Thursday, January 30, 2014

Posting Results for the 2014 JAE and JPSAE

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will release the posting results for the 2014 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, at 8.00 am.

Source: MOE Web Site.

For those who have chosen Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 course, we wish you all the best.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

DISM Final Year Project Sharing - Uncovering the Masqueraded Code

Project Title: Uncovering the Masqueraded Code Project
Categories: Masqueraded Code, Code Analyser.
Students:  Li Hong Sheng Gabriel, Leong Jian Hao and Han Xing Jie.

Li Hong Sheng Gabriel, Leong Jian Hao and Han Xing Jie
Masqueraded code is represented in a form that does not resemble a piece of code. The original data could be code, plaintext, etc. This presents a feeling of uncertainty over the content and intent of the data. Website administrators, in particular, would be greatly concerned about the data that users are sending to their servers, especially due to the proliferation of SQL-injection attacks.

Web-based attacks are being more rampant with the increasing popularity of the internet. The types of attacks are being more sophisticated as well. There is no simple way to secure web applications or ensure the legitimacy of user input. Among these attacks, masqueraded code is the most common technique that attackers would use to bypass security controls. Hence, detecting and uncovering masqueraded code is paramount in enhancing the security of web applications.
The objective of this project is to develop an algorithm that can be used to detect masqueraded code and de-masquerade it. A proof-of-concept will be developed consisting of the algorithm to showcase the functionality of what the algorithm can achieve.

Potential Opportunities
The de-masquerading algorithm can be applied in commercial applications (e.g. website back-end databases) to enhance the identification of possible web-attacks.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NUS preparatory programme - Gabriel Li

Congratulations to our DISM year-3 student, Gabriel Li, who has successfully completed the NUS preparatory programme.

About NUS Preparatory Programme
The NUS Information Security Specialisation Preparatory Programme is open to students pursuing a diploma in information security related studies at local Polytechnics and who meet the admission requirements of this preparatory programme.

This programme aims at nurturing talented students with firm computing foundations and competent IT skills so as to contribute to the development and management of infocomm security.

Admission Requirements
Students will be admitted to the preparatory programme at the end of their first year in polytechnic study. The admission criteria are as follows:
  • A student has attained an aggregate point of not more than 10 in his GCE 'O' level, scoring at least A2 grade for both his Elementary Mathematics and Additional Mathematics subjects.
  • A student must enrol in an infocomm security diploma and must have attained a GPA of at least 3.7 for the first year of his study in polytechnic.
For more info, please visit this URL.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) in DISM Course

"Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a term for software and products services combining security information management (SIM) and security event manager (SEM). SIEM technology provides real-time analysis of security alerts generated by network hardware and applications."

Source - Wikipedia.org

At SP's Cyber Wargame Centre (CWC), students will be able to learn about SIEM technology in our Cyberwatch Competency Centre(CCC). These include the basics of correlation of events, real-time monitoring and presentation of information from network and security devices using SIEM technology. Students will understand the key characteristics of log auditing, event management, and how to handle the situation as the incident responders to contain the incident and plan for the recovery steps.

In the corporate world, many have built Security Operations Centres (SOCs) to implement technology such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, anti-virus technologies, etc. However, this is not enough. In order to further secure the network it requires SIEM technology to correlate events and centralize the security monitoring, analysis and thus providing effective incident response.

SP has been working closely with our technology partner, e-Cop, in the SIEM area. In our CCC (which essentially is our SOC with SIEM technology) we have the capability and flexibility to generate different types of attack traffic patterns on the network, allowing students to have realistic scenarios. In turn, students will be able to have hands-on practical sessions to analyse and respond to the incidents. Follow-up action including securing the network perimeter devices and servers can then be carried-out. We do not perform "paper exercise" as we wants our students to understand, learn and appreciate what is "incident response" in the real world.

