SGTech Inspires Future Leaders of Cybersecurity

SGTech’s Cyber Security Chapter organised outreach sessions between industry leaders and students from Nanyang polytechnic on 11 May and Ngee Ann Polytechnic on 17 May.  Outreach initiatives seek to educate and attract new talent into the field of cybersecurity. The academic outreach sessions saw a turnout of over 200 students in total.  Chairman of the Cyber Security Chapter, Ms. Tammie Tham, opened welcome the students with insights on the market demand for cyber security talent and various opportunities within the industry. The speakers and students engaged in a lively exchange of dialogue throughout the afternoon.

Students heard from leading industry experts, including Mr. Donald Wee, SGTech Cyber Security Chapter, Executive Committee Member; Mr. Darence Tan, Country Manager, Synopsys Singapore; Mr. Stefanus Natahusada, Pre-sales Engineer, Kaspersky Lab Singapore, and Mr. Wayne Lee, Junior Researcher, Kaspersky Lab Singapore. 

Additionally, Ms. Lim Kim Ying, Head of Programmes, Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), and Mr. Tan Poon Kian, Manager for Career Development at the SIM, shared an overview of education options and a snapshot of life on campus.  Ms. Wong Shee Min from SGTech Secretariat introduced the talent initiatives which students can benefit from. 

Key Points of Student Outreach Sessions

1) As cyber attacks grow, the talent pool of defenders must also expand. To achieve a talented cyber security workforce, the Government has developed programmes such as the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) and Cyber Security Associates and Technologists Programme (CSAT) to support the upskilling of Singapore's cyber defense human resources. 

2) A career in cyber security has many paths, including work for a large organization, or setting up a start-up. Over the last two years, the cyber security startup space has witnessed more than 30% year-on-year funding growth. 

SGTech student outreach supports our community’s commitment to develop talent and capabilities.  Tech talent remains a top challenge for companies across the globe, including Singapore. Talent recruitment should begin early and through initiatives such as these, the Cyber Security Chapter aims to build up the next generation of industry leaders in cyber security by connecting, engaging and inspiring students across Singapore. 

For more information on SGTech's Cyber Security Chapter, please visit the website.
Published May 2018