SINGAPORE – American tech giant Cisco launched an innovation centre, its first in South-east Asia on Friday.
The idea is to bring together industry players, government organisations and start-ups to work on regional issues in cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Cisco also launched a Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (CCX) in partnership with the Economic Development Board (EDB), which is expected to boost Cisco’s Asia-Pacific threat intelligence research and response capabilities, and work towards improving national cyber security and talent nurturing.
“Innovation no longer happens behind the closed doors of R&D labs, but in open ecosystems. Both these centres will allow us to realise the possibilities of digital transformation in IoT, and support the Singapore government’s Smart Nation initiative,” said Mr Irving Tan, Cisco senior vice-president and chief of operations.
Both centres are located at Cisco’s office in Mapletree Business City.
The CCX will have more than 100 employees and Cisco said it expected the CCX team to be fully staffed by June. It will also offer opportunities to university students and industry professionals from other companies through six-month internship and residency programmes respectively.