Friday, September 30, 2011

Hacking boosts students' cybersecurity skills

Article By Jamie Yap , ZDNet Asia on September 29, 2011.

Computer hacking skills should be taught to cybersecurity students to "know the enemy" and ensure they will be equipped to effectively prevent and defend against attacks in the real world. But academia and security experts add that schools must emphasize law and ethics so students "don't cross the line" and misuse their hacking abilities.

Liew Chin Chuan, course manager of the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), said as part of the course curriculum, students learn about hacking techniques--which are taught in the context of understanding how hacking attacks are carried out, and the countermeasures that can be put in place to prevent the attacks.

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