Singapore Launches Facility for Cybersecurity Evaluation, Certification
As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, manufacturers and developers must regularly test and certify their products. To help with this, the Singapore Cyber Security Agency (CSA) and Nanyang University of Technology (NTU) have jointly launched a new $ 19.5 million SG facility.
The center will facilitate the assessment of software and hardware vulnerability, physical hardware attacks, and security measures. This will allow manufacturers and developers to identify potential vulnerabilities in their products and take the necessary steps to mitigate them.
With the launch of this center, Singapore goes a step further in its commitment to protect its citizens and businesses from cybersecurity threats. It would be difficult and costly for manufacturers and developers to evaluate their products against the latest threats without this installation.
NTU Smart Campus will host the facility at the National Integrated Assessment Center (NICE).
“The growing threat of cyberattacks makes it vital for institutions, businesses and agencies to stay one step ahead of cyber threats. Properly evaluate hardware to make sure they are designed with security in mind, rather than “Adding them as a later idea is the first step in keeping our cyberphysical systems secure,” said NTU Vice President and Professor Ling San.
David Koh, CEO of CSA, added that the new facility would help ensure that Singapore’s move towards a digital future is secure.
The Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) wants to work with CSA and NTU to develop relevant accreditation programs to complement this effort. This includes SAC’s IT testing program that will help accredited companies ensure that their test reports are accurate and consistent.
One practice praised by experts is the Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme (CLS), launched in 2020.
The scheme is a voluntary initiative that allows manufacturers to label their products according to their cybersecurity features and performance. In January 2021, the scheme was expanded to cover all consumer IoT devices, such as smart lights, smart door locks, and IP cameras. By the end of April, participants had submitted more than 200 products for labeling this scheme.
CSA also launched CLS-Ready, a new initiative that would allow security features enabled by CLS-Ready hardware to avoid the need to re-test at the end device level. Those wishing to obtain a CLS-Ready label must submit an application with supporting evidence and an evaluation report from a certified laboratory. Labels would be valid as long as the devices are kept up to date with security patches for five years.
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