To illustrate the design flexibility in our CCC, we can create a scenario that simulate the Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS), and teach our students how to response to such incident in our CCC. However, you can't "SIMULATE" such attack on the "live" network (it will never be allowed) and then expect students to learn monitoring and perform incident response on the "live" network. Perhaps it is possible through "paper exercise".

Therefore, it is important to understand that the SIEM technology plays a crucial role in the corporate's SOC. DISM students has the opportunity to learn about SIEM technology in our state-of-the-art facility and we hope to give students market-relevant experience to groom them to be the next generation of IT security thought leaders.

KPMG sets up cyber security defence centre in Singapore - ComputerWorld

Need to update your IT staff on cybersecurity matters or just to attend a refresher course? Now companies in Singapore can go to a new centre where they can get trained to upgrade their cyber defence capabilities.

Set up by KPMG in Singapore with the support of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the KPMG Cyber Security Centre (CSC) hopes to empower companies with the means to take charge of their own cyber defence.

The KPMG Cyber Security Centre (CSC) in Singapore serves as a competency development centre and testbed for next-generation cyber security projects to develop cyber threat detection and incident response expertise and intellectual properties.

For full article, please visit this URL.

Empowering companies in their cyber security defence - KPMG

14 Jan 2014. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, KPMG in Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to help companies here strengthen cyber defence.

Set up by KPMG in Singapore with the support of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the key focus of the KPMG Cyber Security Centre (CSC) launched today lies in empowering companies with the means to take charge of their own cyber defence.

The learning process that KPMG envisions will not only involve formal lessons, but also provide participants an opportunity to test their skills through cyber war gaming exercises. These will take place at the Singapore Polytechnic's (SP) Cyber Wargame Centre, with whom KPMG has recently concluded another agreement for this training.

Mr Liew Chin Chuan, Course Manager for the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management at SP said, "We are pleased to be supporting KPMG in their programme, and in this opportunity to provide practicing cyber security professionals realistic scenarios with which to enhance their learning."

For the full press release, please refer to this URL.

Training boost for cyber security - The Straits Times

16 Jan 2014. The push to train more specialists in cyber security here to tackle the growing menace of online attacks has received a major boost.

Two new training schemes are about the get underway, backed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

The Cyber Security Centre set up by professional services firm KPMG will run a six-month course annually for about 10 to 15 participants. The first course is expected to start after March and will be run in conjunction with Singapore Polytechnic. The course will involve classroom learning, cyber security project implementation and cyber gaming exercise at the polytechnic's Cyber Wargame Centre.

The other initiative is being run by FireEye, a leading security firm that speacilises in detecting emerging cyber weapons.

For full article, please refer to The Straits Times.

KPMG centre to train cyber security execs - The Business Times

15 Jan 2014. KPMG has launched a Cyber Security Centre to help companies train their professionals and upgrade their cyber defence capabilities. Set up with the support of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic, the centre is launching its first initiative, a six-month programme for cyber security professionals, this month.

NS: the programme includes cyber gaming exercise at SP's Cyber Wargame Centre.

KPMG offers IT security training programme in Singapore - zdnet.com

KPMG in Singapore has launched a six-month cybersecurity training programme, which will include a simulated attack exercise, touted to help businesses better prep their employees amid increasing security attacks.

The six-month capability development programme will focus on three key areas including training participants in the deployment of business frameworks to detect cybersecurity threats as well as in identifying and analyzing malware threats. It will also include simulation exercises which will be held at Singapore Polytechnic's Cyber Wargame Centre, offering participants a platform to test their skills in realistic cybersecurity wargames.

Liew Chin Chuan, course manager for the polytechnic's Diploma in Infocomm Security Management, said in the release: "Going beyond theory into real-life application is important to becoming a better cybersecurity professional. The Cyber Wargame Centre is equipped with a 'Cyber Range' that is able to simulate large-scale cyberattacks and the latest threats in as realistic a manner as possible."

