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SUTD, ST Electronics to launch S$44.3m joint cybersecurity lab

SINGAPORE — The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on Friday (May 13) inked a partnership with Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) to launch a S$44.3 million joint cybersecurity laboratory, which will be set up by August.

A S$44.3 million cyber security lab will be set up by August following the inking of a partnership between Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST-Electronics) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). From left to right: Mr Lee Fook Sun, President of ST Electronics, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, Professor Chong Tow Chong, Provost of SUTD, at the signing event and launch on May 13.  Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY

A S$44.3 million cyber security lab will be set up by August following the inking of a partnership between Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST-Electronics) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). From left to right: Mr Lee Fook Sun, President of ST Electronics, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, Professor Chong Tow Chong, Provost of SUTD, at the signing event and launch on May 13. Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY

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SINGAPORE — The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) on Friday (May 13) inked a partnership with Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) to launch a S$44.3 million joint cybersecurity laboratory, which will be set up by August.

The 400sqm lab, to be housed in the university at Changi, is expected to become a leading research centre for cybersecurity, tapping into ST Electronics’ cybersecurity expertise and industry knowledge, as well as SUTD’s research and development efforts and academic know-how.

Jointly funded by the two parties and the National Research Foundation, the lab will also be the first one to focus on cybersecurity under the Corporate Laboratory@University scheme, which supports the setting up of corporate laboratories through public-private partnerships.

It will focus on three main research areas: Cybersecurity for big data analytics (on large, diverse data sets); develop trusted monitoring and mitigation techniques; and come up with innovative methods to detect malicious insiders in an organisation, such as those who compromise users’ credentials and classified data, for example.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said at the signing ceremony that research and development into cybersecurity is critical in light of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

The lab will be able to accommodate 60 researchers, and there are plans to hire more professors in the field of cybersecurity. SUTD’s PhD students and undergraduates will also be roped in to work on the projects, while ST Electronics’ employees posted to work in the lab will have the opportunity to join the university’s graduate studies programme on cybersecurity.

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