By Nayela Deeba
July 11, 2017
Singapore telco Singtel has launched an interactive cyber security portal called Cyber Security Experience Initiative (CSX) to encourage students to take up cybersecurity careers in future.
This aims to address the cybersecurity shortage in Singapore, which may impact the nation's efforts to transform into a Smart Nation."With a huge and fast-growing global demand for cybersecurity, Frost and Sullivan forecasts a shortfall of more than 1.5 million unfilled positions in the global cyber security workforce by 2020. Similarly, in Singapore, we face this shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the industry and as we build our Smart Nation," explained Bill Chang, CEO, Singtel Group Enterprise, at the launch on Monday (10 July 2017).
Students who visit the portal will be given an opportunity to explore various career paths in cybersecurity and experience a day in the life of a cybersecurity professional through virtual scenarios.
They can also test their knowledge on cybersecurity by taking part in quizzes and challenges. Those who fare well will be invited to Singtel's Cyber Security Institute (CSI) to further hone their skills. During their visit to the institute, students will get to play cyberwar games which will help them better understand cyberattack and cyberdefence approaches.
Furthermore, they will get to meet professionals from the cyber security landscape who will provide them with better insights on the type of career paths available after they graduate or for men, after they complete their mandatory National Service.(NS).
"The CSX initiative helps address the cybersecurity talent gap in Singapore by using an interactive self-guided platform to introduce them to various cyber security roles and kindle their interest in a career in this fast-growing field," said Chang.
Partnership with local educational institutions
To further attract students towards cybersecurity careers, Singtel has partnered with five local polytechnics - Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic - and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Under the partnership, CSX will be made available as an additional tool in these educational institutions. Teachers can also access the 'Cyber Teaching Programme' learning module to gain better insights and key fundamentals on cyber security. The module is six hours long, and available free of charge.
According to Singtel, a series of CSX trials were conducted before the launch. The trial attracted more than 1,000 students. Seri Nursyahidah, a third-year student at Nanyang Polytechnic who was part of the trial that was conducted at Singtel's Cyber Security Institute, told Computerworld Singapore: "The portal is very hands-on and informative. We were able to learn a lot about cyberattackers and what could be done to prevent such attacks. I really enjoyed it."