The cyber security agency of Singapore (Photo: theonlinecitizen.com)

Singapore (VNA) – Singapore will set up a new academy to train cyber-security staff to serve the strategy on building a smart nation as well as counter increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, said an senior official.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister on National Security Teo Chee Hean made the announcement at the opening ceremony of the second Singapore International Cyber Week on September 19.

The event gathered government officials, cyber-security experts and representatives from global and regional leading IT groups. Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam attended the event.

Initially, the academy will coordinate with the US-based cybersecurity vendor FireEye to provide training in incident response and malware analysis, Teo said.

The academy will then expand cooperation with other partners to provide related training programmes.

On this occasion, Singapore announced to put aside 1.5 million SGD (1.1 million USD) from the State budget to support personnel training in cyber security for ASEAN countries in the coming years.-VNA