Friday, September 28, 2012

DISM Students Involved In GovWare 2012

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of Singapore recently organized GovernmentWare (GovWare) infocomm security seminar and exhibition. This annual event, convened since 1991, was held from 25-27 September 2012 at the Resorts World Convention Centre at Sentosa, Singapore. [Adapted from govware.sg]

A number of DISM students have been actively involved in various aspects of this year's GovWare, such as topical presentation, booth exhibition, CTF competition and even as part of the organization team.

The booth space allocated for DISM students of Singapore Polytechnic

From left to right are third year students: Pang JinghuiKyaw Win ShweGoh Zhiyan
Muhammad Hafiz bin Abdul MajidAlvin Lau Tze Wen, Benjamin Low Yu Cheng 
and Christopher Lim Hao Teck

Student exhibitors Kyaw Win Shwe and Goh Zhiyan
explaining about their project to the visitors

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Minister of State, 
Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
reading the elaboration text on the project poster 

Year 3 students Muhammad Hafiz bin Abdul MajidAlvin Lau Tze WenChristopher Lim Hao TeckBenjamin Low Yu ChengGoh ZhiyanKyaw Win ShwePang JinghuiLee Xin En (absent)Jeremy Heng Wen Ming (overseas), Ku Wee KiatGerald Tan Rui Rong and Goh Kee Chin respectively presented and/or showcased on topics includinig Facebook Network Visualizer and Photo Route Tracing for Cyber Investigators, Motion Detection, Control and Authentication using Xbox 360 Kinect* and Automated Syscall Fuzzer Generator for Mac OS X.

Kyaw, DISM's very own "Poster Boy" (yes, pun intended *.^)

Hafiz, Benjamin and Alvin celebrating the won prize of New iPad

DISM students presenting on Automated Syscall Fuzzer Generator for Mac OS X

A few other students also took part in the 3rd Singapore Cyber Conquest (SCC) which has become part of the GovWare over the past few years. This year SCC was jointly hosted by The Ministry of Home Affairs and Image-Engine in partnership with SYPRIS Pte Ltd and PCS Security Pte Ltd.

There are two teams in the tournament, namely Chua Wei Kiat and Edmund Teo as well as Nikolas Tay and Cheong Ren Hann (ill). With this being Nikolas's first ever competition experience he was rather excited and expressed strong interest in participating more of such CTF competitions in future.

A glimpse of the SCC CTF competition hall

Contestant Edmund Teo and Chua Wei Kiat (both in white shirts)

Contestant Nikolas Tay (in red t-shirt at the center)

Another year 3 Ng Choon Heng, currently undergoing internship attachment at Ministry of Home Affairs also helped out as a member of the organization team at the convention center throughout all three days of the event.

Ng Choon Heng with one of his favorite movie characters - "V"

DISM Alumnus Andre Ng and Ng Choon Heng with "Iron Man"

Last but not least some other DISM students including alumni attended conference talks as well as visited exhibition booths and were thus able to learn quite a bit from the professionals and experts in the industry.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AIRRAID4 - Asia's Premier IT-Security Tournament

AIRRAID4 - Asia's Premier IT-Security Tournament Returns To Singapore On 9 November 2012  6 March 2013.

AIRRAID4 is the fourth evolution of the AIRRAID(tm) brand of IT-security tournament design from THINKSECURE PTE LTD ("ThinkSECURE") and will be held at SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC ("SP") on 9 November 2012  6 March 2013. 

Designed by ThinkSECURE and hosted by SP for both established and new IT professionals whose core job function is IT-security, AIRRAID4 is a cutting-edge, integrated-approach IT-security tournament that will provide participants with a fully-immersive, real-world, fun and legitimate environment in which to pit their wireless/wired network and application auditing/penetration-testing skills against each other by engaging a real-world infrastructure which is specially designed to mirror an enterprise-class, multi-segmented corporate wired and wireless network complete with multiple application server farm targets.

AIRRAID4 will be held on 9 November 2012 6 March 2013 from 0900hrs - 1800hrs (GMT+8) at the following venue:

Singapore Polytechnic
School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology
Cyber Wargame Centre
Block 20, Level 3
500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651

Registration and participation in AIRRAID4 is FREE!  

The competition is open to both IT professionals and infocomm students of all nationalities and organizations.  Participants are allowed to register as an individual or as a team up with up to a maximum of four team members. 

Note:    as there are a limited number of places, interested teams should register as early as possible. To register, please visit http://airraid4.securitystartshere.org

After registration, further directions and instructions will be emailed to registrants.  While participation is free, registrants coming from outside Singapore will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  Registrants should not make any travel or accommodation arrangements until they have received and read the official email containing the further directions and instructions. 

Now You Can Leadership Series Finale

Two year 1 DISM Students Timothy Tan and Bernard Tang took part in the Now You Can Leadership Series: Conspiracy Challenge earlier this year and their team "Awesome 4" comprising of 2 students each from DISM and DIT course not only made it to the final stage which was on last Saturday 8th of September but also won a runner-up position under the "Dream for Green" category. Kudos to our awesome juniors!

From left to right: Lecturer Leong Fong Sow, Lecturer Choo Chui HarBernard TangClarence Lam, Timothy Tan, Terence Lam, Lecturer Low Jin Kiat, Lecturer Calvin Siak, Lecturer Liew Chin Chuan, Lecturer Tan Hu-Shien

The 'Now You Can' Leadership Series: Conspiracy Challeng is proudly presented by StarHub, in collaboration with GRID MMS & *SCAPE. 
The challenge provides a platform and opportunity for young Singaporeans to bring to national attention, world changing project ideas. Bring to life your extra-ordinary dreams in impacting our society and anticipate the power of the universe to conspire with you to make a difference in the world!  
[ Adapted from NYC Leadership Series Community ]

Perhaps nothing sums this up better than what lecturer Mr Calvin Siak says: "Well done, Awesome 4! I am sure you now know, YOU CAN."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

SIG CTF Training cum Sharing Session

A one-day training and sharing session in preparation for the upcoming Capture The Flag competitions such as GovernmentWare Singapore Cyber Conquest and Hack In The Box in Kuala Lumpur was organized by the DISM SIG in collaboration the SP-ISACA Student Chapter on the 6th of September.

Final year students including student trainer Ng Choon Heng and Ku Wee Kiat conducted the session in a workshop-like style. Some of the topics shared are CTF fundamental knowledge, pre-competition setup, team building and dynamics, method and skills of communication during tournament, useful tools and software as well as common providers and frameworks for self-training and practice.

Opening speech on behalf of SP-ISACA student chapter

Student trainer Ng Choon Heng setting up

Beginning the morning session of workshop

Year 1 student Nikolas Tay receiving one-to-one guidance 

Demonstration of foot-printing software Maltego

Happily walking to lunch!

Afternoon session conducted by Ku Wee Kiat

Demonstration of DNS lookup through various means

Common JavaScript obfuscation method

Year 1 and 2 participants said they benefited quite a bit from the session at the end of the day. At the same time some junior students such as Bai Jiacheng from year 2 and Nikolas Tay from year 1 also expressed their interest in learning more on Wireless Auditing and Web Application Vulnerabilities. Hopefully it would be covered in the future sessions to come.

Let us wish those who would be taking part in the coming tournaments good luck and all the best. Make DISM proud guys!