Strengthening Singapore's infocomm security talent pool


8 January 2015
Republic Polytechnic

Infocomm security specialisation in tertiary institutions continues to gain momentum, with the Republic Polytechnic introducing a new Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) this year. At its open house on 8 January, the polytechnic’s School of Infocomm inked agreements with infocomm security companies RSA, Palo Alto Networks and Ixia to strengthen the course curriculum and conduct various joint programmes for students, such as seminars, workshops, industry final-year projects and internships.

In a statement, Republic Polytechnic noted that infocomm security management in Singapore remains a largely untapped choice of profession with only 1,200 IT security specialists, making up only 0.8 per cent of the entire IT workforce in Singapore in 2012. The new Diploma in Infocomm Security Management aims to address this need for skilled manpower by producing technically competent cyber security professionals.

The course will focus on network and systems security, covering topics including operating systems security, inter-networking security, cloud infrastructure security and ethical hacking in detail. With opportunities for network and system penetration testing and real-time monitoring, the curriculum will provide both practical and theoretical foundations for students to face new infocomm security challenges.

The polytechnic will take in 75 students in the first batch for the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management in academic year 2015.

Singapore Polytechnic also offers a Diploma course in Infocomm Security Management while Temasek Polytecnic offers a Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security. Nanyang Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic also offer cybersecurity diplomas with a forensics component.

In other infocomm security-related news, SingTel has announced that infocomm security management will be one of the areas covered under its new diploma scholarship programme jointly developed with Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic. Under the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme, 90 scholarships, worth over S$2 million, will be made available each year to students pursuing diplomas in computer engineering and infocomm security management at Singapore Polytechnic, and the diploma in customer relationship and service management at Republic Polytechnic.