Monday, May 31, 2010

Cyberspace Defender In The Making

31 May 2010. They are young, determined and passionate. And they’ve dedicated their lives to fighting the world’s biggest Black Hat Hackers too.

Meet Tan Jingwei and Priscilla Ng – the bright, young sparks of Infocomm Security Management (DISM) course – who are set to be the future players of the infocomm industry.

Jingwei, who graduated a year ago, was recently awarded the IDA National Infocomm Scholarship. From his first day at SP, Jingwei has aspired to be the Government’s Chief Information Security Officer and manage the security of critical infocomm infrastructure. He will be heading for the Royal Holloway, University of London, which is renowned for its computer security programme.

Says Jingwei: “SP gave me a steady foundation in terms of infocomm training. The lecturers are always willing to go the extra mile to help me take my skills to another level. There are also many opportunities where you can gain knowledge beyond the classroom, such as being involved in international conferences and competitions.”

Meanwhile, Priscilla Ng also shares Jingwei’s vision of “fighting the hackers on the frontline”. One of the first students in her course selected to join the NUS Preparatory Programme, she admits that she “knew nuts about IT and computing” before entering SP.

“Three years later, I’ve learnt a lot about applications, networks and programming. I've also experienced the importance of self-discovery and reading beyond the textbooks,” she says.

The NUS Preparatory Programme is unique to DISM, where students study NUS-offered modules while studying in SP. Upon completion of the programme, they will have special admission considerations to the school itself.

“I like the challenge of dealing with new technology and security issues,” shared Priscilla, when asked what keeps her interested in the infocomm industry. “Determination and inspiration are important to spur us on in this industry. IT is constantly evolving, and we must never stop learning if we want to catch up.”

(Reprinted from "fullStoP" magazine.)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Certified Ethical Hackers Are Here

Four Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) students are the first in DMIT to be Certified Ethical Hackers.

Four Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) graduating students from School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) were in the Infocomm Security Labs taking the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) professional certification examination administered by DMIT staff. The intense look on their faces immediately turned to one of relief when the results of their gruelling exam flashed on their screen. They passed the CEH exam!

The CEH Program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. A CEH is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker.

The four DISM graduating students, Tan Jun Hao, Tan Rongshun, Lim Seok Min and Ong Jing Rong were the first group of DISM students who took the CEH challenge and aced the examination.

"DISM course curriculum has provided me a strong foundation in IT security. With this strong foundation, it has placed me in a good position to take the CEH certification." said Tan Jun Hao.

By earning the CEH Certification, students not just gain the technical knowledge and skills in the infocomm security domain, they also earn a professional title that employers recognize and respect.

“We are proud to be the first and only Academia Partner of EC-Council in Singapore. Now DMIT joins other leading academic institutions in offering the CEH training programme to our students. Furthermore, the CEH programme has been accepted into Singapore's National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) Infocomm professional competency requirement list. As such, we are producing graduates that are well-equipped, ready to join and contribute to the infocomm security industry in Singapore.” said Ms Georgina Phua, Director, DMIT.