On 19 April, Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) announced key collaborations with local and overseas governments to strengthen their national cyber security capabilities and counter cyber threats. This will build on ST Electronics’ comprehensive capabilities and deep expertise in cyber security.

Strengthening Sri Lanka’s Digital Infrastracture

ST Electronics has signed a contract with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) to provide consultancy services for the implementation of Sri Lanka’s first National Cyber Security Operations Centre (SOC), and release of its vision of creating a digitally empowered and secure nation.

President of ST Electronics Ravinder Singh said: "This marks a major milestone for our cyber security global business as we continue to expand our footprint overseas.

"Having built four major Cyber SOCs for customers, including government and commercial organisations, we are well-equipped with knowledge and extensive experience to protect critical information infrastructures.

"We are skilled in managing the technical intricacies and operational challenges of SOCs, and are committed to support Sri Lanka in its effort to develop a safe and secure digital infrastructure."

In addition to the design and implementation strategy for the National SOC, ST Electronics will also provide training and conduct awareness programmes to strengthen the cyber readiness of Sri Lanka’s digital team and other key partners such as the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team/Coordination Centre (CERT/CC)

Managing director and chief executive officer of ICTA Muhunthan Canagey commented: "As a nation aiming at digitising the economy in order to provide dividends to all citizens in a digitally inclusive society, developing secure and reliable digital infrastructure has been identified as one of the key elements articulated by the government.

"Implementation of the National SOC is an initiative implemented by the ICTA. As a strategic approach, a project consultancy firm has been hired. We are confident that ST Electronics will fully contribute with its extensive domain knowledge and expertise to make this a reality."

Reskilling and Upskilling of Cyber Defenders

As enterprises and government organisations are increasingly faced with fast-evolving cyber threats, ST Electronics has intensified efforts to deepen and widen the professional capabilities required to secure and protect digital assets.

In March, ST Electronics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Headquarters Signals and Command Systems to strengthen the SAF’s training for cyber defence, which includes the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training institute for cyber defence, and Nanyang Polytechnic.

The tripartite partnership will focus on provision of internationally accredited specialised courses, which are in line with industry benchmarks, while it will also look at the co-development of customised cyber defence curriculum, industrial attachments, and collaborative research and development.

The partnership will also pay attention to the development of a professional network and will facilitate information sharing.

Customised cyber security training is offered through the ST Electronics Cyber Security Centre and will help to develop and hone the competencies of new entrants and seasoned professionals

Backed by more than 30 years of experience in helping government and businesses secure their information infrastructure, ST Electronics is ideally positioned to empower businesses with next-generation cyber security solutions that secure and strengthen their cyber environment.