Singapore's StarHub is placing itself at the centre of the country's battle against cyber-attacks, unveiling the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, which will serve as a hub for a new S$200 million initiative.
The telecoms firm has orchestrated a partnership between several industry players, who will work together to boost Singapore's cybersecurity capabilities, with a focus on skills development and industry collaboration.
An initial group of five industry players and four local tertiary institutions have joined the centre, StarHub revealed, including Blue Coat, Fortinet, and Wedge Networks, as well as Republic Polytechnic and Singapore University of Technology and Design.
StarHub said the aim is to train more than 300 professionals for the cybersecurity industry over the next five years. To facilitate this objective, it has set up a lab on the campus of Nanyang Polytechnic to provide hands-on training for students studying cybersecurity and forensics at the school.
The telco isn't stopping there. It also announced it is setting up a security operators centre (SOC), which will be integrated with StarHub's core infrastructure, allowing it to monitor threats all day, every day.
The facility, which was scheduled to be ready at some point in the second half of the year, will offer managed security services aimed at safeguarding industrial control systems.
The company's CEO, Tan Tong Hai, explained that telecoms firms have the ability to play a "unique role" in terms of threat detection and mitigation, as they are able to view all online traffic entering the country.
By creating the SOC, StarHub hopes to be able detect and mitigate threats at the source, before they even reach an organisation's own security system or network. The SOC will also enable it to more proactive in identifying unusual network patterns, StarHub said.