Centre to provide global customer support and gather intelligence from cyber-attacks
Working with IDA on a number of initiatives, including Singapore’s security masterplan
MILPITAS, California-based cyber-security specialist FireEye Inc has set up its first Asia Pacific centre of excellence in Singapore, which would also act as its regional headquarters.
The centre was established in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), FireEye said in a statement.
The centre, the first of its kind outside the United States and Europe, seeks to grow strong manpower capabilities in the area of cyber-security to deal with the ever-growing threats and challenges in cyberspace.
The FireEye Centre of Excellence (CoE) would provide global customer support and also gather intelligence from attacks taking place in Asia and across the globe.
FireEye said it plans to hire more than 100 cyber security professionals in Singapore over the next two years to man its operations here.
“Advanced attacks are a daily routine across Asia,” said its founder, vice chairman, chief technology officer and chief strategy officer Ashar Aziz.
“To help understand the region’s unique cyber-attack tools and techniques, establishing FireEye’s Centre of Excellence in Singapore is a strategic initiative to help organisations in the region,” he added.
FireEye specialises in combating threats designed to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorised access to computer systems, using its Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine which allows for dynamic, real-time analysis of advanced malware, ‘detonating suspicious files, web objects, video and email attachments.
IDA is working with FireEye to align their training programmes on Dynamic Threat Intelligence, Detection Efficacy Analytics and Threat Response, as well as the National Infocomm Competency Framework which focuses on building emerging skillsets that are critical to the industry.
The two organisations will also work closely to build partnerships with local ICT companies. FireEye will invest in the technology and manpower resources required for its Threat Protection Platform and IDA will introduce Singaporean ICT companies to develop up to 10 cyber-security solutions on FireEye’s platform.
“Cyber security is a global concern. In recent years, cyber threats have been increasing in size, scale and sophistication,” said IDA managing director Jacqueline Poh.
“For these reasons, the National Infocomm Security Committee established a National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018 (NCSM) which aims to secure Singapore’s cyber environment and strengthen its resilience against cyber threats.
“IDA’s collaboration with FireEye seeks to do that by focusing on training cyber-security professionals and developing next generation cyber-security solutions through this Centre of Excellence,” she added.
FireEye has been ranked as the Fastest Growing Communications/Networking Company in Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500 and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 5 IPOs of 2013.
Earlier in January, it announced it had acquired privately-held Mandiant, which provides advanced endpoint security products and security incident response management solutions.
The acquisition would create the industry’s leading advanced threat protection vendor with the ability to find and stop attacks at every stage of the attack life cycle, FireEye claimed, going beyond traditional signature-based methods.
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