The Chapter, originally founded as the Security Chapter in 2003, had its aims and objectives in making Singapore a regional IT security hub, focusing on professional & industry certification, regional promotions, as well as training and education.
In mid 2016, the Chapter was re-designated as Cybersecurity Chapter (CSC). IT Security had, over the past several years, evolved significantly; from a collection of tools and technologies to become an active practice today, with standards and methodologies.
CSC today aims to promote awareness of the need for IT Security, how best to understand and work within, and also to unite the collection of not only vendors, resellers and integrators of IT Security products, solutions and services, but also the auditors, consultants, practitioners, legal and compliance organisations to represent the cybersecurity ecosystem today. The original mission to promote IT security competency continues.
SGTech’s Cyber Security Chapter recommends a two-pronged approach:
- Focus on the immediate cybersecurity risks. Make it easy for companies to know and adopt the appropriate type and level of cyber protection for their business, and ensure that the vulnerable micro-enterprises are not put at risk.
- Build the talent pipeline for the cybersecurity industry by inspiring the youth and mid-career job-seekers with the “Why” of a career in cybersecurity, and improve the gender balance.
More about the chapter’s advocacy stance can be found here.
Activities organised include seminars and workshops, whether within industry or to end-user industries (eg Finance, Education, Government) or other trade associations (eg SBF, ASME, SMF), industry tradeshows (eg GovWare, Interpol).
The Chapter is also active in endorsing 3rd-party seminars, workshops and tradeshows, networking sessions and supporting SGTech flagship events (e.g. golf, Tech4Community, trade missions, government working committees and dialogue sessions).
Improving Solution Security with GoSecure - Aimed to equip tech SMEs with complete cybersecurity tools to ensure survivability of their businesses, the programme works in line to supplement a complete checklist for the SMEs Go Digital programme by IMDA.
Career inspiration for Cybersecurity in the new generation - Members of the chapter, mostly leaders from cybersecurity firms, constantly engage with students from polytechnics and universities to inspire and encourage youths to join the industry upon graduation. Members also take the lead in mentorship programmes to provide advice and ideas to interns and students, to encourage them on their career in the Cybersecurity space.
Career Talk in engaging the young generation of talents in Cybersecurity
Ultimately, CSC aims to benefit its members and associated parties by encouraging collaboration, dialogue, ideas exchange, networking and business activities between them and the government, industry and education sectors of the Singapore economy, and where applicable, with the various relevant organizations of neighbouring countries, e.g. through APICTA, ASOCIO.
To contribute towards the increasing data privacy concerns of consumers and businesses the chapter has a newly formed subset committee; the Data Protection Committee. The committee’s ExCo consists of dedicated members well versed in the legal and policy aspects of data protection locally as well as internationally. The Committee is intended to provide a sounding board for data protection issues of interest to SGTech and its members as a whole.