Singtel opens unique cyber-security institute in Asia-Pacific

The new facility will be able to simulate cyber-security attacks and test organisation's vulnerabilities.
The new facility will be able to simulate cyber-security attacks and test organisation's vulnerabilities.

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has opened a new facility to help enterprises enhance cyber-security skills and test their networks in dealing with cyber-threats.

The training modules offered at the Singtel Cyber-security Institute (CSI) will cater to a range of executives and skills such as c-suite managers and operational pros. Boards and C-suite level participants will be trained in cyber-threat awareness, risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications preparedness. Operations and technology teams will be trained in defence and response capabilities to strengthen their skills.

The new facility will be able to simulate cyber-security attacks and test organisation's vulnerabilities, defence and response capabilities to threats and unlike other facilities, it will replicate the company's operating environment and the latest range of cyber-threats. An extensive library of viruses and malware can be used to simulate attacks.

“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,” said Bill Chang, Singtel group enterprise CEO. “This lack of cyber preparedness is worsened by the severe global shortfall of trained cyber-security experts, which Forbes puts at some one million in 2016.”

Singtel will also work with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore on the Cyber-security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) programme to train infocomm pros in cyber-security. 

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