ST Engineering’s electronics sector has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to co-develop new operational technology (OT) cybersecurity courses for critical information infrastructures (CII), to address the cyber vulnerabilities they face. These OT cybersecurity courses will help train more than 2,000 cyber professionals over the next three years, and plug the cybersecurity manpower gap faced by local critical sectors.
Cyber-attacks on CII, targeting their legacy industrial control systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, have proven to be highly disruptive, leading to critical impact on essential services, functioning of cities, business continuity, and even human lives.
“With the onslaught of cyber-attacks targeting ICS of critical sectors, upskilling of cyber professionals, especially for SCADA operators and engineers, has never been more crucial. The strategic partnership with SUTD will allow us to deliver SCADA-specific defence training programmes that will help to build Singapore’s cyber human capital and strengthen its ICS security posture,” said Mr Goh Eng Choon, General Manager, Info-Security, Electronics, ST Engineering.
Designed to raise competencies of SCADA engineers, the new OT courses will offer scenario-based training incorporating a new cyber warfare exercise platform. Involving offensive and defensive operations that integrates real and simulated exercises set against the backdrop of a cyber battlespace, participants will be trained to detect and provide appropriate responses to cyber-attacks across various ICS systems of critical sectors. The training will also be customised to cover water, power and transportation sectors for more realistic visualisation and adoption, to counter SCADA cyber-attacks effectively.
SUTD’s Associate Provost Education, SUTD Academy & Digital Learning, Prof Pey Kin Leong said, “SUTD Academy aims to provide more industry-relevant courses for its students, and this MOU enables the Academy to work more closely with industry leaders like ST Engineering, to co-develop courses for upskilling or reskilling working professionals who want to stay relevant in this fast-evolving industry. This will not only help to address the urgent manpower needs in the cybersecurity sector but also enhance the employability of our working population.”
The courses will be held at the rebranded ST Engineering Cybersecurity Academy (STECA), formally known as ST Electronics Cybersecurity Centre. Along with the rebranding exercise, STECA has also unveiled its new and enhanced cyber range, which will facilitate more cyber warfare scenarios. Having upskilled more than 1,500 cybersecurity professionals across 125 companies in Singapore, the revamped STECA has expanded its training facilities and training capacity, and is expected to deliver some 2,000 cybersecurity experts within the next three years. Please refer to Annex A for more information on the STECA.