Parliament: New professional scheme to increase public-sector cybersecurity talent pool

The Cybersecurity Professional Scheme will develop a core of cybersecurity specialists to be deployed across agencies to support Singapore's cyber defences.
The Cybersecurity Professional Scheme will develop a core of cybersecurity specialists to be deployed across agencies to support Singapore's cyber defences.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - The Government will launch a Cybersecurity Professional Scheme in July to attract, develop and retain cybersecurity experts in the public sector.

Centrally managed by the Cyber Security Agency (CSA), the national agency overseeing Singapore's cybersecurity efforts, the new scheme is part of plans to double the existing pool of cybersecurity professionals in Singapore to 600 over the next few years.

"The scheme will develop a core of cybersecurity specialists to be deployed across agencies to support Singapore's cyber defences," said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim during the debate on his ministry's budget on Monday (March 6).

 
 
 

Mr Zaqy Mohamed, MP (Chua Chu Kang GRC), had asked what the Ministry for Communications and Information plans to do to increase its cybersecurity capabilities and strengthen the cyber security industry here.

Dr Yaacob said that officers recruited under this new scheme can look forward to a cybersecurity career in the public sector with postings to critical sectors and different public agencies. It will focus on developing capabilities in areas such as cyber forensics, vulnerability assessment, and security governance and readiness.

"Protecting Singapore's cyberspace and critical information infrastructure remains a core mandate of CSA," he said.

The upcoming scheme will complement existing IT and security manpower training efforts such as by the Defence Ministry's plans to equip national servicemen with cybersecurity skills.