28 July 2021

Group-IB becomes the first cybersecurity company to join JTC’s Punggol Digital District

Group-IB, one of the leading providers of solutions dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud, investigation of high-tech crimes and intellectual property protection, is honored to announce it has joined JTC’s Punggol Digital District, Singapore’s smart district that is home to top international players in cybersecurity, blockchain, robotics and smart living solutions. Masterplanned and developed by JTC, a government agency under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, Punggol Digital District will support the digital economy growth in Singapore and will exemplify the achievements of the city-state’s Smart Nation Initiative. At the inaugural PDD: Connecting Smartness event held earlier today, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Gan Kim Yong announced Group-IB’s move into the smart district, along with three other international heavyweights in the digital sectors.

It’s a great honor for me and my company to be part of JTC’s Punggol Digital District. I’m sure that today marks a milestone for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region in general as we’re inaugurating a strategic project that will be leading Singapore in the implementation of its Smart Nation Initiative and will stand at the forefront of the region’s digital transformation. I feel a special responsibility for this initiative since my company, Group-IB, is the first cybersecurity company to join this smart district and we expect a great journey ahead.

Ilya Sachkov

Ilya Sachkov

CEO and founder at Group-IB

As the first cybersecurity firm to join the initiative, Group-IB will bring to Punggol Digital District the expertise that the company accumulated over nearly two decades of sophisticated cybercrime investigations and protection of over 450 mid-size and large enterprises in financial, energy, telecom and other sectors to contribute to Punggol Digital District’s further development. Group-IB also aspires to become an all-inclusive cybersecurity provider to the community, bringing, among others, its system intended for creating organization-tailored threat landscape, analyzing and attributing cyberattacks and proactive threat hunting, Threat Intelligence & Attribution, and solution for adversary-centric detection of targeted attacks and unknown threats for IT and OT environments, Threat Hunting Framework, to it.

Based on the existing stack of internationally recognized threat hunting technologies, Group-IB will collaborate with the Singapore Institute of Technology to develop and operate a cybersecurity testing facility in the smart district — PDD Cyberpolygon Sandzone. The cyberpolygon is a tool for emulating network infrastructures of any configuration, topology or scale for both theoretical research and practical trials. PDD Cyberpolygon Sandzone provides analysts with a tool to combine a random array of network segments into one to simulate the infrastructure of a specific organization, like an insurance company, a bank, a mobile operator or an enterprise with OT network, a power plant for instance.

It is planned that the platform developed and operated by Group-IB’s leading DFIR, threat intelligence and attribution experts will also offer a platform for large-scale CTF events and Hackathons with ethical hacking and networking events where cybersecurity analysts can engage with students and cybersecurity association representatives to share knowledge and expertise on the prevention of high-tech crimes.

Group-IB also plans to work with other players in Punggol Digital District, like the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore , the Government Technology Agency, and cybersecurity associations to turn the district into the space of advanced cybersecurity awareness and form risk-aware culture. Group-IB hopes to empower organizations and individuals by holding educational events during which cybersecurity practitioners can share their expertise and knowledge both with each other and a wider audience.

Together with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, and Singapore cybersecurity community Division Zero, an inaugural Punggol Digital District bug bounty programme was organised. Supervised by Group-IB Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-GIB) analysts, the programme had participants identify „bugs„ that could let them take control over smart lighting and building management systems hosted on an isolated network managed by the Singapore Institute of Technology. The two winners of the contest were also offered an opportunity to intern at Group-IB as a reward.

Group-IB believes that such programmes will give students opportunities to apply knowledge in the real-world context through access to Group-IB’s solutions and monitoring systems. This is a key focus area for Group-IB in the region’s presence.

Group-IB’s entry to Punggol Digital District is a testament to their confidence in Singapore as a digital innovation hub. Not only will Group-IB strengthen the quality of cybersecurity solutions, their presence will also nurture the next generation of cybercrime fighters in Singapore. We look forward to more collaborative partnerships amongst the players in the district to accelerate digital innovation.

Alvin Tan - Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Industry Cluster Group, JTC

Alvin Tan

Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Industry Cluster Group, JTC

It has been a long journey since 2014, when I was around to witness the early inauguration of the Singapore Smart Nation initiative by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and its evolution from a government portal to an entire ecosystem we are forging together with Punggol Digital District today.

Shafique Dawood

Shafique Dawood

Group-IB Managing Director in APAC

When Punggol Digital District opens in 2024, Group-IB will move its Global HQ into the district to enjoy greater proximity to PDD residents and be at the heart of the district’s smart ecosystem.

Preview image by JTC

Group-IB is one of the leading providers of solutions dedicated to detecting and preventing cyberattacks, identifying online fraud, investigation of high-tech crimes and intellectual property protection, headquartered in Singapore. The company’s threat intelligence and research centers are located in the Middle East (Dubai), the Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Europe (Amsterdam), and Russia (Moscow).

Group-IB’s Threat Intelligence & Attribution system has been named one of the best in class by Gartner, Forrester, and IDC. Group-IB’s Threat Hunting Framework (earlier known as TDS) intended for the proactive search and the protection against complex and previously unknown cyberthreats has been recognized as one of the leaders in Network Detection and Response by the leading European analyst agency KuppingerCole Analysts AG, while Group-IB itself has been recognized as a Product Leader and Innovation Leader. Gartner identified Group-IB as a Representative Vendor in Online Fraud Detection for its Fraud Hunting Platform. In addition, Group-IB was granted Frost & Sullivan’s Innovation Excellence award for its Digital Risk Protection (DRP), an Al-driven platform for identifying and mitigating digital risks and counteracting brand impersonation attacks with the company’s patented technologies at its core.

Group-IB’s technological leadership and R&D capabilities are built on the company’s 18 years of hands-on experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide and 70,000 hours of cybersecurity incident response accumulated in our leading forensic laboratory, high-tech crime investigations department, and round-the-clock CERT-GIB. Group-IB is a partner of Europol.

Group-IB’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks. Group-IB’s mission is to fight high-tech crime while protecting our clients in cyberspace and helping them achieve their goals. To do so, we analyze cyber threats, develop our infrastructure to monitor them, respond to incidents, investigate complex high-tech crimes, and design unique technologies, solutions, and services to counteract adversaries.

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