With the enormous growth of e-commerce and readily digitally available data online, accuracy in processing and protection of data are no doubt imperative. In line with this, Sunway University has invested RM3-million in to the CyberSecurity Intelligence (CSI) Labs for teaching, training and research in cybersecurity.
The CSI Labs consist of a data center with a dedicated research network and server infrastructure, as well as dual-display workstations and a training environment. The first lab to be established is the Security Operations Center Lab (SOC Lab) that runs industry-grade cybersecurity platform and services. Sunway University students at the Department of Computing and Information Systems, School of Science and Technology will have the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art intelligent security analytics that provides threat detection and response solutions offered by RSA Security from the USA. The RSA NetWitness® Platform is an evolved SIEM – the centerpiece of an intelligent SOC – and threat detection and response solution that allows security teams to rapidly detect and respond to any threat, anywhere. It serves as a single, unified platform for all security data; features an advanced analyst workbench for triggering alerts and incidents; and, uses machine learning to orchestrate and automate security operations programs end to end.
The Lab, currently the first SOC Lab powered by RSA Security Netwitness® Platform in a university in Malaysia, is part of the Sunway University’s effort to provide real-world experience to students, particularly those enrolled in the BSc (Hons) Information Technology (Computer Networking and Security) programme. The University provides the learning experience where students get to witness real incidents and scenarios of cybersecurity threats. In this way, they can learn the best practices and utilise advanced platforms and tools to counter these threats. New modules will be designed and added to existing computing programmes at the University to ensure graduates are equipped with the right skill-sets as well as mind-sets towards a safer inter-connected environment.
“The CSI Labs will serve as a platform to connect academia with the industry. It aims to be a vendor and technology agnostic platform to encourage exchange and collaboration between all parties,” said Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University.
“The CSI Labs is the result of a collaboration between Sunway University, Hitachi-Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd and Sunway Group IT. It is also supported by PIKOM CyberSecurity Chapter and is powered by the RSA Security NetWitness Platform, which is used in large international corporations as well as governments.” added Professor Wilkinson.
The project to build these specialised Labs was initiated by Dato’ Chew Chee Kin, President of Sunway Group, and strongly supported by Dato’ Dr Lee Weng Keng, CEO of Education and Healthcare, Sunway Group and Dr Elizabeth Lee, CEO of Sunway Education Group.
“The CSI Labs aim to develop future talents who will be well-equipped with the latest cybersecurity knowledge. We are committed to close the talent-gap in the area of cybersecurity in Malaysia and the region. In the pipeline, the Labs look forward to organising events such as talk or short training programmes related to cybersecurity updates and awareness for the community in and beyond Sunway City,” said Associate Professor Dr Lau Sian Lun, Associate Dean and Head, Department of Computing and Information Systems.