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Singapore Management University established the Secure Mobile Centre (SMC) on 15 October 2014 following an announcement by the National Research Foundation (NRF) on awarded projects under the National Cybersecurity R&D inaugural grant call for proposals.

The Centre was among seven research projects totalling SGD $42 million in funding selected by the NRF to develop research expertise and capabilities in Cybersecurity for Singapore.



To create novel technologies and solutions to secure different layers of mobile computing systems via the implementation of a holistic, end-to-end approach to mobile computing security
To assess the scalability and usability of these technologies and solutions through collaborations with public and private sectors to conduct experiments in real world settings
To train high-quality cybersecurity professionals with strong technological expertise so as to effectively mitigate and respond to attacks by hackers and cyber-terrorists



To conduct and trial the R&D projects

  • ST Electronics (Info-Security) Pte Ltd
  • Acronis
  • i-Sprint Innovations


To bridge research outcomes with practical needs

  • Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA)
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Not only do mobile devices and applications present a unique set of risks for individual's privacy, but also new security challenges to enterprise information systems. The purpose of SMU’s Secure Mobile Centre is to address these security needs with the aim of making Singapore a more sustainable, secure, robust and resilient nation.
Vice Provost (Research)
Founding Dean, School of Information Systems (2003 - 2016)
Professor of Information Systems (Practice)
Singapore Management University


Information security has become a paramount concern in today’s digital age. As mobile computing evolves rapidly, both emerging opportunities and risks leave much room for exploration by security experts and exploitation by hackers.
Robert DENG
Professor of Information Systems
Director, Secure Mobile Center
School of Information Systems
Singapore Management University



Last updated on 10 Apr 2019 .