Monday, December 29, 2014

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 (for working adults) 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.

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.......

Friday, December 26, 2014

What is ASIPRE in Singapore all about?

ASPIRE is the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review.

The Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee, chaired by Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, began its work in January 2014. The Committee was tasked to study how applied education in the polytechnics and ITE could be enhanced by:
  • Better matching students’ strengths and interests to applied education pathways to enable them to maximise their potential;
  • Exploring deeper school-industry collaborations so that polytechnic and ITE students can learn deep skills and enjoy better career progression; and
  • Enhancing industry partnerships to raise the quality of teaching and learning for polytechnic and ITE students.

Source: http://www.moe.gov.sg/aspire/aspire-report-online/

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Launch of Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security Management

Specialist Diploma in CYBER SECURITY MANAGEMENT for working adults.

With the proliferation of computers and mobile devices, the need for security is rapidly gaining significance where confidential information and critical infrastructure face risks of being hacked. Malware, social engineering, infrastructure destruction, cyberterrorism, system and application exploits are threatening individuals and corporations daily. If these threats are not mitigated, there would be disastrous consequences.

Singapore government understands the importance of managing these security threats; hence announced the latest National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018 with one of the key areas of focus on growing the country’s pool of cyber security experts.

The new Specialist Diploma course in Cyber Security Management is designed to train working IT professionals in the important areas of cyber security in response to the Masterplan.

Course Objectives
The course is designed to teach students essential technical skills to secure computer and network resources and to handle cyber range exercises. Students will also learn how to apply the principles and practices of infocomm security management, and to carry out the forensics process in computers and mobile devices.

Suitable for
This course is suitable for working adults in the infocomm industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge in infocomm security.

Course Outline
This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises two modules and the details are as follows:

Semester One
PDC 1 Certificate in Infocomm Security and Defences

Module 1 - Infocomm Security and Network Essentials
Module 2 - Cyber Defence and Range Exercises

Semester Two
PDC2 Certificate in Security Incident Management
Module 3 - Digital Forensics and Investigation
Module 4 - Security Policy and Incident Management

Registration opening date:
12 Dec 2014

Registration Closing Date:
18 Jan 2015

Course Commencement:
20 Apr 2015

Class schedule:
3 evenings a week
7pm – 10pm

For more information on the Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security Management, please visit this URL.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

One of the important factors in considering which diploma course to select is the financial support. At SP, we understand your needs and we make education as affordable as we can.

Outstanding students in SP get selected for the SP Scholars Programme to challenge, develop and maximise their personal, intellectual and leadership potential. They also get to take part in the SP Outstanding Talent (SPOT) programme which invokes them in global current affairs and grooms them into a new generation of thinkers and leaders. On top of it, SP scholars also receive full tuition fee sponsorship and one-time laptop subsidy!

 Visit our SP website to know more about the Scholarships.

Visit our SP website to know more about the Financial Assistance Scheme.

For potential DISM students, you can also consider to apply for the following scholarships: 
  • SP Scholarship
  • Integrated Infocomm Scholarship
  • National Infocomm Schalarship

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best IT SECURITY diploma course

At SP, we provide you with the best IT SECURITY diploma course. See the reasons below:

1) State-of-the-art learning spaces (Cyber Wargame Centre, CWC).
2) Experienced, skilled and caring lecturers.
3) Current and relevant curriculum with holistic education.
4) Unleashed your potentials through wargaming.
5) Ready for work, life and world.
6) Improve your employability and market value.
7) Two qualifications await you: both academic and professional certifications.
8) Yes, DISM (S54) is the right choice for you. The fast track to IT security career/education.

Most importantly, we have proven track records and high cohort success rate for students who choose to proceed to study with local/overseas universities. If you need more information, come to Singapore Polytechnic Open House 2015.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FIVE (5) Things You Probably Didn't Know About Our Course (DISM)

1. DISM is different from secondary school because …
Unlike a typical classroom lesson, lessons here are pretty much hands on! At DISM, we train you to combat cyber crime by putting you through different scenarios of cyber crime. Each scenario has its own set of challenges and you will have to adopt different strategies to solve them. We also have a league competition where students pit their skills against one another and are awarded points on completion of each scenario. Apart from winning points, students often feel a great sense of achievement once they have conquered a scenario!

2. A lot of your time will be spent in …
The Cyber Wargame Centre! As the name suggests, it is literally a game of war in cyberspace. During lessons, you will be given cyber crime scenarios to tackle. In every scenario, there will always be the good guys (defenders), the bad guys (attackers) and the cops (investigators). You will play any one of these roles and will attempt to penetrate enemy defences, defend yourself against intruders, or be the detective to find out how and why the cyber crime took place.

3. A lot of your time will be spent on …
Finding security vulnerabilities! This is where you start looking for loopholes in computer systems - both your own and others. Once you have discovered these loopholes, you’ll then have to figure out how to “patch” these holes up. In the professional world, companies often conduct security assessments to test the strength of their security network and to plug any gaps that they might find.

4. The fun thing about DISM is …
You’ll get to play the role of cyber cop! By playing detective, you’ll enter a cyber crime situation to find out how and why the crime could have happened. Once you have found the answers, you will then be able to advise people on how to prevent similar situations from happening.

5. To do well in this profession, you must be able to…
Work in a group and under stress! You will often be working in a team to stop cybercrime, so your ability to communicate with your teammates could determine the success or failure of the mission. Also, cybercrimes must be stopped quickly. It is therefore important that you work quickly and not lose focus!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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 including their track records.

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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top 10 Reasons why SP is Awesome!

1) Meaningful overseas experience: We take pride in being a caring community. Many
 meaningful community service opportunities, both local and overseas service trips are offered.

2) MRT at SP: It’s convenient! We’re located right next to Dover MRT Station. Rain or shine, no sweat!

3) Pioneers: Established in 1954, SP is the country’s first polytechnic. Till date, we have produced close to 178,000 graduates.
4) Fun at SP: From a gym, to a jamming room, a skate park and even a bowling alley, we have it all! Not to mention an  Olympic-sized pool! We also have an awesome Sports Hub coming up!

5) Internship: With our diverse connections and healthy relationships with industrial partners, we offer many local and overseas internship opportunities. Some students even went to the prestigious Harvard and Yale to learn wonders about their own fields!

6) 49 Diploma Courses: Adding on to our wide and diverse range of courses, students who excel will be invited to take a diploma-plus certificate which gives them an edge upon graduation.

7) Pursue your Passion at SP: We offer a wide spectrum of CCAs for you to choose from. Over 120 to be exact.
8) Food at SP: You would be spoilt for choice during lunchtime as we have 6 different food courts, Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s, Ya Kun and Subway for you to choose from. And yes we have our own Starbucks and Ilao Ilao stall.

9) We go the extra mile: We provide state-of-the-art facilities in order to enhance your learning journey. We are home to the first ever perfumery centre in Asia, a Cyber Wargame Centre and a F1 car simulator. We also have a marine simulator, F16 simulator, MAD studios and a UOB Kay Hian live trading room to help aid your learning.

10) Nice Green Campus: Here in SP, we preserve and replenish our whooping 38-hectare green campus. We are the first polytechnic to recieve the highest accolade in Singapore for achievements in the field of environmental sustainability.

Fun fact: SP is home to some of the rarest species of flora such as the Brown Woolly Fig (Ficus Drupacea)