Singtel and FireEye launch first joint Advanced Security Operations Centre in APAC to help enterprises counter sophisticated cyber attacks
Latest technology, expertise and intelligence to counter rising attacks in region 29 percent of customers in Southeast Asia targeted by advanced attacks in the second half of 2014
SINGAPORE, Feb. 25 2015 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) and FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) today launched their first joint Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC). The new ASOC combines FireEye’s leading security expertise with SingTel’s deep info-communications capabilities and extensive regional data infrastructure.
The Singtel FireEye ASOC provides organisations with the latest technology, expertise and intelligence to enhance their security protection against the rapidly growing threat of advanced attacks in the Asia Pacific region.
Located in Singapore, the ASOC is the first facility of its kind to be integrated into Singtel’s existing network operations centre. This gives cyber security experts end-to-end visibility of Internet traffic, corporate networks and user end-points, for a swift response to security incidents.
The ASOC has 50 security professionals locally, and access to a global network of FireEye ASOCs and security experts trained in handling sophisticated cyber threats and forensics. Singtel-FireEye customers will have access to experts who provide ‘follow-the-sun’ capability 24/7 to detect, protect against and respond to cyber threats. (For more information on the ASOC, please refer to the Appendix.)
In conjunction with the launch, Singtel and FireEye have released their first Southeast Asia cyber threat report. This is a detailed look at the threat landscape based on real-world attack data collected from customers in the region. For example, the report shows that 23 percent of all customers in Singapore have been exposed to an advanced attack between July and December 2014.
Mr Bill Chang, Singtel’s CEO of Group Enterprise, said: “The increased frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, is a major concern of top management and boards of many enterprises. Damage inflicted by a cyber attack extends beyond a technology issue. Enterprises recognise this and are seeking deeper cyber defence capabilities to protect their assets, brand reputation and customers’ trust.”
Mr Chang added: “The ASOC will be the cornerstone of Singtel’s cyber security capabilities. Through our partnership with FireEye, Singtel is able to provide the best-of-breed cyber security solutions and services for enterprises to better deal with these fast-evolving cyber threats.”
Mr David DeWalt, FireEye CEO and Chairman of the board, said: “We are witnessing a new cyber arms race with nation-states and sophisticated criminal organisations operating with anonymity to breach almost any network at-will. The economic growth and geographic proximity of Southeast Asia has made it one of the most active regions in the world for advanced cyber attacks. Together with Singtel, we can give our customers more visibility into these attacks and help keep their networks secure with what we believe are the best tools and expertise available.”
The ASOC houses a local data store that allows enterprises or government agencies with data location restrictions to stay compliant by keeping their data within Singapore.
The ASOC is also connected to the cloud-based FireEye Dynamic Threat Intelligence network. It provides a platform for the real-time exchange of threat intelligence, such as covert callback channels, as well as new threat findings from FireEye Labs to protect customers around the world when new attacks are identified.
Singtel FireEye Southeast Asia Cyber Threat Report
New findings have identified Southeast Asia as a region that is increasingly under cyber-attack. The joint Singtel-FireEye report, “Southeast Asia: An Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape,” details how Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors and other cyber-attack groups are among those keenly interested in targets located in Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brunei.
From July to December 2014, 29 percent of customers in Southeast Asia detected malware and attempts to compromise their networks by APT actors.
Industry verticals most often targeted by advanced attack groups include:
- Governments – 27 percent
- Telecommunications – 24 percent
- Financial services – 16 percent
- High-tech – 10 percent
- Transportation -10 percent
Mr Chang said: “This report provides intelligence on the nature of the APT threats in the region and sheds light on some modus operandi of the cyber-attackers. With this knowledge, enterprises can understand the new threat landscape and update their security posture to avoid becoming another cyber-attack victim.”
The full report can be downloaded here:
Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology, managed services and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa with over 500 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
About FireEye, Inc.
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 3,100 customers across 67 countries, including over 200 of the Fortune 500.
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FireEye Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and the related Appendix contain forward-looking statements, including statements related to the capabilities, features, benefits and staffing of the Singtel FireEye ASOC, the launch of a FireEye ASOC in Australia, and “follow-the-sun” capabilities leveraging a network of ASOCs. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause FireEye’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include customer demand and adoption of the products, services and technologies associated with the partnership between Singtel and FireEye; real or perceived defects, errors or vulnerabilities in such products, services or technologies; FireEye’s and Singtel’s ability to react to trends and challenges in their respective businesses and the markets in which they operate; FireEye’s and Singtel’s ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products, services and technologies to meet those needs; the ability of FireEye and Singtel to execute their strategies, plans, objectives and expected investments with respect to the partnership; and general market, political, economic, and business conditions; as well as those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in FireEye’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 2014, which is available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at investors.FireEye.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the company as of the date hereof, and FireEye does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Any future product, service, feature, benefit or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. FireEye reserves the right to modify future product and services plans at any time.
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