new SingTel facility can do is simulate a cybersecurity attack and, as part of the process, test an enterprise’s defence strategies. This would highlight any vulnerabilities so that firms can take action to close any chinks in their armour. Data on the latest cyberthreats would be used to replicate real-time risks as much as possible.

SingTel will also be working with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), a local industry regulator. The partnership will ensure that ICT professionals are trained in cybersecurity, whilst helping to beef up the skills of current industry workers. The ongoing plan will be part of Singapore’s Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) scheme, formerly announced in 2015.

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