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Thursday, November 7, 2019

AISP's Inaugural Student Volunteer Recognition Programme (SVRP) Award Ceremony 2019

6 Nov 2019. The Association of Information Security Professionals' (AISP) Inaugural Student Volunteer Recognition Programme (SVRP) Award Ceremony was held in the evening at Life Long Learning Institute Event Hall. This is the first award ceremony that recognised students who had volunteered in cybersecurity related initiatives as well as their leadership skills demonstrated in school and within the community.

The Guest-Of-Honour (GOH) was Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for MCI & MCCY.
Speech by the Guest-Of-Honour (GOH) Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for MCI & MCCY.
AISP received more than 100 nominations from 9 Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). There were 5 Gold Awards' recipients. In total, Singapore Polytechnic's students received 2 Gold, 17 Silver and 7 Bronze awards.
Gold award recipient, DISM year-3 student, Hoo Jun Hong.

Gold award recipient, DISM graduate (class 2019) Zhu Yongze. 
Yongze with DISM Lecturer, Mr Boris Choo (left) and DISM Course Chair (right), Samson Yeow.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Mindef Bug Bounty Appreciation Event 2019

1 Nov 2019. "The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has successfully concluded its second Bug Bounty Programme (BBP) that ran from 30 September 2019 to 21 October 2019...... A total of 305 white hat hackers from around the world, comprising 134 local and 171 international white hat hackers, participated in this year's BBP. Of the 52 vulnerability ("bug") reports submitted, 20 were deemed valid, resulting in a total bounty payout of US$16,000."

A group of DISM students participated in this bug bounty programme and has benefited from this event. We hope that our students will continue to participate in this programme and play an active role in helping to secure our national networks and systems.
Samson Yeow, DISM Course Chair, receiving the token of appreciation on behalf of SP, from the Defence Cyber Chief Brigadier-General (BG) Mark Tan at the Mindef Bug Bounty Appreciation Event.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cyber Security Standards Workshop - Singapore Manufacturing Federation

3 Oct 2019. This workshop aims to bring cyber security awareness among Singapore companies embarking on the Industry 4.0 journey. It will give an overview of key international cybersecurity standards such as IEC 62443, use cases and how to mitigate cybersecurity risks through standards in their organizations.

The workshop is organized by IEC Conformity Assessment for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organization (SMF-SDO); and supported by Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Enterprise Singapore.

Our industry partner, Mr Thomas Quek of REDCON Security Advisors LLP, is speaking at a "LIVE Demonstration" in one of the sessions. SP students from the Gryphon Team (Special Interest Group) of Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) course is supporting the session by performing the live demonstration.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

DISM Project Showcase @ SICW 2019

2 Oct 2019. Our DISM students were involved in the SICW Project Showcase for IHLs. The project entitled CompSAT, a user-friendly web application that allows the users to learn more about Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) as well as to perform the PDPA compliance self-assessment test for organisation to assess their PDPA readiness and posture.
CompSAT Poster
From L to R: DISM students Jerrod Sim,
Ng Jing Fang, Aloysus Koh and Joseph Lim. 
PDPA video screen.
CompSAT Dashboard.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Singapore Cyber Conquest (GovWare 2019)

1 Oct 2019. The Singapore Cyber Conquest is a highlight of GovWare, open only to students of Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Singapore and ASEAN to challenge their cybersecurity capabilities in a near real-world cyber range.


Participants will race against time to complete a diverse range of cybersecurity challenges that will put their cybersecurity skills and knowledge to the ultimate test.


The following three teams from SP are participating in the Cyber Conquest, namely:

  1. SP Team 1 km/s
  2. SP Team 2 Duck2.0
  3. SP Team 3 Loading


Glad to see our DISM graduates representing Universities participating in the competition too.


Wish all participants have a good game!!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Bug Hunting Exercise @ SP, by YESWEHACK.com

2 Sep 2019. In the afternoon, DISM students continued with the Bug Hunting Exercise at Cyber Wargame Centre (CWC). Two web-based applications were hosted on the network for students to try out their skills to identify vulnerabilities in the application systems. It was quite an eventful day as the instructors (Lucas and Kevin) and students were able to identify quite a few vulnerabilities such as directory listing, user enumeration, IDOR, XSS, privilege escalation, etc.

The bug hunting exercise will help the students to understand the process of bug hunting as well as to appreciate that this approach is more efficient way to security testing.






Bug Bounty Workshop @ SP, by YESWEHACK.com

2 Sep 2019. DISM Gryphon SIG (Special Interest Group) has organised a workshop for our students. The half-day workshop in the morning on Bug Bounty is conducted by Lucas and Kevin from YESWEHACK.com @ SP Cyber Wargame Centre (CWC).

