Thursday, January 28, 2016

JAE results and appeal

The JAE posting results will be today at 9.00 am by the Ministry of Education.  JAE applicants may check their posting results through the following channels:

·       MOE at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae
·       SMS via applicant's mobile number (if provided during the JAE)

The JAE Appeals Exercise will be conducted from tomorrow, 29 Jan (Friday 9.00 am) to 02 Feb 2016 (Tuesday 4.00 pm).  This is an on-line appeals exercise conducted by the 5 polytechnics.  This Appeals Exercise is for applicants who had applied under the JAE and now wish to appeal for a change in course or were not successful in gaining a place in a polytechnic (not posted to any course).

The website, the appellants should login to is:     http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/jaeappeal

Alternatively, these appellants may come down to SP to use our Internet service as we will be providing some notebooks for their use.

Event: JAE Appeals Exercise @ SP
Date: 29 Jan, 01 Feb and 2 Feb 2016 (Friday, Monday and Tuesday)
Venue: Auditorium Lounge (Level 2)
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

The on-line appeal system will only allow appellants to appeal for courses for which they are eligible and meet the JAE ELR2B2.  Appellants may make up to 3 appeal choices.

Please note that if the appellant is successful in his JAE appeal, he will lose his original posting (by MOE).  Therefore he has to consider very carefully his appeal choices.  If however, he is not successful in his appeal, he will retain his original posting.

2016 JAE ELR2B2 (only available from 28 Jan)

The outcome of the appeal will available on 10 Feb 2016 (2.00 pm). 

Appellants will need to login again to the same website to check their outcome: http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/jaeappeal

Thank you

Monday, January 25, 2016

Posting Results for the 2016 JAE & JPSAE

Posting Results for the 2016 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will release the posting results for the 2016 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) on Thursday, 28 January 2016, at 9:00 am. Results of the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) will be released on Friday, 29 January 2016, at 9:00 am.

More details can be found at MOE web site.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Final day of JAE

Its the last day of JAE so do remember to submit your choices. If you're still making up your mind, why not drop by our SPCC to consult some of our lecturers?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Good O-level Results in Year 2015

 SINGAPORE - Nearly all students who sat for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level examination (O-level) in 2015 have been awarded certificates after achieving at least one pass.

In a statement on Monday (Jan 11), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said that 29,695 out of 29,723 candidates, or 99.9 per cent, passed at least one subject.83.8 per cent, or 24,921 students, obtained at least five or more passes, surpassing the 83.3 per cent mark that had been set by the 2014 cohort.

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/2015-o-level-results-new-record-set-838-cent-students-pass-least-5-subjects

Do you have a burning question about Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54, poly education, further education or career choices open to you after O levels?

Visit the SP Convention Centre (SPCC) and talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors who will be most delighted to advise you.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What you need to know about Diploma in Infocomm Security Managemet (DISM, S54)

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. The information provided here is to help all students to make the correct decision.

Key Points about DISM
Below are the three key points about DISM course.

1. 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.

2. Lots of Stress
It can be quite stressful during term time as students are required to go through the curriculum and meeting all the assessment requirements of modules.

3. Lots of Programming Assignments 
The misconception students have is that they assume that the course has minimal programming requirements. In actual fact, programming knowledge and skills are very important in this course. As such, students need to prepare themselves and have the correct expectations before they begin to feel the pressure of the requirements from the modules' assignments, especially to those who did not like programming modules..

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

DISM Course Counselling @ SPCC

Do you have a burning question about Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54, poly education, further education or career choices open to you after O levels?

Visit the SP Convention Centre (SPCC) and talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors who will be most delighted to advise you.

What are the questions you should be asking:

- Scholarships available to course students (NS: Not school level but course level. Take note of the newly announced Singtel Cyber Security Cadet Programme).
- Scholars in the course (NS: Not poly/school level but course level), such as the iPoly Scholarships  and National Infocomm Scholarships.
- Availability of learning facilities (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Wargame Centre)
- Continuing Education and Training (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Security Academy)
- Last aggregate score of the course (NS: Lower last aggregate score means better students in the cohort)
- Qualification and experience of lecturers (NS: IT security-related certifications that they hold)
- Advanced standing with universities (NS: Not school level but course level)
- Cohort success rate (NS: Complete the course within the stipulated 3 year duration).
- Progression rate to universities (NS: How many students go to universities)
- IT security-related professional certifications for students (NS: Should be IT security-related and not other general networking certifications)

Giving you one example, in year 2010, SP was awarded 16 Integrated Infocomm Scholarships representing 50% of total number of scholarships awarded by iDA to all 5 polytechnics' students. Among the 16 scholarships, 6 of the recipients were DISM students. This number is at course level and not school/poly level.

If you are a high-achiever, consider a course with a lower last aggregate score. In year 2013, DISM has a last aggregate score of 11. With a lower last aggregate point, the learning experience will be more stimulating and exciting because you know the course will offer you the best potential, scope and knowledge. It also stretches you and your talent which eventually will offer you many open doors to move on to the next milestone.

So don't hesitate, choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 as your FIRST CHOICE now.

