Thursday, October 21, 2010

AIRRIAD 3 and ITSA Day 2010

IT Security Awareness Day has been a regular event organised by the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) since 2006. Organised by the students to promote infocomm security awareness among the staff and students of SP, it has taken various formats over the years. This year we had AirRaid3, an infocomm security tournament jointly organised by ThinkSECURE and Singapore Polytechnic.

On 20 Oct 2010, thirteen local and international teams descended on the Hangout@T21 with one aim : winning the eight-hour AirRaid3 marathon challenge. Armed with software and laptops, teams test their skills against the wired and wireless game infrastructure for the top prize of US$4000 plus valuable network equipment.

Learning about wireless security In conjunction with AirRaid3, the DISM students set up the IT Security Awareness 2010 roadshow. This year's format showcases booths emphasising the importance of strong passwords, firewalls, wireless security and the tricks of social engineering. After visiting the booths, visitors were given the opportunity to test their knowledge on infocomm security.

By the end of the day, students were elated. Nicholas Toh, a Year 2 DISM student who was one of the student organisers, said, "The IT Security Awareness Day cum AirRaid3 event was a blast! IT Security Awareness Day gave us a chance to educate the public what DISM students have learned; AirRaid3 gave us an idea of how a hacking competition is like. This knowledge would allow us to be better prepared for future competitions and bring glory to SP when we win them! Besides the event itself, it was also an opportunity for the seniors and juniors to come together and know each other better. I am glad that I was involved in this meaningful event."

“We were given a chance to apply our knowledge in a real life scenario. All in all, it was a fun and great learning experience,” said Mohamad Daniel Bte Hamid, a final-year DISM student, who participated in AirRaid3.

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