This is the first Bug Bounty workshop conducted by YESWEHACK.com for IHL in Singapore.






Lucas (aka BitK) with students @ T2034

Kevin with students @ T2033

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pioneer batch of NSF cyber specialists graduates - Straitstimes.com

23 Aug 2019. Fifty-six full-time national servicemen from the pioneer batch of cyber specialists graduated yesterday.

The Cyber NSF Scheme received its first intake last December, and the NSFs underwent a 35-week course at the Cyber Defence School at Stagmont Camp in Choa Chu Kang.

In the middle, Cyber Specialist Tan Jia Le, who received one of 13 Golden Bayonets. He is a graduate from the SP Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) course. 
Third Sergeant Tan Jia Le decided to sign up for the scheme in his third year of diploma studies in Infocomm Security Management at Singapore Polytechnic.

"When I heard about the scheme, I thought it was perfect for me. I could use what I learnt, constantly upgrade my skills, and earn university credits at the same time," said 3SG Tan, 20, who received one of 13 Golden Bayonets, awarded to the top specialist cadet graduates from each vocation.

As he has now graduated to become a full-fledged specialist, 3SG Tan, a regular serviceman, will perform advanced cyber roles for Mindef and the Singapore Armed Forces such as threat monitoring for signs of intrusion, making sure there is no suspicious traffic, as well as responding to cyber incidents.

For further details, please visit this URL.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

9 out of 93 PSC scholarship recipients in 2019 are polytechnic graduates, an all-time high - straitstimes.com

SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management graduate, Teo Chuan Kai, as one of nine poly graduates who received the Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship this year.

This is the highest number of polytechnic recipients yet. Chuan Kai shared how he got a taste of polytechnic life after taking up a five-day advance elective module on cyber security in secondary school. Despite qualifying for a junior college, Chuan Kai decided to enrol in SP due to the interesting modules in the polytechnic curriculum. 

He also shared how his internship experience at GovTech gave him opportunities to nurture his interest in cyber-security and public service. Chuan Kai will be reading information security at the National University of Singapore.

Source: straitstimes.com for more details.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Coding enrichment classes to be made compulsory for all upper primary pupils next year - straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE - All upper primary pupils will have coding classes from next year, as part of the Government's goal to develop a healthy pipeline of tech talent for the digital economy. 

In the article, "Mr Iswaran also announced that the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will be expanding its youth engagement outreach with the Singapore Cyber Youth Programme (SG Cyber Youth), a collaboration with the cyber security industry and academia......

It will build on CSA's existing efforts, which include the Youth Cyber Exploration Programme (YCEP) boot camp, a multi-day initiative which aims to introduce secondary school students to the opportunities of a cyber-security career and was started in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic last year."

We were very glad that SOC management team, DISM teaching team and students had worked very closely with CSA on the inaugural Youth Cyber Exploration Programme  (YCEP) in 2018 (more details at SP's web site).


Now the programme is expanded to all the five polytechnics. We hope that the secondary school students will benefit from participating in this programme.

Monday, July 8, 2019

DSO Diploma Scholarship Award Ceremony 2019

Congratulations to two of our DISM students for being awarded the DSO Diploma Scholarship for the Academic Year 2019/2020 on 5 Jul 2019.

The DSO Diploma Scholarship aims to identify talents at Diploma level, and to encourage them to consider a career in defence technology. As part of the Diploma Scholarship, the students are required to serve an internship with DSO so that they can understand the work involved in defence R&D.

DISM Year-2 student, Roy Tan Hao Qian received the award
from DSO CEO, Mr. Cheong Chee Hoo.

DISM Year-1 student, Loh Kar Wei received the award
from DSO CEO, Mr. Cheong Chee Hoo

From L to R: Loh Kar Wei, Samson Yeow (DISM Course Chair)
and Roy Tan Hao Qian.

Once again, Congratulation to all the DSO Diploma Scholarship recipients!!!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Educating The Next Generation Of White Hackers

Check Point Software, the leading cybersecurity vendor, announced that it has partnered with Singapore Polytechnic to offer cutting-edge cybersecurity curriculum to students, to contribute towards building a new pool of cybersecurity talent. It’s pushing the theory “From classroom to career”.

Click the link below to listen to the interview with Sharat Sinha, Vice President for APAC at Check Point Software Technologies @ Money FM 89.3.

Source: https://www.moneyfm893.sg/guest/sharat-sinha-check-point-software-technologies/

Monday, June 3, 2019

Check Point creates cyber security curriculum with Singapore Polytechnic


Check Point Software Technologies has partnered with Singapore Polytechnic to provide the educational institution with a comprehensive cyber security curriculum as part of the vendor SecureAcademy education program.

