Cisco has entered into a partnership with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in an effort to formalise a mutual framework for cooperation in the cyber security domain.
The partnership involves closer information sharing and capability development with this particular relationship expected to last for a period of two years.
Furthermore, past collaborations which include training initiatives under Singapore’s ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme will be enhanced.
“Singapore has benefited immensely from digital adoption,” said Tay Bee Kheng, managing director for Singapore at Cisco. “The continued advancements in technology will create even bigger opportunities for the country in the years to come.
“However, to exploit the full potential of its digital economy Singapore needs to tackle the evolving cybersecurity threat. We need the right combination of people, processes and technology to tackle the issue.
"At Cisco, we are committed to playing our part on this front and are delighted to partner with CSA in helping Singapore achieve her Smart Nation vision."
Singapore’s CSA provides oversight of the city-state’s national cyber security functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services.
Furthermore, it also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cyber security awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cyber security landscape.
Forming part of the Prime Minister’s Office the agency is managed by the ministry of communications and information.
In addition, the agency recently announced plans to establish a regional cyber security training centre with an initial investment of $30 million over a five year period, called the ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (ASCCE) and is expected to become operational in 2019.
The signing ceremony cementing this enhanced collaboration took place at Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose, California, with the agreement signed by Gabriel Lim, permanent secretary, ministry of communications and information on behalf of CSA, and Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Internet of Things Business Group.
“Cisco is a trusted name in the global cyber security industry,” said David Koh, chief executive, CSA. “We look forward to continuing our good work together to build up our cyber defences and grow the cyber security ecosystem to address cybersecurity challenges.”