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Singapore appoints Russian cybersecurity expert to advisory panel

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Russian cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has been appointed to the International Advisory Panel for Singapore's National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme.

RUSSIAN cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has been appointed to the International Advisory Panel for Singapore's National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme.

Mr Kaspersky is the founder and CEO of global security company Kaspersky Lab, which has developed a reputation for discovering cybersecurity threats.

His appointment takes effect from April 1 this year. Mr Kaspersky joins the ranks of other international thought leaders on the panel, which includes Prof Howard Schmidt, former cyber adviser to US presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, and Israeli military scientist Yizhak Ben-Israel. Local experts on the panel are adviser to the National Research Foundation Prof Lui Pao Chuen and senior fellow with the Ministry of Home Affairs Khoo Boon Hui.

Mr Kaspersky said that it was a "great honour" for him to become a member of the panel.

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"Singapore is a small but very important advanced country. It is often a step ahead of the rest of the world in many regards and its strategic approach to cybersecurity is something other nations should follow," he said.

"The great thing about this advisory panel is that it brings together academics, government officials and people from private business like me. I believe this is the perfect mix, one that will provide valuable insight into the future of cybersecurity."

The research programme, a collaboration between several Singapore government agencies, aims to develop cybersecurity R&D capabilities in Singapore to allow it to tackle emerging threats and challenges in cyberspace. The government has set aside S$130 million for R&D efforts in cybersecurity over five years.

"Singapore is fast becoming a truly digital nation and achieving a high level of cybersecurity through developing strong capabilities is vital in guaranteeing its sustainable development," said Mr Kaspersky.

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