A Memorandum of Agreement between the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University was signed to establish the National Integrated Centre for Evaluation (NiCE) in 2019. It is a one-stop facility for product testing, inspection and evaluation to develop competencies and evaluation techniques.
The collaboration harnesses the strength of NTU’s research competencies in hardware security. It aims to reap synergy by optimising the utilisation of resources through the sharing of high-end equipment, and pooling of industrial and research expertise.
In line with the Singapore’s Cybersecurity Strategy to promote Security-by-Design in our eco-system, NiCE also aims to drive initiatives which achieve the following goals:
- To develop an industry eco-system for cyber security testing and evaluation, NiCE will facilitate research into advanced security evaluation techniques, covering topics such as hardware security protections.
- To grow a pipeline of local product evaluation talent, NiCE will provide training courses and internships for professionals to learn more about certification processes and evaluation methodologies. NiCE will also enhance existing cyber security curriculum for students to include topics such as security evaluation.
- To support a community of practice, NiCE will provide advanced equipment which evaluators and developers can use, to perform evaluation at the highest assurance level. This will contribute to a sustainable industry eco-system for product evaluation and certification in Singapore.
The first of its kind in South-East Asia, the joint centre serves as a one-stop facility for cyber security evaluation and certification. NiCE is a unique initiative that pools industrial and research expertise together to develop a sustainable academia industry-government ecosystem for product evaluation and certification in Singapore.
Located on the NTU Smart Campus, NiCE was officially launched by Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation and Cybersecurity, Mrs Josephine Teo on 18 May 2022. The $19.5 million centre will provide support to the industry in three areas: creating a community of practice, developing a research eco-system, and furthering education and training.
A 2-day event consisting the opening ceremony, lab tours, seminars and workshops, this commemorates the start of NiCE's role in supporting the local TIC community.
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