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SIM inks proposed collaboration to raise cybersecurity capabilities in Singapore

14 Nov 2019

At a time of heightened global concern over cybersecurity, SIM has inked a proposed collaboration with Rajah & Tann Technologies (RTT) and leading Finnish institutions, JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK), and Jyvaskyla Technology Group (JTG – JAMK’s sole and exclusive Singapore-based partner), to help build capacities and capabilities for addressing cybersecurity risks in Singapore.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on 14 November, the partners will explore both the provision of sophisticated cybersecurity simulation services to businesses and companies as well as the offering of higher education programmes and training to boost the knowledge and competencies of cybersecurity professionals.  SIM will also explore introducing degree programmes and professional training to elevate the standard of cybersecurity expertise.

The collaboration comes in the wake of several high-profile cyber-attacks in Singapore, highlighting the need for organisations to remain vigilant and strengthen their cybersecurity defences to combat increasingly targeted and sophisticated threats.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Seah Chin Siong, SIM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The proposed collaboration is significant in that it offers a holistic approach to addressing increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats. Besides the technical and practical aspects of helping companies bolster their security, it is critical that we build and maintain a constant pipeline of cybersecurity talent through education and training. Finland is a reputed pioneer in both the education and innovation of smart technologies, particularly in information and cyber security. We are very proud to be partnering its leading institutions, JAMK and JTG in this important initiative.”

The Finnish university JAMK besides being known for its state-of-the-art academic programmes in the field, also operates Finland’s National Cyber Range through its cybersecurity research, development, and training center -  Jyväskylä Security Technology. It is well known for its cyber exercises which help organisations to integrate people, processes and technology to protect their critical information, services and assets. These exercises take place in JAMK’s Realistic Global Cyber Environment, a next-generation, hyper-realistic live cyber range environment where cyberattacks are simulated.

Her Excellency Katri Kulmuni, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Finland, was the Guest-of-Honour at the MOU signing. The event was also attended by His Excellency Antti Vanska, Ambassador of Finland to Singapore; representatives from the Embassy of Finland; and senior management from RTT, JAMK and JTG.

From L – R: Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, SIM; Mr Seah Chin Siong, President and Chief Executive Officer, SIM;
H.E. Katri Kulmuni, Minister for Economic Affairs, Republic of Finland; Mr Mika Karjalainen, Director, JAMK University of Applied Sciences; H.E. Antti Vanska, Ambassador of Finland to Singapore; Mr Neo Beng Tong, Chief Executive Officer, Jyvaskyla Technology Group; Mr Patrick Ang, Managing Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore and Mr Steve Tan, Director, Rajah & Tann Technologies.

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