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Singapore opens security testing center

Singapore’s Cyber ​​Security Agency (CSA) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have opened a joint center that manufacturers and developers can use to test and certify the security of their products.

Called National Integrated Assessment Center (Nice), the S$19.5 million center will also conduct research on advanced security assessment techniques and build a pool of security assessment talent.

Nice will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that security assessors and developers can use to perform an assessment at the highest level of assurance.

The center, which builds on CSA’s efforts to promote safety-by-design practices, will also maintain a pool of researchers and technical personnel with the expertise to use the equipment and share their knowledge. with other users.

In 2019, Singapore was granted certificate-authorizing nation status under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement in a bid to strengthen the local cybersecurity industry.

This was followed by the Cybersecurity Labeling Scheme (CLS) in 2020, which provides different levels of cybersecurity ratings to help consumers make informed choices about the security features of the smart devices they purchase.

At the end of April 2022, the two systems enjoyed good support from manufacturers. Over 200 products were submitted for labeling under the four levels of CLS and 20 products submitted for evaluation at higher assurance levels.

To make it easier for manufacturers to achieve the highest CLS rating, CSA has launched the “CLS-Ready” initiative where the safety features provided by CLS-Ready hardware will no longer need to be retested. at the end device.

For example, manufacturers can use a CLS-Ready certified chip in their devices, saving them time and money when testing devices against the most stringent CLS Level 4.

The first company to join the CLS-Ready initiative is semiconductor maker Infineon, whose Optiga Trust M chip used in smart home and consumer Internet of Things devices has been certified as CLS-Ready.

David Koh, Cybersecurity Commissioner and CEO of CSA, emphasized the importance of ensuring that new emerging technologies are designed securely.

He said: “This collaboration between CSA and NTU underscores CSA’s continued commitment to working with higher education institutions and industry to build the cybersecurity workforce pipeline and facilitate a national cybersecurity ecosystem. which will provide good business opportunities and jobs.”

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