BT opens cybersecurity hub in Singapore

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UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt with James Hennah (centre), managing director of BT in South East Asia, and Faisal Parvez (left), Global Services director for product technology (photo courtesy of the British High Commission in Singapore).

The new BT office will be the hub for the British company to deliver its services across South East Asia, providing cyber security solutions and services to private and public sector organisations. The company plans on using its expertise to help businesses and local government secure their operations for the digital age.

The office will officially be opened by UK’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

While on the tour of the new office, which is home to around 300 staff, the foreign secretary will be shown the company’s new ‘Customer Experience Centre’ which provides an interactive experience showcasing global connectivity services, cloud migration as well as world class cyber security services.

The clients in the region include, a number of Singapore government agencies, major banks and financial service providers, the Singapore Stock Exchange and leading local and global logistics and shipping operators.

 “Cyber security is essential to our national security in the 21st century and British businesses are making a vital contribution against this global threat. The new BT office in Singapore will enable them to further strengthen their position as a leading player by providing expertise on cyber security solutions to countries and businesses across South East Asia,” said Jeremy Hunt.

James Hennah, Managing Director, BT in South East Asia added, “It is an honour to welcome the Foreign Secretary to open our regional headquarters in Singapore. The new office is home to almost 300 highly skilled staff, supporting our growing list of customers in the region with resilient connectivity, cloud services and world class security. It builds on our established presence with both networking and cyber operations in the wider Asia Pacific region. Just over a year ago we opened a brand new Cyber Security R&D Centre in Sydney, tapping into local talent to help us alleviate the global cyber skills shortage.”

The visit comes after the UK and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Cybersecurity Capacity Building at the Commonwealth Summit in 2018 where the two countries agreed to cooperate to deliver cybersecurity capacity building programmes to Commonwealth Member States for a two-year period.

The UK also committed to participate in Singapore’s ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme (ACCP), originally launched in 2016. A British cyber security expert will shortly start working in the British High Commission in Singapore to support this initiative, which will involve training and sharing best practice with officials working on cyber security in other ASEAN countries.