SINGAPORE (Oct 1): SGInnovate, a government-owned firm nurturing deep tech startups in Singapore, is partnering ST Engineering and cybersecurity company Tegasus International to launch a series of courses to up the city state’s cybersecurity capabilities.
The initiative aims to enhance the cybersecurity expertise of some 2,500 professionals in Singapore over the span of three years.
Called the “Cybersecurity Professional Series”, it will comprise two tracks: Operational Technology (OT) courses that address existing gaps in cybersecurity training for Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sector professionals; and Information Technology (IT) courses that introduce cybersecurity fundamentals to both technical and business professionals.
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate says, “Cybersecurity underpins all industries. Technologies such as AI and IoT are generating a lot of excitement, but they also represent sophisticated new platforms for cyberthreats. When it comes to critical infrastructure, a security compromise could have serious implications for the economy or public safety.”
In line with key pillars of the Singapore Cybersecurity Strategy launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2016, the OT courses will be tailored to the needs of individuals working in the 11 CII sectors in Singapore, including energy, healthcare, media and transport.
The OT courses will be jointly offered by the three parties, and aim to train 1,000 professionals.
Both OT courses are co-delivered by ST Engineering Cybersecurity Academy and Tegasus International.
The Cybersecurity Industrial Control Systems Engineer (CSIE) course is currently open for registration, while the Cybersecurity Industrial Control Systems Supervisor (CSIS) course is slated to launch by 4Q19.
On the IT front, SGInnovate and Tegasus International will also collaborate on four courses targeted at technical managers, business heads, students and other professionals across all industries – and seek to benefit some 1,500 professionals.
The first cybersecurity IT course will be launched in 4Q19, while other courses will progressively be introduced in 2020.
“National critical infrastructure is increasingly susceptible to cyberattacks that could cause power service outages, failure of life-support systems or even impact an entire economy,” says Goh Eng Choon, General Manager of Info-Security, Electronics, ST Engineering.
“This collaboration will enable us to provide the much-needed knowledge and skills for ICS system managers and operators, to recognise and respond effectively against cyberattacks,” he adds.
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