Thursday, December 29, 2011

EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker V7 has Arrived

29 Dec 2011. The EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7.1 has arrived. It is now avialable to all DISM students under the Academia Partner programme. More details will be provided soon.

Note: SP is the only academic institute in Singapore to provide EC-Council's certification examinations under the Academia Partner programme.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We make you SPecial

Being a DISM student gives you the competitive edge for a boost in your future studies and career. You can look forward to an interesting curriculum that covers offensive attacks, defensive methods and investigative skills.

Choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 as your FIRST CHOICE, the BEST IT Security diploma course.

Some more reasons why you should join us:

Learning Through Wargaming
Test your skills against your peers in our newly designed Cyber Wargame Centre. 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
Be on top of the game and get recognised by the industry through professional industry certifications. No other institutions are quite as ready as us to give you that extra competitive edge!

Certification List
  • 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
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer
  • And more...

Job Opportunities at Singapore Police Force

28 Dec 2011. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is looking for Forensic Examiner/Specialist. One of the requirements is "Diploma in Infocomm Security Management".... so if you are interested, please apply at their website.

SP Open House 2012, 5 Jan to 7 Jan 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Interview on Channel 8 News

26 Dec 2011. DISM lecturer (Samson Yeow) appeared in Mediacorp's Channel 8 News on the topic of Mobile Security (Secure Payment using Smartphone). We will upload the video clip (recording) once we have the clearance.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Learning about infocomm-security through cyber wargames

12 Dec 2011. If you're a geek at heart then you should definitely check out the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management's (DISM) Cyber Wargame Centre (CWC).

An amalgamation of cyber gaming and infocomm security concepts, the centre aims to equip students with the right set of skills to deal with real-world security scenarios such as intrusion detection.

Pit yourself against your coursemates as you alternate between the opposing and defending factions to uncover software loopholes using a simulation-based learning approach.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The facility also boasts of four state-of-the-art laboratories:

1) Cyberwatch Competency Centre - Together with partner e-Cop, this centre is the first-of-its-kind in the region, and a critical component in the cyber wargame pedagogy. Leveraging on e-Cop's solutions deployed on Microsoft platforms, the Cyberwatch Competency Centre will be established on Singapore Polytechnic's campus, giving students direct access to the latest defensive technologies at their fingertips.

2) Offensive Attack Lab - This lab is the perfect place for experiential learning in the area of ethical hacking and secure coding practices.

3) Forensics Investigative Lab - This is the space to learn computer forensics and mobile security; the essential knowledge of investigative skills.

4) Malware Analysis Lab - This is where students can learn malware analysis by reverse-engineering malicious software such as viruses, worms, spy ware or phishing ware.

The DISM course takes on an integrated scenario-based learning approach, creating a realistic environment by providing different scenarios for students to learn how to solve real-life problems in a complex environment.

This learning pedagogy will challenge students' intuition, imagination, knowledge and skills through the cyber wargaming approach.

Students of this course can expect to have direct access to the latest defensive technologies at their fingertips, learn ethical hacking, secure code practices, computer forensics and mobile security, as well as how to reverse engineering malicious software.

Excited? So are we! Now, let the hacking begin.

Source: SPBUZZ, by Sandy Lai, Diploma in Media and Communication, Year 3.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Radio Interview on FM 95.8

Two of our DISM students (Yang XuDong and Max Chee) and DISM lecturer (Samson Yeow) were interviewed by the DJ of FM95.8 on the topic of Internet Safety (Cyber Bullying, Smartphone and Cloud Security).

   Audio Part I
   Audio Part II
  Audio Part III

Monday, December 5, 2011

Radio Interview on FM 93.8

Our DISM student (Max Chee) and DISM course chair (Liew Chin Chuan) were interviewed by the DJ of FM93.8 on the topic of Internet Safety (how to secure your smartphone).

  Audio Part I

  Audio Part II

  Audio Part III

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wanted: 1,000 IT Security Professionals

30 Nov 2011. e-Cop is collaborating with SP to set up the Cyberwatch Competency Centre, which provides the polytechnic's students with hands-on cyber-security training. SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management course accepts 60 students a year. They get to use Cyclops, e-Cop's proprietary tool for managing security incidents.

The security surveillance software guards against potential cyber threats. SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong said students, while interning at e-Cop, will work in real-world scenarios so they will be ready to contribute when they graduate

Read the article on today's The Straits Times - Digital Life, p28 !!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

IT Exposed Class

On 24th Nov, a group of secondary 1 students from various schools including Chinese High and CHIJ attended an introductory course on Computer Forensics conducted by DISM lecturer with the assistance of two DISM year 2 students.