If you have further questions, you can talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors during the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) at SP Convention Centre (SPCC).

Joint Admissions Exercise 2016

Students who wish to apply for Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics or the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) may do so through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) using their GCE O-Level examination results.

JAE registration will open from 3.00 pm on Monday, 11 January 2016 to 4.00 pm on Friday, 15 January 2016.

Eligible applicants who sat for the 2015 GCE O-Level examination will receive Form A on the day of the release of examination results. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the course application worksheet (provided in Form A or the JAE information booklet) before submitting the online application via the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/jae.

For more details on the JAE, applicants may refer to:
Source: MOE Web Site

Friday, January 8, 2016

SP Parents Forum 2016 - 9 Jan 2016

Parents' Forum: "What's next in line?"

ProgrammeSession 1Session 2Venue
Registration 09:30am 01:00pm Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium
Parents’ Forum: “What’s next in line?”10:00am01:30pm
-Talk by Mr Ken Choo, Registrar
School visit of choice 11:00am 02:30pm Ushered to various locations
End of programme12:30pm04:00pmVarious Locations

For those who have registered for the above event, please show the printed confirmation slip or the confirmation SMS on the actual day at the registration counter outside SP Auditorium.

See you then!

Free WiFi Prank on Students - Ministry of Funny

Free Wifi is everywhere, but how careful are people when logging on? Especially STUDENTS! Click on the video below and watch as the Ministry of Funny schools our students on the importance of cyber security.

Interested in exploring more possibilities in the field of cyber security? SP has a Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) course that provides an authentic learning experience for students. With 48 diplomas to choose from, find out how SP can help you realise your goals at the SP Open House 2016, 7-9 January! ‪#‎SPOH16‬ http://openhouse.sp.edu.sg

Free WiFi Prank on Students

Free Wifi is everywhere, but how careful are people when logging on? Especially STUDENTS! So we headed to 2 schools for a little fun...:) NEW video every...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjRGmaypqrs

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Paraben Handheld Device Forensics

"Mobile device forensics is a branch of digital forensics relating to recovery of digital evidence or data from a mobile device under forensically sound conditions. The phrase mobile device usually refers to mobile phones; however, it can also relate to any digital device that has both internal memory and communication ability, including PDA devices, GPS devices and tablet computers."
Source: Wikipedia.org

Paraben's Project-A-Phone device
At SP, we use Paraben's Device Seizure® software to analyse handheld devices including mobile phone,PDA's, SIM cards, GPS devices and hybrid devices. Paraben has been the leader in mobile forensic technology and training since 2002. SP is the one and only institute of higher learning in Singapore to use Paraben's curriculum to teach our students on the topic of mobile and handheld device forensics.

Paraben's Mobile Forensic Kit with rugged notebook computer
All our DISM students may choose to learn the skills of mobile and handheld device forensics. This ensures that your skill set is current and relevant when you join the rank of forensic practitioners in the IT security industry.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Some secondary schools took the chance to visit our Cyber Wargame Center

Some secondary schools like Boon Lay Secondary, Woodgrove and Orchid Park took the opportunity to visit our Cyber Wargame Center (CWC) prior to the start of SP's Open House (SPOH) 2016.

We could tell they were really engaged and interested. Keen to visit us too? Do drop by DMIT during SPOH2016 for a tour of the CWC too!

SP Open House 2016

Release of GCE 'O' Level Examination Results on 11 January 2016

The results of the 2015 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 11 January 2016.

School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 11 January 2016.

Private candidates will be informed of their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 11 January 2016.

Source: MOE Web Site

Cyber Wargame Centre @ Singapore Polytechnic

The Cyber Wargame Centre @ Singapore Polytechnic is a suite of facilities for Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 students from the School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology. The centre, which is the FIRST of its kind in local tertiary education institutes, trains students to handle real-world cyber security scenarios, with a different learning space for each aspect.

The Cyber Range sees students practicing ethical hacking, the Cyberwatch Competency Centre gives access to defensive technologies, the Malware Analysis Lab allows students to "play" with malicious software safely and the Forensics Investigation Lab teaches both mobile and computer/digital forensics.

One of the important questions to ask in choosing which security diploma to pursue, is the availability of facilities to students to practice security related skills, ranging from ethical hacking, malware analysis, to security incident management, etc.

Another important question to ask is the potential job opportunities after 3-year diploma course. The current hottest topics such as Security Operations Centre may become a "normal job" 3 years down the road, or can be easily fill by outsourcing to external parties or employing employees from overseas (cheaper option from the employers' point of view). In other words, what you learn in your diploma course must be able to help you to secure a job after you graduated from the course.

SP always pride itself as it always remain at the technology frontier and the staff continue to keep abreast with the latest IT security related technologies. Most importantly, the ultimate beneficiaries are our students, which will receive quality education and training at Singapore Polytechnic. Our DISM students are always much sought after by the IT security employers.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA)

Why take professional certification?
Professional certification uses a formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. Usually this standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job.