For full artcicles, please visit this URL.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SP Course & Career Seminar

This seminar features talks by experts from the various SP Schools on important topics such as courses offered, career opportunities and scholarships. It will help your child to make an informed choice. Our lecturers and students will also be on site to provide course counselling and provide answers to all your burning questions about SP and poly education.

Course counselling is available from 10am to 6pm at the SP Convention Centre during the JAE application period and will be extended till 10pm on 15 Jan 2014 (Wed).

Cyber Wargame Centre @ Singapore Polytechnic

The Cyber Wargame Centre @ Singapore Polytechnic is a suite of facilities for Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 students from the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology. The centre, which is the FIRST of its kind in local tertiary education institutes, trains students to handle real-world cyber security scenarios, with a different learning space for each aspect.

The Cyber Range sees students practicing ethical hacking, the Cyberwatch Competency Centre gives access to defensive technologies, the Malware Analysis Lab allows students to "play" with malicious software safely and the Forensics Investigation Lab teaches both mobile and computer/digital forensics.

One of the important questions to ask in choosing which security diploma to pursue, is the availability of facilities to students to practice security related skills, ranging from ethical hacking, malware analysis, to security incident management, etc. As such, it is crucial to establish the fact between "labs already in operation" versus "labs still in development".

SP always pride itself as it always remain at the technology frontier and the staff continue to keep abreast with the latest IT security related technologies. Most importantly, the ultimate beneficiaries are our students, which will receive quality education and training at Singapore Polytechnic.

Broad-based Pre-University Curriculum Helps Students Thrive - news.asia1.com

SINGAPORE - Broad-based pre-university curriculum with less focus on exams helps students thrive.

Interesting quotes from the articles:

"Students must learn, acquire and develop that range of skills to do well. That in itself, though challenging for students, could be engaging and motivating at the same time."

"Students are empowered to improve their learning as they are not just checking for correct and incorrect responses but are reflecting on their responses and attempting to improve their work."

"All students mature at different rates and finding a passion for study, along with a deeper understanding of concepts and a greater capacity for learning, comes to some later than others."

For the full article, please visit this URL.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) @ SP

The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) coordinated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) is for Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level holders.

Registration for courses opens at 3.00pm on the day (13 Jan 2014) of the release of the 'O' Level results and lasts for 5 calendar days. The JAE booklet (application procedures, information on entry requirements, etc.) will be made available to you when you collect your 'O' Level results.

During the JAE, our counsellors will be at our JAE Centre to answer your questions and advise you on the tertiary opportunities available at SP. If you are interested to know more about Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54, come down to SP and speak to our course advisors.

Choosing an Infocomm Security Diploma Course

Diploma Course
Studying for an IT security-related diploma is a significant investment of your time, money and resources. It is better to understand the value that you would be able to generate with the course. A common concern seen among students is the choice between Infocomm Security Management versus  IT security centric (network security or forensics focused) diploma courses. There is no one fit solution for all students. You have to consider various factors before selecting one over the other.

The background of a student plays the most important role in choosing the diploma course. For example, students with interests and strong foundation in networking would naturally choose network security related diploma course. But many students who just completed their GCE “O” level may not have yet to realise their area of interest and may not be able to decide on which course to choose. For those students who are interested in IT security, it is advisable to build their foundations before they move on to specialise in a specific IT security field.

Holistic Education
SP's holistic education equips students with a total skill set, consisting of technical skills, knowledge skills and soft skills. This is done through our unique scenario-based training in DISM which will develop critical thinking skills of students and help them to become a life-long learner. The general education (GenEd) emphasises the cultivation of life-skills such as teamwork, resilience, problem-solving and decision-making.

Broad-based Curriculum
The Curriculum plays a major role in the learning process. DISM focuses on three main skill sets: Offensive, Defensive and Investigative. The first year include the general curriculum where students establish the fundamentals of information technology that includes computer architecture and operating system, networking fundamentals, linux administration, etc.

The second year has more security related modules such as Ethical Hacking and Defences, Applied Cryptography, Computer Forensics, Programming using Perl and C, etc. Third year is the most crucial year when you put all the skills and knowledge together to do your final year project plus some modules. You also choose your specialisation: either in Security Incident Management or Forensics and Investigation.

