Adura cybersecurity and Innovix Distribution today announced the launch of its latest Singapore security operations center (SOC) in partnership with South Korean information security company SK infosec, a Cyber Threat Alliance member. Adura and Innovix are subsidiaries of larger JTH Group. The new SOC focuses on the needs of businesses to gain insight into their organization’s security posture and increase their ability to react promptly to cybersecurity incidents. Designed to equip businesses with capabilities to address today’s rapidly evolving technology and risks, the SOC will serve the needs of both enterprises and SMEs, a segment that is most vulnerable to security threats. SMEs make up 99% of Singapore companies and contribute up to 50% of total GDP. Despite playing such an important role in Singapore’s economy, the nature of lean businesses often means that they do not always have the financial resources and expertise to set up a dedicated SOC to identify and respond to threats. Adura estimates that individually-run SOCs can cost businesses approximately SGD$3 million to set up, and when faced with the decision IT leaders typically cannot justify the costs of doing so. Besides the capital expenditure required, a dedicated SOC requires ongoing operational expenses.
These include analytics, threat monitoring tools, and ensuring that cybersecurity experts maintain certifications, educate themselves on the latest attacks and techniques as well as staying abreast of complex regulatory changes. With the IT security industry expecting a shortage of 1.8 million APAC professionals by 2022, SMEs are often at a loss in recruiting and retaining good talent. This often is an additional challenge for SMEs to find experienced security analysts of their own, when security is often not the core focus of their business. To combat this, the latest joint SOC, located in Singapore, provides businesses with access to managed security services as part of SK infosec’s Asia-wide network. This newly-built SOC joins a network of three other SOCs in Korea, Japan, and China. In concert, they represent a pool of over 200 highly-trained security staff, conducting 24/7 monitoring and incident response. The decision of the latest SOC’s location was also made strategically to serve Singapore’s needs. Adura Cyber Security director Barnaby Grosvenor says, “With Singapore’s open economy and a major international centre for trade, finance and logistics, it is crucial to protect against attacks that can potentially impact the wider regional and global economy. “This SOC will allow SMEs to focus on the important task of building businesses with innovation and creativity and rest assured in the fact that their intellectual property remains secured from outside threats.” While the latest SOC currently provides comprehensive coverage for Singapore, Adura and Innovix have plans in place to expand its reach to ASEAN if required.