Symantec invests in opening a Singapore security centre

Symantec has opened its sixth security operations centre in Singapore, which will expand support for neighbouring SOCs in Chennai, India and Tokyo, Japan.

Symantec has dedicated a portion of its $50 million investment in beefing up its online security services towards the opening of its newest security operations centre (SOC) in Singapore.

The opening of the Singapore-based SOC marks the sixth SOC to be opened in the world, and the fourth one in the Asia-Pacific region. The company said the investment will expand support for its SOC in Chennai, India and Tokyo, Japan.

Peter Sparkes, Symantec APAC cybersecurity services senior director, said the opening of the latest SOC will help further address the growing security threats that businesses continue to face daily.

"Singapore SOC is important to us as it really helps us fill out the region, but also we have great people joining the team from other SOCs as well as from Singapore itself," he said.

"It's been designed to service our customers not only just in Singapore but also throughout the ASEAN and greater China regions. It works in combination with all the other security operation centres."

The facility will be responsible for collecting data logs every three to five minutes from customers, which it will then process, evaluate, pattern match, and report back to customers so that they can shorten the time between detection and response to threats.

Sparkes revealed the next phase of the company's SOC expansion will be to double the headcount in its Chenai and Tokyo SOCs over the next year. He added there are also plans to head to Europe, with more facilities planned to be opened within the next 12 months.

Last August, Symantec pumped AU$12 million into the opening of its Sydney-based SOC. It was launched to monitor the whole of the Asia-Pacific region, and provide analysis, engineering and service capabilities, and technical and training support in seven languages.

Aimee Chanthadavong travelled to Singapore for the opening of the security operations centre with Symantec.