Career Goals
The essays and Interviews would have forced you to think about your career goals in detail. When you are being asked about your career aspiration, you would be expected to think of something related to your long-term and short-term career goals, as well as objectives, based on your career path planning. It is very important for one to plan ahead. If you choose a diploma course that is too specific (such as network security or forensics centric) at the early stage, you have to consider the job prospects and opportunities. In other words, your choice of jobs will be limited.

In Singapore, almost all IT security related jobs require the practitioners to be multi-skilled, that is, the ability to perform multiple IT security related tasks in a single job. So it means that broad-based training gives you the competitive edge you need to secure a job.

So, which course? 
Consider your interest, your academic strengths, your desired career, and the diploma course that would help you reach your career goals.

Choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Paraben Handheld Device Forensics

"Mobile device forensics is a branch of digital forensics relating to recovery of digital evidence or data from a mobile device under forensically sound conditions. The phrase mobile device usually refers to mobile phones; however, it can also relate to any digital device that has both internal memory and communication ability, including PDA devices, GPS devices and tablet computers."
Source: Wikipedia.org

Paraben's Project-A-Phone device
At SP, we use Paraben's Device Seizure® software to analyse handheld devices including mobile phone,PDA's, SIM cards, GPS devices and hybrid devices. Paraben has been the leader in mobile forensic technology and training since 2002. SP is the one and only institute of higher learning in Singapore to use Paraben's curriculum to teach our students on the topic of mobile and handheld device forensics.

Paraben's Mobile Forensic Kit with rugged notebook computer
All our DISM students may choose to learn the skills of mobile and handheld device forensics. This ensures that your skill set is current and relevant when you join the rank of forensic practitioners in the IT security industry.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Forensic Investigation Lab & Computer/Digital Forensics

"Computer forensics (sometimes known as computer forensic science) is a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage media. The goal of computer forensics is to examine digital media in a forensically sound manner with the aim of identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing and presenting facts and opinions about the information."
Forensics Investigation Lab @ Cyber Wargame Centre
-- Source: Wikipedia.org

In this fast moving and dynamic digital age, the information stored on digital devices reveals many details about what has been done and where one has been to. The authorities use this information to identify and convict people who break the law. To help them, they need skilled professionals who can gather and interpret this data.  As such, we strongly believe that computer/digital forensics is ONE OF THE MANY important skill sets that an information security practitioners should possess.

Screen shot of Encase® Forensic software
At SP, we use EnCase® Forensic software to analyse digital media. EnCase® Forensic software is the global standard in digital investigation technology for forensic practitioners who need to conduct efficient, forensically-sound data collection and investigations using a repeatable and defensible process.

This means that all DISM students will be trained in using the EnCase® Forensic software, the industry grade software and de-facto standard, to perform the computer forensics processes. It ensures that your skill set is current and relevant when you enter the job market.

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certification

At SP, we offer this programme to all our DISM students. You have a chance to obtain a professional certification in computer/digital forensics while studying for your Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) diploma.

Remember, we are the "one and only polytechnic" in Singapore to work with EC-Council under the Academia Partner Programme. Students only need to pay the discounted price (pay only about 10% of the commercial course fee) for the on-line study materials that comes with a complimentary examination voucher.

In addition, you also need to consider addtional training such as mobile/handheld/smart devices forensics and malware reverse engineering as these skills are usually required for computer-related forensics investigation. We offer these modules in our DISM curriculum.

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI Training and Certification Program. Computer Security and Computer investigations are changing terms. More tools are invented daily for conducting Computer Investigations, be it computer crime, digital forensics, computer investigations, or even standard computer data recovery, The tools and techniques covered in EC-Council’s CHFI program will prepare the student to conduct computer investigations using groundbreaking digital forensics technologies.
Computer Investigation
Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. CHFI investigators can draw on an array of methods for discovering data that resides in a computer system, or recovering deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information known as computer data recovery.

