1 October 2019, Singapore: SGInnovate today announced its partnership with ST Engineering and Tegasus International, to launch the “Cybersecurity Professional Series” that seek to enhance the cybersecurity expertise of some 2,500 professionals in Singapore. Comprising two tracks, the courses will include Operational Technology (OT) courses that address existing gaps in cybersecurity training for Critical Information Infrastructure1 (CII) sector professionals, and Information Technology (IT) courses that introduce cybersecurity fundamentals to both technical and business professionals.
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate said, “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. Given the always-evolving nature of technology, it’s imperative for professionals managing critical infrastructure to continuously upgrade their own capabilities and be well-equipped to identify and prevent potential cyberattacks from any source, at any time.”
Cybersecurity OT courses for professionals in the CII sectors
Structured to align with the key pillars of the Singapore Cybersecurity Strategy, supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, 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 and strengthen the resilience of the CII sectors.
The OT courses are specially designed to raise the technical competency levels of CII owners of cyber physical systems. Targeted at engineers, plant operators, supervisors and technical business leaders, the courses incorporate hands-on practical training with realistic scenarios built around operational cyber physical testbeds. As a start, the two courses that would be offered are:
- Cybersecurity Industrial Control Systems Engineer (CSIE)
- Cybersecurity Industrial Control Systems Supervisor (CSIS)
By the end of the courses, participants will be able to recognise the symptoms of an attack and use tools and techniques to investigate possible cyberbreaches into Industrial Control Systems (ICS). They will also be able to demonstrate a multitude of cybersecurity techniques including multi-network exploitation, vulnerability assessment, sensor disruption and defence in-depth. A competency test will also be administered to ensure the retention of the newly acquired knowledge.
“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,” said Goh Eng Choon, General Manager of Info-Security, Electronics, ST Engineering. "This has underscored the dire need for engineers and workers that support critical operational systems to be sufficiently equipped with specialised ICS cybersecurity skills and expertise. 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.”
The CSIE course is now available for registration while the CSIS course is slated to launch by Q4 2019. Both courses are co-delivered by ST Engineering Cybersecurity Academy and Tegasus International.
“There is a huge gap in the cyber ecosystem to upskill and upgrade the existing technologists and engineers for operational cyber defence. We are working with ST Engineering and SGInnovate to launch respective technical courses such as Cybersecurity Industrial Control Systems Engineer, and Principles and Engineering of Secure Solution,” said Ivan Lee, co-founder of Tegasus International.
Cybersecurity IT courses for technical and business professionals
SGInnovate and Tegasus International also collaborate on four IT courses targeted at technical managers, business heads, students and other professionals across all industries. The courses aim to benefit some 1,500 professionals. They comprise:
- Principles and Engineering of Secure Solution
- Principles of Information Security Controls
- Cybersecurity Fundamentals (Part 1)
- Cybersecurity Fundamentals (Part 2)
For the Principles and Engineering of Secure Solution course, eligible trainees can receive the CITREP+ (Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus) course fee support of up to 70% or up to 90% through the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA)1, administered by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
The three-day courses of class-based learning and hands-on assignment will enable participants to have a stronger understanding of cybersecurity threats and how technologies and good cyber hygiene can be adopted to minimise the impact. Participants will learn how to apply what they have learnt to improve their organisational cybersecurity posture and formulate cybersecurity best practices to safeguard organisational interest and mitigate these threats.
The first Cybersecurity IT course will be launched within Q4 2019. The other courses will progressively be introduced in 2020.
At SGInnovate, we build and scale Deep Tech startups into high potential companies with global impact. We believe that hard global problems can be solved using Deep Tech, and Singapore, where we are based, is uniquely positioned to realise Deep Tech innovations that can tackle these challenges. Our Deep Tech Nexus Strategy is focused on adding tangible value to the Deep Tech startup ecosystem in two key areas – development of Human Capital and deployment of Investment Capital. With the support of our partners and co-investors, we back entrepreneurial scientists through equity-based investments, access to talent and business-building advice. Our efforts are prioritised around emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Tech, MedTech and Quantum Tech, which represent impactful and scalable answers to global challenges. SGInnovate is a private-limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government. For more information, please visit www.sginnovate.com.
About ST Engineering
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.7b in FY2018 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index. For more information, please visit www.stengg.com.
About Tegasus International
Founded in 2019, Tegasus International is a Singapore based cybersecurity company specialising in the education of cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems. The company serves customers in the energy, utilities and transport sectors across both government and private segments. At its disposal are trainers with practical experience both in academic and applied fields.
IN.FOM (Partnering agency of SGInnovate)
1 Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sectors are Energy, Water, Banking & Finance, Healthcare, Transport (which includes Land, Maritime, and Aviation), Government, Infocomm, Media, and Security & Emergency Services.
2 An initiative of SkillsFuture, TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) aims to build and develop a skilled Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workforce for Singapore’s digital economy. TeSA is driven by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and in collaboration with the industry, SkillsFuture Singapore, Workforce Singapore and the National Trades Union Congress. IMDA takes an integrated approach to ICT skills acquisition and practitioner training, enabling professionals to acquire the relevant in-demand skills.
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