The program aims to help prepare students for a career in the cyber security sector, which is facing a worldwide shortage of talent.
Source: https://sg.channelasia.tech/article/662351/check-point-creates-cyber-security-curriculum-singapore-polytechnic/

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Check Point Software Technologies Partners with Singapore Polytechnic to Strengthen Cyber Security Skills in Singapore

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, today announced that it will provide a comprehensive cyber security curriculum to Singapore Polytechnic as part of the Check Point SecureAcademy™ education program worldwide.

“Partnering with Check Point SecureAcademy allows our staff and students to have access to the training and best practices from Check Point, a leading provider of cyber security solutions in the industry. Our students will be better prepared when they enter the workforce,” said Mr Liew Chin Chuan, Director, School of Computing, Singapore Polytechnic.

Source: https://www.checkpoint.com/press/2019/check-point-software-technologies-partners-with-singapore-polytechnic-to-strengthen-cyber-security-skills-in-singapore/

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SP Graduation 2019

6 May 2019. “A milestone passed, new things begun, dreams as shining as the sun, a goal achieved, a victory won! That's Graduation!” -- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Another milestone is being marked at the SP Graduation 2019. We have a total number of 87 students from the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) completed their 3-year course. Together with the graduands from other diploma courses, they will be receiving their Diploma certificate at the ceremony.

(From L to R): DISM Gold Medallist, Wee Yee Hong,
with Mr Samson Yeow, Course Chair of DISM, and
DISM Silver Medalist, Tay Jun Feng Vernon
In addition, graduation awards are given out to DISM students who have completed and excelled in the course of study, namely:

Graduand awarded Gold Medal 
WEE YEE HONG

Graduand awarded Silver Medal 
TAY JUN FENG VERNON

Graduands awarded Diploma with Merit 
CHOONG CHENG KANG ALEX
NG SHU LIN JANE
LIM FENG YUE
NG MAHN YIN
CHIN JUN AN
TANG WEI SHAWN
TEO CHUAN KAI

Congratulations to the Class of 2019.

Monday, February 25, 2019

59 NSFs in pioneer cyber specialist course - www.straitstimes.com

When he was 12, Private Clement Chin was so passionate about computers that he was creating his own program to strengthen his in-game character in online role-playing games.

And when the Cyber NSF Scheme was introduced to tap the talents of full-time national servicemen (NSFs) for cyber defence, Pte Chin, 23, jumped at it.
Clement Chin, DISM alumnus (graduated in year 2018)

It was "an obvious choice'' for the graduate from Singapore Polytechnic's Infocomm Security Management programme to apply for the Cyber Specialist Award.

For complete article, please visit https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/59-nsfs-in-pioneer-cyber-specialist-course

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

https://www.dbs.com/hack2hire/sg/index.html?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Hack2Hire%202019&utm_content=Singapore
DBS Hackerthon is back!

I am pleased to advise that DBS’ Hack2Hire programme is back for the third consecutive year. We are seeking to hire top talents in emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, AI, Machine Learning and Big Data etc

Closing Date: 1st March
Hackathon Event: 9 – 10th March in Singapore

For 2019, we are looking to hire technologists at all levels for :
1. Mobile Developer (Android and iOS)
2. Full Stack Developer
3. Data Engineer
4. UI/UX Developer
5. Scrum Master
6. QA Engineer
7. DevOps Engineer
8. Solution Architect
9. Chaos Engineer
10. Security Engineer

The online assessment will close on 1st March and shortlisted candidates will be invited for the 48 hour hackathon on 9th – 10th March.

Suitable SP Alumni students who have experience in:
⦁ Cloud architecture, Infrastructure-as-a-Code, Platform-as-a-Service and cloud-native capabilities
⦁ Big Data, Machine learning and AI
⦁ Chaos engineering, Site Reliability Engineering
⦁ Agile Culture of DevOps, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and deployment
⦁ Architecting for distributed computing.
⦁ API and mobile app development
⦁ UI/UX design and development
are encouraged to apply!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Finnish cyber security expertise in Singapore

28.01.2019. Finnish cyber security expertise in Singapore – JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Singapore Polytechnic collaborating in Centre of Excellence in Applied Cyber Security.
JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Singapore Polytechnic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Singapore. The Parties wish to form a collaboration to jointly develop the SP-JAMK Centre of Excellence in Applied Cyber Security.

For full article, please click this URL.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Posting Results for the 2019 JAE out on Jan 31 - straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE - The posting results for the 2019 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) will be released on Jan 31 at 9am, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Thursday (Jan 24).

Applicants can obtain the results either through the JAE website (http://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/joint-admissions-exercise) or by having SMSes sent to the mobile phone number provided during registration.