Electronic evidence is critical in the following situations
• Disloyal employees
• Computer break-ins
• Possession of pornography
• Breach of contract
• Industrial espionage
• E-mail Fraud
• Bankruptcy
• Disputed dismissals
• Web page defacements
• Theft of company documents

Information/Infocomm Security Course (COP 2013)

Information/Infocomm Security Course (COP 2013)
Below is a table showing the Cut-Off-Point (nka Last Aggregate Point) for the information/infocomm security course among the polytechnics. 

Course NamePolyCodeCOP 2012COP 2013
Cyber & Digital Security TPT151718
Infocomm Security Management SPS541413
Information Security NYPC541920

* COP is based on ELR2B2
Source: http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/polyguide/JAE.html

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Release of GCE 'O' Level Examination Results on 13 January 2014

The results of the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 13 January 2014.

School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 13 January 2014.

Private candidates will be informed of their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 13 January 2014.

Source: MOE Web Site

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Head start with SMU-SIS Advanced Placement Programme

SP announces the SMU-SIS Advanced Placement (AP) Programme for students of  Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT), Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) and Diploma in Information Technology (DIT). 

The AP programme allows students with good academic results from the Singapore Polytechnic, School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) in their Year 2 and Year 3 to take up selected two to three university-level courses (equivalent to "modules" in polytechnic) at the Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems (SMU-SIS).

Students can join the AP programme at the end of their first year in polytechnic study. The admission criteria are as follows:
  • A student has attained an aggregate point of not more than 12 in his/her GCE 'O' level, scoring at least A2 grade for both his/her Elementary Mathematics and Additional Mathematics subjects.
  • A student must enrol in DBIT/DISM/DIT diploma and must have attained a GPA of at least 3.7 for the first year of his/her study in polytechnic.
This programme gives students the special opportunity to take one course each in the second and third year of study here in SP. Imagine the chance to be immersed in University classes and interact with undergraduates well before your peers! This will help the student in gaining a better chance to enter SMU for further studies.

Singapore Polytechnic Open House 2014

SP+U..With SP, It's So Possible

The Singapore Polytechnic Open House is here again!
The Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Open House will take place on 9, 10 & 11 January 2014.

The main purpose of the SP Open House is to share with potential students and their parents SP’s holistic education experience so that they can make an informed choice for their future. It is also an occasion for SP to showcase the best of Team SP.

The theme of this year’s campaign is SP+U..With SP, It’s So Possible.  SP aims to communicate the success that prospective students and parents can look forward to, through the unique and authentic partnership with SP.  Find out how this partnership between SP and students, alumni, parents, lecturers has helped realize dreams, unleash potential and ignite passion at www.aspirations.sg.

Jan 09, 2013 - Jan 11, 2013
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road Singapore Polytechnic
6775 1133

Please visit this URL for more details.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

DISM Course Counselling

Do you have a burning question about Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54, poly education, further education or career choices open to you after O levels? Visit the SP Open House @ SP Convention Centre and talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors who will be most delighted to advise you.

What are the questions you should be asking:

- Availability of learning facilities (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Wargame Centre)
- Continuing Education and Training (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Security Academy)
- Last aggregate score of the course (NS: Lower last aggregate score means better students in the cohort)
- Qualification and experience of lecturers (NS: IT security-related certifications that they hold)
- Advanced standing with universities (NS: Not school level but course level)
- Cohort success rate (NS: Complete the course within the stipulated 3 year duration).
- Progression rate to universities (NS: How many students go to universities)
- IT security-related professional certifications for students (NS: Should be IT security-related and not other general networking certifications)
- Scholarships available to course students (NS: Not school level but course level)
- Scholars in the course (NS: Not poly/school level but course level), such as the Integrated Infocomm Scholarships and National Infocomm Scholarships.

