New Multi-Million Dollar Cybersecurity Laboratory Unveiled at The National University of Singapore
By Robert Foster
A new state-of-the-art cybersecurity research and development laboratory opened at the National University of Singapore. This $8.4 million dollar facility, the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory, will provide a “realistic” atmosphere where intellectuals and major industry players can develop and test products that can be used to defeat online attackers and terrorism.
Singapore’s National Research Foundation stated that the laboratory’s development was funded by a variety of government agencies under the Singapore’s cybersecurity R&D program. It will be hosted by the university’s computing school and will be open to students as well as researchers.
The facility’s main goal is to build up knowledge and expertise in the field of cybersecurity, focusing on the study of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The quick-changing threats of cybercrimes requires realistic and adaptable tests and solutions to prevent organizations from falling victim to attack.
Dean Kankanhalli of the School of Computing stated, “The National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory provides a ready to use, large-scale platform on which cybersecurity technologies and solutions can be simulated and tested in realistic environments. This would otherwise be very costly and challenging to achieve.”
He further stated, “Cybersecurity threats are becoming increasingly complex and multi-faceted. It is therefore crucial to safeguard our infrastructure, networks and data as we strive towards building a smart nation.”
This facility has the capability to simulate a large-scale attack that would affect over 1,000 computers simultaneously. While this is quite a feat, the university hopes to triple the scope of the laboratory by the end of 2017.