Singtel and Argus Cyber Security have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cyber security capabilities for Singapore’s transportation sector, facilitating the introduction of connected cars and new technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

In addition, both parties will also work together on the research and development of next generation cyber security solutions for autonomous vehicles.

“This partnership is part of our broader vision to create an ecosystem to support the development of new technologies and solutions focusing on the transportation sector, both in Singapore and globally,” said Singtel CEO, Group Enterprise, Bill Chang.

“With a secure ecosystem, automobile manufacturers and automotive equipment providers can safely collaborate and develop advanced solutions for commercial and industrial autonomous vehicles. By partnering with Argus, we are committed to positioning Singapore at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies for the next generation of smart and cyber secure vehicles.”

Both parties will launch a suite of solutions which includes Argus’ in-vehicle offer and technologies, as well as Argus’ stand-alone cyber security backend platform.

This platform collects, correlates and analyses data derived from vehicles, mobile apps, cellular networks, cloud platforms and other sources and will be integrated with the managed security services portfolio of Trustwave, Singtel’s cyber security arm.

The platform helps automakers and fleet managers to protect vehicles already on the road without making modifications to them. It will be delivered through Trustwave’s global network of ten Advanced Security Operations Centres.

“This partnership is another important leap forward towards delivering multi-layered, security solutions and services that make mobility intelligent and secure – in Singapore and around the world”, said Argus Cyber Security co-founder and CEO, Ofer Ben-Noon.

As part of the collaboration, Singtel and Argus will conduct cyber security research and development at the Singtel Cyber Security Institute (CSI) to help defend autonomous vehicles against sophisticated, evolving cyber threats.

The partners could also use CSI’s cyber range platform to subject their solutions to rigorous testing and prototyping. This augments Singtel’s ongoing collaboration with the National University of Singapore to develop advanced cyber security solutions for next generation cyber threats.

The partnership comes in the wake of the recent launch of 5G Garage – Singapore’s first live 5G facility at Singapore Polytechnic. The facility, which is connected to Singtel’s latest pilot 5G network, allows students to incubate, develop and trial 5G solutions for enterprises.

Among the students’ projects is an autonomous vehicle which is being trialled for use on campus.