Giving you one example, in year 2010, SP was awarded 16 Integrated Infocomm Scholarships representing 50% of total number of scholarships awarded by iDA to all 5 polytechnics' students. Among the 16 scholarships, 6 of the recipients were DISM students. This number is at course level and not school/poly level.

If you are a high-achiever, consider a course with a lower last aggregate score. In year 2012, DISM has a last aggregate score of 13. With a lower last aggregate point, the learning experience will be more stimulating and exciting because you know the the course will offer you the best potential, scope and knowledge. It also stretches you and your talent which eventually will offer you many open doors to move on to the next milestone.

So don't hesitate, choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 as your FIRST CHOICE now.

If you have further questions, you can talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors during the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) at SP Convention Centre (SPCC).

Friday, January 3, 2014

What so SPecial about DISM (S54)

What so SPecial about DISM (S54)
Frequently, we are being asked this question, "What is so special about DISM (S54)"?

Below are some answers to the question:

1) First to establish Cyber Security Academy in Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore.
- the centre was launched recently on the 18 Dec 2013.

2) First to establish Cyber Wargame Centre in Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore.
- the centre was launched on the 3 Jan 2013.

3) First to sign Memorandum-of-Understanding (MOU) with Ixia to provide Cyber Range (Essential and Advanced) curriculum for adult learners.

4) First polytechnic in Singapore to use Ixia's product with the capabilities of generating realistic large-scale cyber-attacks of up to 7.5 million users to assess the resiliency of IT systems against such attacks.
- this marks the first time the technology is being deployed in an Institute of Higher Learning anywhere in the world.

5) First polytechnic in Singapore to use the training curriculum from Paraben Inc. in the area of mobile/handheld device forensics.
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Paraben's Handheld Forensic curriculum.

6) First to sign Memorandum-of-Understanding (MOU) with security vendor, e-Cop
- to establish a Cyberwatch Competency Centre which leverages e-Cop solutions built on Microsoft platforms - the first of its kind in this region.

7) First to sign Memorandum-of-Cooperation (MOC) with EC-Council under Academia Programme
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course.
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigor (CHFI) course.
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) course.

8) First to sign Memorandum-of-Cooperation (MOC) with ThinkSECURE
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Organizational Systems Security Analyst (OSSA) course.
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to offer the Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA) course.

9) First to partner with ThinkSECURE to organize a wireless hacking tourament in Singapore
- one and only polytechnic in Singapore to work with ThinkSECURE to co-organize an event at the regional level which attracted many teams from the neighbouring countries.

10) First to have security diploma students to be accepted into the NUS Prep Programme

11) High number of Integrated Infocomm Scholars - IIS

12) High number of National Infocomm Scholars - NIS

...... and many more.......

Thursday, January 2, 2014

DISM Overseas ITP - New Zealand

From our DISM year-3 students, currently doing Overseas ITP in New Zealand.

"Hello, we are Ritchie, Jun Yuan, Han Yi and Qi Wei from DISM/FT/3B/02. We are currently in an overseas industrial training programme (OITP) at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand.

Jun Yuan and Han Yi are working on setting up a software defined network which utilises OpenFlow. Ritchie and Qi Wei is helping on a client honeypot project known as YALIH. During our stay here, we are fortunate enough to have a 2 weeks break over Christmas. We were encouraged to seize the opportunity to tour around New Zealand. Therefore, we ventured down to South Island.

The first day of our trip didn’t went as expected. The weather wasn’t good so the flight had to transit at Invercargill followed by a 3 hour bus ride to Queenstown. Our first destination, Wanaka, is an hour bus ride from Queenstown. When we arrived at Wanaka, we were amazed by the scenery of Lake Wanaka but it was freezing cold even during summer.

Here are some of the pictures we took:

5:30am in Wellington outside hostel
At the summit of Mt. Iron in Wanaka after 1 hour 30 minutes of trekking.
DISM Year-3 students (L to R): Ritchie Lam,
Oh Han Yi, Chan Jun Yuan and Lai Qi Wei.
Puzzling World after Mt Iron.