An ongoing introductory lecture

Lecturer Mr. Samson Yeow illustrating the technical basics

The topics covered include deleted file recovery and information hiding (formally known as Steganography) and the course consisted a combination of lectures and practical sessions with tea breaks in between.

DISM student helper Lin Shaofeng (left) and Maverick Yong (right) at far back

Students listening attentively to the explanation

After the lunch visiting students were also invited on a tour around the campus as well as to attend the ITSA seminar themed around "Privacy and Security of Mobile Devices / Applications".

At the end of the day, participants of the course left not only with fresh new knowledge but also gifts and prizes. It has truly been a fruitful day!

Course photos courtesy of Edmund Tang

ITSA Day 2011

[ Event coverage brought to you by year 1 DISM student Dixon Soo ]

ITSA, or known as Infocomm Security Awareness day has been held on 23rd November 2011. This event was organized by DMIT School and Diploma in Security Management course mates.

In the year of 2011, most of the students own at least a laptop and mobile device, but how many of them who truly understand how secure their privacy? Speaking of that, this main purpose of this event is to educate students to be aware of privacy issues in the internet and mobile device.

On that day itself, 4 booths have been set up near Foodcourt 6 and in front of MLT 12. Different issues and topics are exhibited on each booth. This includes Instant Messaging Sniffing, Mobile Device Security, Online privacy and at last but not least, usage of proxy. Meanwhile with live demonstration of instant messaging sniffing and mobile spying being done on the spot, students are being attracted to have a look. Mini prizes are also given out to students who answered correctly few questions that set by us in each booth.

The event came to its climax when students are being invited to attend the Information Seminar which covers the topics of Mobile Security. The seminar started off with an opening address from Mr. Liew, lecturer of SP DMIT which introduces the speakers from the industries. The first speaker, Mr. Leonard Ong, director of ISACA Academic Outreach, mentioned of being more security conscious with mobile devices. The next speaker which is Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan, General Manager of Lilly Co-Innovation Lab, HCL Singapore. He covers the topic of Security Pitfalls of Mobile Applications. Our last speaker is Mr. Hiten Shah, he emphasis on Security issues that caused by Mobile Devices. Mini prizes are given out to participants during Quiz Session. Furthermore, a lucky draw event took place and prizes were given out to lucky participants at the end of the event.

Overall, this event was responded well by the students and the purpose of this event was accomplished.

Booths of ITSA along the corridor of MLT 12

MSN Sniffing Booth

Privacy Booth

Proxy Booth

Students are being engaged in the life demonstration of Instant Messaging Sniffing

Our Booth Ambassador explaining the importance of privacy

Student being attracted to the booth.

Giving out free Live cd that protects one’s privacy

Students are excited of the live demonstration

Seminar Emcee

Opening address by Mr.Liew

Speech given by Mr. Leonard Ong

Mr.Leonard Ong warns about the permission used by mobile applications

Speech given by Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan

Speech given by Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan

Speech given by Mr. Hiten Shah

Mr.Hiten Shah

Students answering a quiz


A token of appreciation was given to Mr. Leonard Ong

Lucky draw winner for a Starbucks card

Grand prize lucky draw winner.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cyberwatch Competency Centre Trailer

Check out this cool video produced by our very own Singapore Polytechnic-School of DMIT Diploma in Infocomm Security Management students in conjunction with SP's collaboration with IT company e-Cop to start the region's first Cyberwatch Competency Centre.

The Cyberwatch Competency Centre will see SP students and lecturers work with industry professionals on security projects to groom the next generation of cyber security innovators and thought leaders. [Singapore Polytechnic Facebook Page]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Singapore's first CyberWatch Competency Centre unveiled

9 Nov 2011. Singapore Polytechnic and security vendor, e-Cop, has collaborated to establish a Cyberwatch Competency Centre which leverages e-Cop solutions built on Microsoft platforms.

Announced today at the second annual Cyber Security Asia conference, e-Cop said the center will provide students and educators from the polytechnic with the opportunity to work with the security vendor on real-world cybersecurity projects, giving them market-relevant experience to groom the next generation of IT security thought leaders.

Under the collaboration, the tertiary institution will set up a center set to be open in April 2012. Running e-Cop's products on Microsoft platforms, the facility will be part of a new "learning space concept" for students pursuing a Diploma in Infomm Security Management, Tan Hang Cheong, principal of Singapore Polytechnic (SP), said in a statement.

"Just as soldiers are trained in firing ranges before going onto the battlefield, this new learning space will provide SP's students with an authentic learning environment to train them in dealing with real-world security scenarios," Tan added.

