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.)

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