After our South Island trip, we went north to Auckland in a 3 hours plane ride from Queenstown. We went on a 1 day guided tour to Waitomo and Rotorua. Waitomo is famous for its glow-worm caves which is unique only to Australia and New Zealand however we are not allowed to take photos during our boat ride in the cave.

Alpaca trying hard to be kangaroo.
Pohutu Geyser: view from Whakarewarewa thermal village.
 Sulfur too strong, humans too weak.
Overall, it was an awesome (kiwis love this word) experience touring around stepping on cow dung in farms and breathing in the smell of burning tires. We would like to thank both Singapore Polytechnic and VUW for this opportunity."

Why Choose DISM (S54) course?

Being a Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) student gives you the competitive edge for a boost in both your future studies and career. We give you :
  • Learning Throught Wargaming
  • Head start in NUS even before you graduate
  • Get yourself recognised by the industry (Professional Security Certifications)
  • Comprehensive training in Infocomm security management
  • Exciting range of activities beyond the curriculum
  • Industry and Security Experience for Final Year Projects and Internship
  • Good Career Prospects
Learning Throught Wargaming
Test your skills against your peers in our newly launched Cyber Wargame Centre - the state-of-the-art facility. Build up your defences, launch offensive attacks on your targets, and delve into the intriguing world of forensics investigation, all in the format of cyber wargame scenarios.

Head start in NUS even before you graduate
Students who meet NUS’ programme criteria can choose join the NUS-Poly Preparatory Programme. This programme gives you the special opportunity to take one NUS module each in your second and third year of study here in SP. Imagine the chance to be immersed in University classes and interact with undergraduates well before your peers! Upon successfully completion of the programme, you will be eligible to enroll into NUS’ Bachelor of Computing degree programme through special admission!!
Get yourself recognised by the industry (Professional Security Certifications)
You will have opportunities to embark on external industry recognised IT Security certification programmes like:
  • CompTIA Security+
  • EC Council Certified Ethical Hacking
  • EC Council Certified Hacking Forensics Investigation
  • EC Council Certified Security Analyst
  • ThinkSECURE Organizational Systems Security Analyst
  • ThinkSECURE Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer
  • Paraben Handheld Forensics Certification
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer
  • And more...

Additionally, DISM students who have performed exceptionally well in their first year of study are offered the opportunity to embark on the Diploma-Plus Programme to pursue additional certifications in the subsequent years.

Comprehensive training in Infocomm security management
The DISM curriculum offers a comprehensive coverage of Infocomm security management. To prepare you for both further studies and working life, the DISM curriculum covers the important areas of security technology, security management, information technology, law and teamwork and communications. In addition, you get to select one of two specialisations in your third year.
  • Security Incident Management
  • Forensics and Investigation
Exciting range of activities beyond the curriculum
We will give you a unique and rewarding DISM course experience by providing numerous opportunities for you to be exposed to real-world situations through experiential learning, such as the planning and organising of IT Security Awareness Day and School Cybersafety talks to promote greater awareness of IT security among the community, embarking on field trips to relevant organisations as well as overseas trips and security competitions to gain a first-hand experience and learning through the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Industry and Security Experience for Final Year Projects and Internship
In your final year, you have the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and polish the skills you acquired in DISM by working on your Final-Year Project (FYP) and undergoing a 24-week Internship Programme with reputable organisations.

Good Career Prospects
You can look forward to respectable and exciting careers such as IT Security Consultants, Forensics Investigators/Specialists, Security or System Administrators and IT Auditors. You will be in demand in various industries like IT security solution providers, auditing and consultancy firms, and also any organisation that requires IT security services.

Further Education
You will have ample opportunities to further your studies both locally and overseas with generous advanced standings. Besides the local universities, you can also embark on various undergraduate courses in Infocomm Security, Digital Systems Security, Computer Forensics and Security Management with reputable foreign universities in Australia, UK and the United States.