SUTD collaborates with TNO on cyber physical system security

31 Mar 2016



Singapore, 31 March 2016 – Research and innovation in cyber security and resilience get an international boost with a new collaboration between the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). The collaboration was formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two institutions today.

Through this partnership, both parties look forward to strengthening current and future research initiatives as well as harnessing one another’s research strengths in the different domains of cyber security, such as Cyber Physical Systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), Block Chain Security, Dark Web Training and Cybercrime. This will take the form of student, researcher and staff exchanges between the SUTD and TNO. Furthermore, this collaboration aims to enhance Singapore’s and the Netherlands’ knowledge and expertise in cyber physical system security. 
The three-year MOU was signed by SUTD’s provost Professor Chong Tow Chong and TNO’s Managing Director of Defence, Safety and Security, Mr Henk Geveke, and was witnessed by Deputy Ambassador from Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Hans Akerboom, SUTD’s iTrust Centre Director, Professor Aditya Mathur and TNO’s Director of Cyber Security and Resilience, Mrs Annemarie Zielstra. 

SUTD’s provost, Professor Chong Tow Chong, noted: “SUTD seeks to better the world through technology and design - a very appropriate mission for today as the world becomes more technologically advanced. However, due to the increasing dependency on technology, the accompanying rise in cyber attacks on critical infrastructures is inevitable. With the growing importance of cyber security, SUTD's collaboration with TNO is timely. The exchange of our students and researchers with TNO will greatly benefit us as it will allow us to share and learn best practices from one another as well as advance our knowledge in the area of cyber security and resilience.”

Managing Director of Defence, Safety and Security, Mr Henk Geveke, added: “At TNO, we welcome this collaboration with great pleasure. We look forward to sharing our scientific research on darknets, virtual currencies and underground markets internationally, and to continually strengthen the enforcement of cybercrime across the globe. Joining forces with SUTD and their testbed-environment will allow TNO to experiment with criminal strategies in a controlled setting, which will enable us to study the design of cybercrime to a fuller extent.”