IBM and Temasek Polytechnic to jointly groom cybersecurity pros for Singapore

  • SOC opened as part of polytech’s IT security and forensics course
  • 500 students will be trained and certified over next 5yrs
IBM and Temasek Polytechnic to jointly groom cybersecurity pros for Singapore

IBM and Temasek Polytechnic have announced the opening of the TP-IBM Security Operations Centre (SOC) as part of the launch of Temasek Polytechnic’s IT & Security and Forensics course.
Over the next five years, it is estimated that the SOC will train 500 students to fight cybercrime using IBM technology, the two parties said in a joint statement.
“The IT Security & Forensics Hub is a place where students can deepen their skills and gain mastery under the mentorship of industry experts and skilled staff,” said Temasek Polytechnic principal and chief executive officer Boo Kheng Hua.
“Our students receive training in industry best practices and work in an environment that prepares them well to meet the needs and demands of industry,” he added.
The new centre joins IBM’s global network of Security Operations Centres as a premier training centre which will leverage IBM’s Global Academic Initiative, a programme that offers more than 100 technologies for teaching staff to build course curriculums, IBM said.
The programme has been rolled out in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) since 2014 as part of the MEA University programme, with an aim to teach 35,000 students by 2017 through an outreach with 80 universities.

Temasek Polytechnic faculty and students will have access to IBM’s operational processes, products and technologies such as the IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence and Research feeds, IBM Security Advanced Threat Prevention Platform and IBM Control Desk for ITSM process integration.
Students will learn IT and security fundamentals, and competencies in security, ranging from network, system and application to cloud security and mobile security.
They will also learn how to monitor networks in an attempt to proactively prevent, manage and investigate security threats under the mentorship of IBM Security professionals, the company said.

In their final year, students will receive internship opportunities to work alongside IBM security professionals on security projects locally or overseas to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of cybersecurity monitoring and analysis.
Upon completing the course, students also have the option of sitting for an IBM examination to attain the IBM Security Intelligence Specialist Certificate.

IBM and Temasek Polytechnic to jointly groom cybersecurity pros for Singapore

“IBM's recent Cyber Security Intelligence Index found that in 2014, the average organisation monitored by IBM Security Services experienced approximately 81 million security events,” said IBM Singapore managing director Tim Greisinger.
“That's more than 12,000 attacks and 109 incidents. This highlights the need for skilled resources – otherwise organisations will face a huge challenge in enhancing their ability to limit new risk and apply intelligence to stop attacks and threats,” he added.

Globally, Ponemon’s 2014 IT Security Jobs Report revealed that 36% of staff positions and 58% of senior staff positions in IT security went unfilled in 2013, IBM and Temasek Polytechnic said in their joint statement.
The Ponemon 2015 Cost of a Data Breach Study also found that the average total cost of a data breach has increased by 23% since 2013 to US$3.79 million.
The SOC marks IBM’s third partnership with Temasek Polytechnic, aimed at further enhancing students’ expertise and employability in the market for skilled cybersecurity professionals.
Previous collaborations include the TP-IBM IT Service Management Centre and the TP-IBM Retail Analytics Centre.
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