Malaysia’s Sunway Uni puts up pioneering SOC Lab

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Sunway University in Malaysia has invested 3 million ringgit (about $0.7 million)  into a CyberSecurity Intelligence (CSI) Labs for teaching, training and research in cybersecurity.

This is the region’s first Security Operations Centre Lab (SOC Lab) that runs industry-grade cybersecurity platform and services provided by American firm RSA Security’s NetWitness platform.

The CSI Labs consist of a data centre with a dedicated research network and server infrastructure, as well as dual-display workstations and a training environment. 

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Students at the Department of Computing and Information Systems of the School of Science and Technology will have the opportunity to experience intelligent security analytics that provides threat detection and response solutions offered by RSA Security.

The technology shifts solutions from reactive to pro-active, predictive and prescriptive by using artificial intelligence to tackle cybersecurity threats.

The Lab is part of the Sunway University’s effort to provide real-world experience to students, particularly those enrolled in the BSc (Hons) Information Technology (Computer Networking and Security) programme.

The university provides the learning experience where students get to witness real incidents and scenarios of cybersecurity threats. In this way, they can learn the best practices and use advanced platforms and tools to counter these threats.

Graeme Wilkinson, vice-chancellor of Sunway University, said the CSI Labs is the result of a collaboration with Hitachi-Sunway Information Systems and Sunway Group IT, and is supported by PIKOM CyberSecurity Chapter.