Thursday, December 31, 2015

Singtel Cyber Security Cadet Scholarship for DISM students: singtel.com

SingTel Cyber Security Cadet Scholarship


Scholarship benefits include:

  • Tuition fees and living allowances
  • One-time laptop allowance
  • Scholarship Enrichment Fund
  • Internships at SingTel and/or our regional associates
  • Opportunities for Post-Diploma certification and/or scholarship
  • Secured cyber security role in SingTel with competitive starting salary and progressive career paths* 

Who we are looking for?

  • Singapore citizens or PRs
  • Year 1 (Full-Term Scholarship) and 2 (Mid-Term Scholarship) Singapore Polytechnic students from the Information Security Management (DISM) course
  • Excellent academic results (minimum GPA of 3.3)
  • Keen interest to embark on a cyber security career in SingTel
  • Passionate about innovation and technology 

Conditions of Award

  • For both Full-Term and Mid-Term scholarship, you will serve a short bond period of one year after graduation and/or National Service 

Scholarship Enrichment Fund

The Scholarship Enrichment Fund supports young talents in upgrading their knowledge and skills by sponsoring approved certification programmes. Students may receive subsidy up to a maximum cap for any of the following list of certifications on a reimbursement basis. Please note that the list is not exhaustive and they may seek approval for subsidy of other types of certification by submiting supporting documents.
  • Comptia security+
  • ThinkSECURE’s Organizational Systems Security Professional (OSSA)
  • ThinkSECURE’s Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA)
  • EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • EC-Council’s Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)
  • Red Hat System Administrator I & II
For more information, please visit this URL.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Unique Learning Experience @ SP

Hands-on, real-world experience
SP provides facilities which simulate the real working environment. From agencies to animation studios, to laboratories to simulation centres, we have it all.

Students also gain real world experience with renowned companies during their industrial attachment programmes. Finally, they get to participate in local and overseas projects or competitions to broaden their experience.

Overseas Community Service
Community service projects engages students to imbue a heart of compassion to serve people and society. They have opportunities to join the Go Serve community which organizes local and overseas projects.

General education
GenEd modules broaden the learning experience. Students become aware of developments across multiple disciplines and develop keen perspective on local and global issues. They learn to form sharp, balanced critiques of past and current events and trends; forecast the revolutions of the future and articulate their views persuasively.

The design thinking approach to learning
SP is the first poly to adopt this pedagogy, which is now the rage in the west. Our students are trained to adopt a design perspective in their learning. We partner Rotman DesignWorks of the Rotman School of Management, Canada, one of the best business schools in the world, to incorporate Design Thinking into our curriculum.

Holistic development
With over 120 cca clubs, students can build an inner aspiration towards their passion in arts, music, sports or any other interests.

SP will be the first poly to implement a compulsory physical education programme where they can pick up activities such as swimming, golfing or even modern dance.

Sudents who excel and show great interest in their current courses are given the opportunity to take up additional modules to enhance their core learning. They will be rewarded with a certificate that will give them a competitive edge when they apply for further studies or look for work.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vibrant Life@SP (CCA)

With close to 120 clubs and counting, SP has a wide array of CCAs that can help you master anything from makeup artistry and guitar-playing, to martial arts and even sign language.
Yes, sign language! If you can’t find a CCA to suit yourself, never fear! Start a brand new club of your own and bond with like-minded people at your side.

Find out more at the CCA website.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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 the Singtel Cadet Scholarship (Cyber Security) with Singtel for our DISM students.
- the MOU was signed on 6 Jan 2015.

2) 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.

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

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

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) First to sign Memorandum-of-Cooperation (MOC) with EC-Council under Academia Programme.

9) 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.

10) 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.

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

12) High number of Integrated Infocomm Scholars - IIS (nka Infocomm Polytechnic Scholarship) and National Infocomm Scholars - NIS.

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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: 
  • Singtel Cadet Scholarship
  • SP Scholarship
  • Infocomm Polytechnic Scholarship (iPoly Scholarship)
  • National Infocomm Schalarship

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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 2016.

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!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SkillsFuture - ELP in Cyber Security

The Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security course is designed with advanced topics to boost the level of Cyber Security skills of participants.

This SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) in Cyber Security is designed as a work-study programme to give fresh polytechnic or Post-National Service (NS) graduates in Infocomm Security or Information Technology field, a head-start in careers related to Cyber Security.

This is achieved through institutional-based learning at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) augmented by on-the-job training (OJT) with participating employers in the cyber security industry.

For more details, please visit this URL.

Monday, December 21, 2015

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 in Security, 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.

Post-Diploma Options 
Diploma holders have many pathways. The common belief among students is that one should go for a bachelor degree in a University. However, the degree route may not be the immediate choice to some of the diploma graduates due to factors such as financial and other constraints. One of the post-diploma options is to enrol into an Earn and Learn programme.

Under the SkillsFuture, the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) in Cyber Security is one of the many options that DISM students can consider. It is a work-study programme that provides student on-the-job training while studying for a Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security, that equips participants with advanced skillsets in Penetration Testing, Incident Response and Forensics Investigation. Singapore Polytechnic is the programme manager appointed by the relevant authorities to run the Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security.

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

Choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54.

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 183,000 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 Arena too!

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) 48 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. Close to 120 to be exact.
8) Food at SP: You would be spoilt for choice during lunchtime as we have 6 different food courts, 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)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Network Forensics Talk by Christopher Lek

Christopher Lek was invited to give a Network Forensic talk to DISM students. This talk provides an introduction to network forensics with brief discussion on network digital evidence and its collection process. There will be discussion of the technical fundamentals on the network OSI layers, TCP/IP, and tools involved in acquisition of network evidence. It will end with a demo on how packet and flow analysis can be conducted during security investigation.

Christopher Lek has more than 13 years of IT experience. He graduated from Singapore Polytechnic (Electrical Engineering) and Nanyang Technological University (Computer Engineering) and holds several certifications including CEH, GCIH, GCFE, GCFA, CISSP and ISO 27001 Auditor, PMP and ITIL.

Christopher leads the Global Security Incident Response team (APAC) for a Fortune 500 Company. He has previously worked for a financial institution and Internet Service Provider. Being active in the IT Security community, Christopher was the workshop committee member for Global HoneyNet Workshop held in Warsaw (2014) and past SIG2 member. He is currently involved in the honeeepi project, which is a customized Raspbian OS running on raspberry pi.