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ITSCs Quarterly Newsletter - April 2015

Tackling the Local Talent Crunch Nurturing


the Next-Generation of Infocomm Security Talent
By Information Technology Standards Committee

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Other than grooming skillful talent for the future, there is an equally important need
to nurture and grow the existing pool of cybersecurity professionals in Singapore,
considering how the global threat of malware is becoming more sophisticated.
Late last year, NEC Corporation and the Singapore Economic Development
Board (EDB) announced a multi-year agreement to build strategic capabilities
in cybersecurity through EDBs Strategic Attachment and Training (STRAT)
Programme. In this comprehensive training programme, NEC and EDB will seek
qualified cybersecurity professionals and graduates, designed to develop key indepth skills and cybersecurity capabilities in specific areas such as malware analysis.
The programme will also include overseas training at NECs centre in Japan.
Cybersecurity firm FireEye also announced plans to collaborate with the Infocomm
Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) by supporting the regulatory bodys
manpower training programmes for specialisations across various levels of expertise.
The up-skilling effort, conducted by the National Infocomm Competency Framework
(NICF) developed by IDA and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), is
designed to help cybersecurity professionals assume more advanced roles, such as
Malware Research Analyst and Global Threat Advisory Security Consultant.
In the near future, we expect more collaboration to bridge the gap between the lack
of cybersecurity specialists and the growing demand to step up cybersecurity itself.
The issue needs to be addressed on multiple fronts; from increasing cybersecurityfocused programs at the tertiary education levels and ensuring that students receive a
series of practical, hands-on training to improving the skills of industry professionals.
These steps will significantly improve Singapores current talent crunch and ensure
the safety of consumers and businesses alike.

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