Eugene Kaspersky to help guide Singapore’s cybersecurity investments

He will do so together with other members of the republic’s International Advisory Panel for the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme.

By Nurdianah Md Nur
April 5, 2016

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, has been appointed a member of the International Advisory Panel for the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme in Singapore.

The research programme is a collaboration between several Singaporean government agencies, including the Economic Development Board, Ministry of Home Affairs, Infocomm Development Authority, Ministry of Defence and National Security Coordination Secretariat.

The programme will leverage the five-year S$130 million government funding to develop cybersecurity research and development (R&D) capabilities in the city-state to enable it to tackle emerging cyber threats.

The International Advisory Panel will provide insights into emerging global trends and advise on promising technology areas to meet strategic needs and ensure future capabilities in cybersecurity.

Besides Kaspersky, the panel consists of thought leaders from government, academia and the industry. Panel members include Professor Howard Schmidt, former Cyber Advisor to U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Israeli military scientist, Professor Yitzhak Ben-Israel; former UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Sir John Beddington; Professor Quek Tong Boon, Singapore's Chief Defence Scientist at the Ministry of Defence; Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Advisor to Singapore's National Research Foundation and Khoo Boon Hui, Senior Fellow with Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs.

 Commenting on his appointment, Kaspersky said: "It is a great honour for me to become a member of this panel. The great thing about this advisory panel is that it brings together academics, government officials and people from private business like me. I believe this is the perfect mix, one that will provide valuable insight into the future of cybersecurity."

"Singapore is often a step ahead of the rest of the world in many regards and its strategic approach to cybersecurity is something other nations should follow. I look forward to sharing [my] expertise to help shape Singapore's R&D investment in cybersecurity, to help it be ready for the threats of tomorrow," he added.