About OSWA
The Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor® (OSWA™) is an international wireless auditing and pentesting certification course which focuses specifically on providing IT professionals with the technical knowledge and skills of how to practically and technically conduct and execute wireless security audits & penetration tests against both wireless infrastructures and wireless clients. With many countries announcing wireless internet access initiatives, attending the OSWA™ will give you a solid grounding in how to audit the security of wireless networks and clients.

The OSWA™ focuses primarily on providing attendees with the technical knowledge, methodology and skills to execute a wireless audit/penetration test. The OSWA™ is designed by wireless security professionals from the ground up to teach penetration-testing and security. Using ThinkSECURE's 5E Attacker Methodology™ as a framework, the programme covers topics such as Radio Frequency (RF) and RF Spectrum Analysis, 802.11 frame analysis, advanced wireless LAN penetration techniques, RFID security weaknesses, Probemapping and wireless client targeting and building/hacking wireless hardware. Attendees will also learn how to geographically isolate and hunt down wireless hackers, moochers and other unauthorized wireless users using ThinkSECURE's MoocherHunter tool, which is not authorized to be taught in any other non-ThinkSECURE-related certification course.

Singapore Polytechnic is the one and only Educational Authorized Training Center of ThinkSECURE in Singapore. The OSWA course is available to all DISM students. More details can be found in this URL.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Certification

At SP, we offer this programme to all our DISM students. You have a chance to obtain a professional certification in computer/digital forensics while studying for your Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) diploma.

SP works closely with EC-Council under the Academia Partner Programme. DISM students only need to pay the discounted price (pay only about 10% of the commercial course fee) for the on-line study materials that comes with a complimentary examination voucher.

In addition, you also need to consider addtional training such as mobile/handheld/smart devices forensics and malware reverse engineering as these skills are usually required for computer-related forensics investigation. We offer these modules in our DISM curriculum.

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI Training and Certification Program. Computer Security and Computer investigations are changing terms. More tools are invented daily for conducting Computer Investigations, be it computer crime, digital forensics, computer investigations, or even standard computer data recovery, The tools and techniques covered in EC-Council’s CHFI program will prepare the student to conduct computer investigations using groundbreaking digital forensics technologies.
Computer Investigation
Computer hacking forensic investigation is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud. CHFI investigators can draw on an array of methods for discovering data that resides in a computer system, or recovering deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information known as computer data recovery.

Electronic evidence is critical in the following situations
• Disloyal employees
• Computer break-ins
• Possession of pornography
• Breach of contract
• Industrial espionage
• E-mail Fraud
• Bankruptcy
• Disputed dismissals
• Web page defacements
• Theft of company documents

Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security (Earn and Learn Programme)

Course Objectives
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.
Suitable for
Fresh polytechnic graduates from the infocomm security or information technology fields who wish to deepen their skills and embark on a career in cyber security.
Registration opening date:
Open Now

Course Commencement:
June 2016

Class Schedule:
1 day per week,
9:00am – 6:00pm
345 hours (1 year)
Application Procedures
Please download and complete the ELP Participation Form and submit together with your resume
Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Eileen Yeo
Email: yeoel@sp.edu.sg

For more details, please click on this URL.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Organizational Systems Security Analyst (OSSA)

Why take professional certification?
Professional certification uses a formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. Usually this standard includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the job.

About OSSA
The Organizational Systems Security Analyst™ (OSSA™) is an international practical and technical IT-Security certification course that teaches IT professionals how to secure enterprise networks and systems.

This practical 5-day, hands-on security certification course is geared at equipping participants with the knowledge and practical technical skills necessary to secure their organizations from both internal and external threats, as well as understanding the impact of law on IT-Security policy and operations within the organization.

The Organizational Systems Security Analyst™ course is extremely heavy on practical coursework and the Organizational Systems Security Analyst™ certification is awarded on the basis of a practical, lab-based certification exam, which is held on the last day of the course.

Singapore Polytechnic is the one and only Educational Authorized Training Center of ThinkSECURE in Singapore. The OSSA course is available to all DISM students. More details can be found in this URL.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Certified Ethical Hacker version 9

The new Certified Ethical Hacker version 9 has arrived.

The Certified Ethical Hacker program is the pinnacle of the most desired information security training program any information security professional will ever want to be in. To master the hacking technologies, you will need to become one, but an ethical one! The accredited course provides the advanced hacking tools and techniques used by hackers and information security professionals alike to break into an organization.

“To beat a hacker, you need to think like a hacker”.

This course will immerse you into the Hacker Mindset so that you will be able to defend against future attacks. The security mindset in any organization must not be limited to the silos of a certain vendor, technologies or pieces of equipment.

What you will learn? 
  1. Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  2. Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  3. Scanning Networks
  4. Enumeration
  5. System Hacking
  6. Malware Threats
  7. Sniffing
  8. Social Engineering
  9. Denial of Service
  10. Session Hijacking
  11. Hacking Web Servers
  12. Hacking Web Applications
  13. SQL Injection
  14. Hacking Wireless Networks
  15. Hacking Mobile Platforms
  16. Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  17. Cloud Computing
  18. Cryptography
The EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Version 9 is now avialable to all DISM students under the Academia Partner programme. More details can be found on EC-Council's Web Site.