Republic Polytechnic collaborates with industry players to strengthen nation’s cybersecurity capabilities

18 Oct 2017

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    Republic Polytechnic collaborates with industry players to strengthen nation’s cybersecurity capabilities

Polytechnic launches four joint labs and signs two Memorandum of Understanding.

Republic Polytechnic (RP) unveiled two initiatives at the School of Infocomm (SOI) Industry Day yesterday to enhance skills development opportunities for students from the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM). The collaboration with leading industry partners aims to equip students with advanced data analytics and cybersecurity capabilities, as well as plug gaps in the nation’s cybersecurity manpower issues.

The School signed two new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the event with Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Singapore Chapter.

These new corporate partnerships will provide more internship opportunities for students, as well as academic awards and scholarships for top-performing SOI students over the next three years. Students and staff will also have the opportunity to participate in more industry-based development projects in addition to study trips and conferences both locally and abroad, affording them wider exposure to the industry.

Industry stakeholders are “glad” that RP is joining efforts to further local cloud security education and research, according to Mr Aloysius Cheang, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific of CSA.

“We certainly look forward to working together to bring cloud industry professionals and the higher learning community to develop publications, research, education and technology initiatives that will lead towards achieving a common vision and global alignment that will add long-term value to the industry,” said Mr Cheang, who was also the keynote speaker at the event.

Likewise, ISACA plans to “impart cybersecurity best practices and provide networking opportunities to students”, said Mr John Lee, the local chapter’s president. He added that the organisation also hopes the collaboration will inspire more students to embark on a career in cybersecurity.

RP also launched a total of four joint labs – with RSA Security, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro, and IXIA – to develop joint projects and academic modules, as well as offer DISM students an industrybenchmarked environment to apply their curriculum learning:

  • RP-RSA Security Operations Centre (SOC) Lab

  • RP-Trend Micro Cloud and Virtualisation Security Lab

  • RP-IXIA Cyber Defense Lab

  • RP-Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Lab

The labs will provide DISM students with “an authentic learning environment complete with realistic cyber-attack simulation scenarios, equipping them with the latest skills and knowledge to fight against cybercrimes”, said Mr James Tham, the Diploma’s Programme Chair. 

The new facilities will also be open to secondary school students as part of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) journeys for them to gain better insight into the dynamic infocomm security sector.

With a total combined learning space of around 350 square metres, all four labs will be equipped with the latest security technologies. The Trend Micro Cloud and Virtualisation Security Lab, for example, will feature the company’s award-winning Deep Security solution cloud technology.

The lab will offer students “valuable practical experience and comprehensive knowledge transfer” to become the cybersecurity experts that Singapore increasingly needs as a Smart Nation, said Mr David Siah, Trend Micro’s Country Manager (Singapore).

“By acquiring hands-on knowledge of how cloud and virtualisation security software are designed and work, RP students will gain a head-start over their peers in understanding the nuts and bolts of cybercrimes and security measures deployed for these environments,” said Mr Siah.

DISM students will additionally have the opportunity to sit for the Palo Alto Networks Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) Examination upon completing their Internetworking Security module, allowing them to be professionally certified upon graduation, thanks to SOI’s collaboration with Palo Alto Networks.

The Senior Director of RSA South East Asia & Great China, Mr Edward Lim, said that the various industry partnerships with RP help in addressing the lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals in Singapore.

Calling them “an effort in the right direction” for the infocomm security sector, Mr Lim said, “RSA is excited to share its expertise in training the security professionals of future.”