Singapore short of cybersecurity experts, data analysts
Not enough people want such jobs but Govt stepping up efforts to plug shortage: Yaacob
Singapore is short of cybersecurity experts, a gap made even more acute by the recent hacking of government websites.
But the Government is moving to plug the shortage by giving more scholarships for such degrees and diplomas, and getting tertiary institutions to include cybersecurity in the curriculum and have it as a specialist track in degree programmes.
But a tough-to-crack problem is that "young people do not find the job sexy", said Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.
"A young IT (information technology) grad wants to go into banking, finance, sales and marketing. He doesn't want to be at the back end," he said at a media interview last week when he addressed recent infocomms-related incidents as well as Malay/Muslim issues.
I can never give you 100 per cent assurance that nothing else will happen because the system is becoming more complex. There's increasing demand for mobility, data on the go. Our ability to recover is the important thing. But if we can prevent it (disruptions) as much as possible, we will do so.
- Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim (photo), when asked about M1's 71-hour mobile network failure in January and the SingTel Internet fire in October. He said a new audit framework will review the resiliency of the telcos' mobile networks