Walter Lee, CEO of e-Cop Group, added that cybersecurity is of paramount importance to governments and corporations. This partnership, supported by Microsoft, will further build the cybersecurity capability and capacity in Singapore, increasing resilience into the future, he said.

Cybercrime is also no longer just an activity engaged in by small groups of individuals, said Michael Wilks, Microsoft's regional director of public safety and national security. It has, in fact, become the province of large, well-organized criminal enterprises seeking to perpetrate "high-value fraud and theft" globally, he noted.

Governments such as Britain and India have called for a "coordinated global response" to tackle the increase in cybersecurity threats and partnerships between the private sector and educational institution, such as today's announcement, he added. This will not only benefit teachers and students but will also, eventually, benefit the nation's entire cybersecurity ecosystem, he noted.

"By providing students with the latest security tools and expertise, we are confident that this is a sustainable program that will continuously groom Singapore's cybersecurity thought leaders," Wilks said.

Security is the most important concern in today’s Internet world. We are proud to partner e-Cop in training the next generation of Cyber defenders. This collaboration also allows SP to have the opportunity to work with e-Cop on Infocomm Security Research and Development projects.  SP’s staff and students will greatly benefit from this opportunity to learn from an industry leader like e-Cop,” added Mr Lim Peng Hun, Singapore Polytechnic’s Deputy Principal.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lab Warming Party

In case you have not heard, our new Infocomm Security laboratories are under renovation in order to create a more conducive and well-equipped learning environment for future students. For the brief time being we will be using the transitional labs... But nothing is going to stop us DISMers from having fun!

On 2nd Nov, a Lab Warming Party was organized by year 2 students and sanctioned by the management team - the only time to eat yummy Pizza and have tasty drinks while playing games in school labs!

As time goes by, some year 1 freshmen and a few graduating year 3s also joined the fun. Well, it is about time to get a break from all the study and hard work! Now let us take a look at some of the exultant and memorable moments:

Year 1 students getting acquainted with our knowledgeable and yet humourous lecturer.

Having a slice of pizza, lean back and relax ...
Unless of course you are track running with Kinect!

If only we can be as concentrated during exam as we are now...

Even graduating seniors on internship cannot resist the temptation of the XBOX 360.

I like group projects. I am a team player. So ... time for some Halo and CS eh?

I think I need to go back to lab to practice more network scanning.
Wait a minute, did I walk into a LAN shop?!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

HitB 2011 - Tower of Hackf00 Madness CtF Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Learning journey shared by: Jeremy Heng (DISM 2B01)

It was a fitting end to the semestral break this October when 10 students from the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) spent their last week of their holidays in Kuala Lumpur pitting their hacking skills against security professionals and enthusiasts from all around the globe, where teams came from places as far off as the Netherlands. The Hack-in-the-Box KUL Conference (at the Hotel Intercontinental) was host to the Tower of Hackf00 Madness Attack-Only Capture the Flag Hacking Competition where participants had to retrieve 'flags' by successfully completing a number of challenges from various problem domains such as Cryptography or Reverse Engineering.

The students formed two teams of three each: π and Lepak for the competition that was held over two days, spanning a total of 31 hours and ran without interruption except for a two-hour maintainance pit-stop. It was a gruelling experience indeed for everyone involved; sleep was a short and valued commodity.

On the first day of the trip, the students established their residences and checked out the competition area, with intent to familiarise themselves in preparation for the event the very next day. They turned in early, getting that much needed rest for what was to come.

Early next morning, the team made their way to the competition venue, armed with the necessary hardware. Before the competion started, the organisers gave a briefing on the rules for the CtF and from there, it began. Both teams leapt onto the scoreboard bearing points within the first 8 hours, solving the easy bin challenge. As the skies darkened, the competition arena started to empty. Most of the competing teams chose to rest. Eventually, only the Japanese team (Sutegoma2), the Vietnamese team (D3c3p71c0n), and both DISM teams remained. They spent the whole night and morning working furiously throughout.

On the second day of the challenge, π managed to clinch one more challenge (1337 racer) just in time to see itself gain 8th placing on the scoreboard when the time ran out. Lepak stood at 10th.

While the π and Lepak agreed that they might not gotten as great as a placing they would like, it was definitely an eye-opening experience for the 7 year twos and the 3 year threes. Many lessons were learnt during the trip, and it is certain, it has changed them.

Students eagerly anticipating the journey towards Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Awaiting to set up in the hotel rooms.

Discussing plans for the competition the next day.

Inspection and checks of the equipment the night before the competition.

Capture the Flag: Tower of Hackf00 Madness.

Team Pi

Team Lepak

The scores halfway through the competition.

The competition persisted through the night.

A handful of teams stayed on overnight, including Teams Pi and Lepak.

Solving a challenge.