Republic Poly launches infocomm security management diploma

SINGAPORE - Republic Polytechnic launched a diploma in infocomm security management on Tuesday, in a response to the Government's call for more trained analysts against cyber attacks.

With this offering, all five polytechnics in Singapore now offer diplomas in cybersecurity.

Students will focus on network and systems security, and will learn how to identify security threats and to protect computers or networks from such threats.

The first intake of 75 students is slated for the 2015 academic year. Those who sign up for the three-year diploma course will begin next April.

Senior lecturer James Tham, covering programme chair for the diploma, said the National Cyber Security Masterplan had prompted the school to offer the new programme.

One of the goals of the masterplan, which was unveiled last year, is to grow Singapore's pool of infocomm security experts.

There are only about 1,500 information technology security specialists in Singapore, which makes up 1 per cent of the entire IT workforce in Singapore. The cybersecurity industry is also estimated to grow to $120 billion in 2017.

Republic Polytechnic will also be offering industrial attachments and chances for professional certification to students in this course.

The diploma curriculum was designed with input and advice by cybersecurity firms such as Palo Alto Network to ensure students gain relevant industry skills and experience over the course of their studies.

After graduation, students may be employed as IT security engineers, forensic examiners, network security administrators, security analysts or IT systems auditors.

lesterh@sph.com.sg