NEC opens a Cyber Security Factory in Singapore

January 27th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
NEC opens a Cyber Security Factory in Singapore

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NEC Corporation has opened what it calls a Cyber Security Factory in Singapore to provide timely intelligence on cyber threats and deliver round-the-clock security to customers seeking to strengthen their defences against the latest online attacks.

The new centre builds on the company’s first such Cyber Security Factory in Japan, which has been providing network and website surveillance, forensics for investigating malware and hands-on training for security professionals.

NEC, which provides a wide range of IT and network technologies, also offers public safety solutions to governments around the world in the areas of cyber security, immigration control, law enforcement and others.

In 2012, the Japanese company had worked with Interpol to set up a Digital Crime Centre within the international police organisation’s Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.

The new Cyber Security Factory will bring more expertise to these shores, while also training up professionals to better prepare for online attacks.

“The launch is a timely addition to our suite of public safety solutions, which have been chosen by governments and enterprises to safeguard citizens and their properties more effectively to create safer cities and societies,” said Tan Boon Chin, managing director for NEC’s Global Safety Division.

The new centre comes at a time when Singapore is also upping its efforts in countering threats from cyberspace.

Last year, the Cyber Security Agency was set up by the government to combat cyber threats as well as carry out cyber security operations and outreach. Its importance had been highlighted in high-profile attacks overseas as well as breaches in e-government systems in 2014.

“Facilities such as the Cyber Security Factory will go a long way in helping businesses better manage cyber security challenges,” said David Koh, chief executive of the Cyber Security Agency, at the launch of the NEC facility yesterday.

“We hope it will inspire more companies to do the same to enhance the cyber security landscape,” he added.

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