Minister for Communications and Information and
Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, presented Singapore’s
inaugural Cybersecurity Awards yesterday night. Six individuals and
organisations were recognised for their outstanding achievements and
contributions to Singapore’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
The Cybersecurity Awards were
launched last year at the Singapore International Cyber Week. The awards
are organised by the Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP),
and supported by Cybersecurity Agency (CSA)
and six other professional and industry associations- Singapore Computer
Society (SCS), Singapore
Infocommm Technology Federation (SiTF), the
International Information System
Security Certification Consortium, Information Systems Audit and Control
Cloud Security Alliance, Law Society and the IT Service Management Forum.
In the “Professionals” Category, Professor Yu Chien Siang received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition
of his exceptional leadership, commitment and contributions to the cybersecurity
ecosystem spanning decades. Professor Yu Chien Siang has 37 years of experience
in the cybersecurity field and is currently Senior Vice President and Chief
Innovation Officer of Quann Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Quann, Prof Yu
worked in the Civil Service for 33 years where he developed Singapore’s first
secure email system and PC security system, and pioneered the implementation of
public key systems for the Singapore Government.
The Leader Award was
awarded to Dr Lim Woo Lip, Vice President of SmartHub and Cyber Security at StarHub, to
recognise his strong leadership and his distinguished contributions to the
profession and the wider local ecosystem over the past 30 years. Dr. Lim has
been instrumental in developing an integrated, national level cyber defence
Dr Lim established the StarHub Cyber Security Centre of
Excellence to support Singapore’s cybersecurity ecosystem development and boost
the talent pipeline. The Centre of Excellence has brought together world-renowned
cybersecurity companies and local institutes of higher learning to jointly
develop Singapore’s cybersecurity capabilities and talents.
Mr Emil Tan received
the Professional Award to
recognise his pro-active role in bringing the local cybersecurity community
together, as well as driving efforts to raise cybersecurity awareness and
profiling Singapore in the global cybersecurity field. Mr Tan leads Edgis and Null (Singapore Chapter), which are
cybersecurity communities of practice. These groups have engaged in responsible
disclosure with public agencies and organised events to raise cybersecurity
awareness for the general public.
Mr Tan also contributes actively to the Cyber Security
Awareness Alliance of Singapore which promotes and enhances adoption and awareness
of essential cybersecurity practices for businesses and the public.
The MNC Award was
presented to EMC Computer Systems
(South Asia), a leading global provider of business-driven security
solutions that helps enterprises enhance their security readiness and posture through
its RSA Security Services.
The press release states that EMC has contributed
significantly above and beyond its core business to strengthen Singapore’s
cybersecurity capabilities and spearheads wide-reaching and diverse initiatives
which have benefitted the ecosystem and society.
Custodio Technologies Pte Ltd, an SME
that develops early warning technology for cyber threats, received the SME Award. Custodio has brought cyber
research and development (R&D) best practices and know-how established in
Israel to Singapore, while grooming local talent to research and develop
innovative home-grown cyber technologies for commercialisation.
The Student Award was
awarded to Mr Jeremy Heng, a
third-year year Information Security undergraduate at the National University
of Singapore (NUS) and Vice President of the NUS Greyhats, a cybersecurity
special interest group. Mr Heng was ranked in the top position in the Singapore
Cyber Conquest for both 2016 and 2017 and he came in second for the ASEAN
Cyber SEA Games 2017.
President of AiSP, Dr
Steven Wong, said, “I am delighted to say that this Cybersecurity Awards
and Gala Dinner is the fruit which could materialise only because of the strong
collaborations within a closely-knit cybersecurity community in Singapore.
Moving forward, AiSP will continue to encourage, foster and facilitate more of
such public-private-academia partnerships, both locally as well as globally, in
order for us to work together with everyone to fulfil our mission to Advance,
Connect and Excel (or in short, ACE) the cybersecurity profession and
professionals in Singapore.”
Developing talent and
keeping professional standards at par with international benchmarks
In his speech at the award ceremony, Minister Ibrahim said
that these are early days and Singapore’s cybersecurity sector has the
potential to exceed S$1 billion by 2020. He highlighted the Cybersecurity
Associates and Technologists (CSAT) programme set up by CSA and the Infocomm
Media Development Authority (IMDA) as an example of the government’s
collaborative efforts with the industry to enhance cybersecurity professionals’
skillsets. He added that CSA will work with AiSP on the Student Volunteers
Recognition Programme to encourage students from Institutes of Higher Learning
to actively volunteer and promote cybersecurity in schools and companies.
“Even as we invest in our talent, we have to ensure that
professional standards are current and on par with international benchmarks.
Our cybersecurity professionals must be globally competitive in this
increasingly interconnected global economy. Raising our standards will put
Singapore in a stronger position to capitalise on not just local, but global
opportunities in cybersecurity,” Minister Ibrahim said.
CSA is working with AiSP and other professional bodies to
ensure that Singapore’s cybersecurity degree programmes are comparable with
other international cybersecurity degree programmes. The existing programmes
such as CSAT and CSA
Academy are evaluated against the Cybersecurity Track of the ICT Skills
Framework, which has been developed referencing internationally recognised
AiSP is also developing a Cybersecurity Common Body of
Knowledge, in collaboration with, and taking reference from similar efforts
around the world. AISP will also work on cross recognition of the Cybersecurity
Common Body of Knowledge with other associations in the UK, US and Australia.
CSA and AiSP will also assess how other academic programmes,
training courses and professional certifications are aligned to the
Cybersecurity Common Body of Knowledge, allowing students and professionals in
Singapore to be trained in accordance with global standards, giving them a
In addition, AiSP is collaborating with international professional
bodies like the Institute of Information Security Professionals in UK and the
Australian Computer Society for mutual recognition of members and skills.