Saturday, January 10, 2015

Polys step up cyber security courses to keep up with growing demand: straitstimes.com

More than 30,000 students took the O-level examinations last year and will be receiving their results on Monday. This is the first of a five-part daily series on the results and the developments in the educational institutions that students can join after the examinations. New IT security diploma courses offered, old ones revamped.

On the back of a recent spate of cyber security breaches around the world - including the hacking of Hollywood studio Sony Pictures' systems - organisations from government agencies to financial institutions have been looking to beef up their information technology (IT) security against malicious attacks. And polytechnics in Singapore are leading the charge in grooming IT security professionals, offering new cyber security diploma courses and revamping old ones.

Cyber security courses have been available at the remaining polytechnics - from as early as 2006 for Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and TP, and from 2009 for Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

SP setup a Cyber Wargame Centre two years ago to provide students with realistic environment to handle various scenarios, such as securing networks and investigating cyber crimes. NYP and TP have also adopted similar training facilities this year to bring realism to their courses.

Mr Liew Chin Chuan, course chair for SP's infocomm security management programme, said, "Technology is always evolving and organisations need people who are well-versed in various security issues. These students have to keep up with the changes."

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/polys-step-cyber-security-courses-keep-growing-demand-20150110


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