CSA Signs Memoranda of Understanding with Nanyang Polytechnic and the Singapore Institute of Technology

03 Nov 2016

Collaboration will focus on development of cybersecurity curriculum, R&D projects and internship opportunities

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to develop a well-rounded operational cybersecurity education programme as well as to strengthen government-academia relations in building a talent pipeline that is industry-ready for Singapore. The partnerships were announced by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Cybersecurity at the National Security Conference 2016 this afternoon. The move is in line with Singapore’s plans to develop a vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem which can support Singapore’s cybersecurity needs and be a source of new economic growth, as outlined in Singapore’s Cybersecurity Strategy launched last month during the Singapore International Cyber Week.

Mr David Koh, Chief Executive of CSA, said: “There are good jobs in cybersecurity, and there are not enough trained people. The shortage is not just in Singapore, but globally; and it is expected to grow. CSA is collaborating with Institutes of Higher Learning to train skilled manpower who will be capable and ready to enter this fast-growing industry. We are pleased to work with both NYP and SIT in their programmes to develop cybersecurity talent to help make Singapore a secure and resilient Smart Nation.”

CSA will collaborate with both NYP and SIT to develop cybersecurity curriculum, provide internship opportunities for students to gain relevant exposure and collaborate on research and development projects to engender faster and more market-relevant R&D outcomes. CSA will also work with the Institutes on cybersecurity initiatives that improve the cyber resilience of businesses and individuals in Singapore. 

CSA’s partnership with NYP will see the introduction of a Cyber Security Operations Co-operative Programme that aims to nurture and prepare students to fill critical cybersecurity roles in both the public and private sectors. Under this programme, both parties will co-develop relevant modules in Cyber Security Operations. Students will also gain practical training experiences through meaningful internships with CSA.

Ms Jeanne Liew, Principal & CEO, NYP, said, "NYP welcomes this partnership with CSA. In the current digital age, security threats are no longer physical in nature. They are increasingly becoming more sophisticated in targeting the cyber space. Hence, it is crucial to deepen the skillsets and foster understanding of complex issues like cyber security. This collaboration with CSA builds on NYP’s ongoing efforts to constantly update its curriculum to ensure that students are taught and equipped with skills that are in line with industry practices and needs.”

Under the MOU with SIT, the first collaborative initiative will be the Integrated Work Study Degree (IWSP) Programme. The 12-month internship programme will enable the students to understand the challenges faced in the current fast changing economy, and develop skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, while adding value to the workplace.

Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT said, “As Singapore strives towards becoming a Smart Nation, we are dealing with an increasing number of cyberattacks which affect our IT infrastructure and networks. SIT is pleased to partner with CSA to significantly strengthen the talent pool within the cybersecurity industry and to contribute to the ‘future-proofing’ of Singapore.”

About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cybersecurity functions, and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cybersecurity awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape. The Agency was established under the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.