Those posted to a Junior College (JC) or the Millennia Institute (MI) are to report there on Feb 1 at 7.30am, while those posted to a polytechnic or an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) course will receive further instructions via an enrolment package that will be posted to them.

Source: straitstimes.com, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/posting-results-for-joint-admissions-exercise-to-be-released-on-jan-31

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SP and JAMK - MOU Signing Ceremony

22 Jan 2019. Singapore Polytechnic and JAMK University of Applied Sciences, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by SP's Principal/CEO, Mr. Soh Wai Wah and JAMK's Rector/President, Prof. Jussi Halttunen, to setup a SP-JAMK Centre of Excellence in Applied Cyber Security to help companies build their cyber security readiness capabilities.

This collaboration provides an additional training platform to hone the skills of cyber security professionals and practitioners in this region.

Finnish Ambassador to Singapore, Her Excellency Paula Parvianen (left), witnessing the MOU signing. The MOU signatories are JAMK's Rector/President Prof. Jussi Halttunen (middle) and SP's Principal/CEO Mr. Soh Wai Wah (right).
Group photograph. Finland Education Minister, Her Excellency Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (fourth from right).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (S54) - Course Video

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 us @  Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre (SPCC) and talk to our course counsellors who will be most delighted to advise you.


What are the questions you should be asking:

- Scholarships available to course students (Examples: CSIT Diploma Scholarship, DSO Diploma Scholarship, IMDA SG:Digital Scholarship, Singapore Polytechnic Scholarship and Singtel Cyber Security Cadet Programme).
- Scholars from 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)
- 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)

If you are a high-achiever, consider a course with a lower last aggregate score. In year 2018, DISM has a last aggregate score (LAS) of 10. 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 course counsellors during the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) @ Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre (SPCC) .

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Cyber Warrior - DISM Alumnus, Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho was interested in cyber-security at a young age. As smart devices and internet banking became mainstream, he began to wonder about the security measures behind these technological devices.
Daniel Ho, DISM Graduation Class of 2016.
SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management was Daniel’s first choice after ‘O’ Levels. He was fascinated by SP Cyber Wargame Centre, a simulated environment where students learn forensics investigation and defend against cyber-attacks.

Upon receiving the DSO Diploma Scholarship, Daniel did a six-month internship as a defense researcher, working on projects related to network forensics and malware detection software. Daniel and team also worked with worked with the DSO National Laboratories to develop an application that could scan and remove viruses from PDF files. His project was showcased at the national GovernmentWare conference and exhibition in 2015.

A Public Service Commission scholar today, Daniel attributes his achievement to SP and hopes to craft policies that will safeguard our information technology networks.

Source: https://openhouse.sp.edu.sg/the-cyber-warrior/

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 includes the general curriculum where students establish the fundamentals of information technology. These modules include fundamentals of programming, fundamentals of computing, network fundamentals, linux administration & security, etc. The second year has more security related modules such as Ethical Hacking and Defences, Applied Cryptography, Digital Forensics & Investigation, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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.

Sixteen year-old entrepreneur dreams big - Dalton Ng, DISM Student

At 16 years old, Dalton Ng is already running his own start-up, Agrate, a hub that houses his mobile apps that can help students in their studies.

The first year, Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) student started his self-learning journey of mobile application development after he stumbled upon a programming book at 11 years old.

He then went on to create his first app – SST Gradulator – in Secondary One, which helped students from the School of Science and Technology (SST) track their grades and encouraged them to set and hit targets for their students. His interest spurred him to work on many other programming projects.

After his O’s, he decided to enrol in Singapore Polytechnic due to the strong course content which can allow him to hone his skills in cyber security, and leapfrog his start-up through the SP accelerator entrepreneurship programme.

He hopes to use Agrate as a platform to help prepare the young for jobs of the future, where programming will be a huge focus. He also looks forward to having his curriculum accredited by Apple and local education bodies.

The young developer recently attended Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) after securing a scholarship from them – he is one of the 350 recipients from 42 countries.

Source: https://openhouse.sp.edu.sg/sixteen-year-old-entrepreneur-dreams-big/

SP Joint Admission Exercise (JAE) 2019

The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) coordinated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) is for Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level holders.
Registration for courses opens at 3.00pm on the day of the release of the 'O' Level results and lasts for 6 calendar days. The JAE booklet (application procedures, information on entry requirements, etc.) will be made available to you when you collect your 'O' Level results.

Course CounsellingCourse counselling will be available at JAE Centre (SP Convention Centre).
[SP Convention Centre]
Course Consultants from the various Schools and Admissions staff will be on hand to advise prospective students. Counselling will begin at 3.00 pm on the day of the release of the results.