Temasek Polytechnic opens new IT security and forensics hub

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim being shown around Temasek Polytechnic's new IT security and forensics hub.
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim being shown around Temasek Polytechnic's new IT security and forensics hub. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Students from Temasek Polytechnic (TP) now have an integrated centre for hands-on cyber-security training and learning - at the new IT security and forensics hub.

The hub, which comes under TP's School of Informatics and IT, comprises information technology centres that are run in collaboration with industry partners, such as the TP-Cisco Internet of Everything centre and the TP-IBM Service Management Centre.

Students will be able to work and learn in an industry environment. They will be apply their knowledge of cyber-security and information technology in a practical setting. About 1,500 students from the School of Informatics and IT will benefit from the hub.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim launched the hub officiallyon Monday.

The latest cybersecurity addition to the hub, the TP-IBM Security Operations Centre, was also opened on Monday by TP's principal and chief executive, Mr Boo Kheng Hua, together with IBM Singapore's managing director, Mr Tim Greisinger,  and Mr Chris Esemplare, general manager of IBM Global's security services.

Final-year students from the diploma in cyber and digital security, and from digital forensics, will have a chance to undergo a six-month internship at this centre.

They will learn from and work with TP staff and IBM security experts on how to monitor, analyse and deal with cyber threats.

Dr Yaacob said that as cyber innovation continues to grow in Singapore, more cyber-security professionals will be needed to keep important networks safe from cyber attacks.

"There will be a need to produce a sufficient pool of cyber security professionals to support a growing cyber-security industry. Practitioners will also need to constantly upgrade their skills to deal with cyber threats of growing sophistication," said Dr Yaacob.

A new centre, the TP-RSA Security Operations Centre, will be operational in October . Students will gain experience in gathering intelligence on cyberthreats and how to manage them in a real-world setting.

Students in both centres will gain professional certifications at the end of their internships from either IBM or RSA.