New partnership boosts cybersecurity expertise

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratories (NCL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) via video conference yesterday.

Signing on behalf of UTB was Dean of School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) Dr Mohamad Saiful bin Haji Omar while NUS was represented by Dean of NUS Computing Professor Mohan Kankanhalli.

The ceremony was witnessed by guest of honour UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.

The event began with speeches by deans from both universities highlighting the prospect activities in Cybersecurity and their hopes to expand the collaboration scopes of the partnership wider.

Dr Mohamad Saiful said the collaboration is in line with UTB’s vision of becoming a Global University Impacting Society that supports the nation’s drive to realise Brunei Vision 2035.

Dean of School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), UTB Dr Mohamad Saiful bin Hj Omar and Dean of NUS School of Computing Professor Mohan Kankanhalli during the signing ceremony. PHOTO: UTB

He believes the relationship between UTB and NCL will lead to harnessing the benefits of growth and best practices that will lead to making strides in education, research and training programmes of mutual interest.

“SCI staff, especially staff and students under Computer Network and Security programme area will benefit a lot from this MoU especially on getting access to the Pentest of NCL. UTB staff, students and researchers can also make use of this opportunity to upskill their knowledge in pen testing and it is one of the important skills in this cyber-dependent world,” he added.

Professor Kankanhalli said, “We are very pleased to partner with UTB by supporting its initiatives in cybersecurity related research, education, and training. It is our hope that the positive relationship that we expect to develop as a result of this MoU between UTB and NCL will spark further collaborations between UTB, NUS Computing, and NUS in more areas.”

The newly signed MoU formalises the intention for staff and students of UTB and NCL to collaborate through joint academic, research and development activities, seminars and conferences, as well as the exchange of academic materials of mutual interest.

This collaboration will also provide UTB staff and students with access to NCL resources and infrastructure for training, capability development and skills deepening, including attachment opportunities at NCL.