NEC’s strategy and solutions
“We have to conduct R&D so as to achieve results to come up with solutions to improve cyber security,” said Quek. Since the nature of cyber threats have become more sophisticated, it is imperative to develop more complicated solutions and systems to counter these advanced threats, he added.
These solutions must complement the processes and procedures developed. Since NEC’s customers come from different backgrounds — they may be from the private or public sector, or even be a single individual — it is necessary for these solutions to be tailored to their needs, as each one requires different kinds of protection.
“These solutions must be able to prevent and detect the intrusion. And in the event of an intrusion, we have to be able to respond and recover in time. We have to be accountable for these attacks, which involves tracing their source and location. We also have to be proactive and be more aware of the situation so that we can preempt future actions,” Quek said.
With these solutions in place, a set of processes and procedures has to be developed. It has to follow technology standards, which means that they have to be interoperable and not contradict each other. They also have to aid in eco-system efficiency in private sector production, software or hardware; as well as include cost-effective solutions. This standardisation will improve operational efficiencies, enhance inter-agency collaborations, and ultimately deliver better business outcomes.
Next, Quek emphasised that it is important to be aware of the intelligence and trends in the global market as things are constantly changing. Everyone needs to be fully aware of what is taking place in the cybersecurity landscape so as to be able to stay one step ahead of the hackers and anticipate their next move.
“One way to prepare ourselves is to beef up our systems to make sure that it is updated with the latest preventive measure,” Quek said. Other ways include training people to fully enable them to operate the system, as well as constantly ensure that the solutions and systems implemented are functioning perfectly well.
In line with this, NEC also supports Interpol with technical and human resources to implement the IDCC at the future IGCI in Singapore.
The last important aspect is leadership in raising security awareness amongst the private sector organisations. It is worrying to note that although most private sector players are not knowledgeable about cyber security, they are the ones often running the critical infrastructures. In most matured economies, this proportion is estimated to be a significant 80 percent.
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