Tag Archives: Cyber Security

CYBER DEFENDERS TO BE AN ELITE NS VOCATION ON PAR WITH COMMANDOS AND NAVAL DIVERS

The authorities will place a stringent selection process in order for National Servicemen to be able to join the cyber security team. Minister Ong said that this vocation is very socialized and targeted, as well as very demanding much like how commandos and naval divers are selected. Maybe one problem they will face is that these cyber security squad may focus less on the physical side of their NS stint, while focus will be more on the mental side. Will that be a boring stint serving NS, or be seen as an elite vocation to aim for?

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CYBER SECURITY SECTOR TO CREATE MORE NEW JOBS, BUT FOR SG OR FT?

Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, speaking during the opening ceremony of the new HQ of Palo Alto Networks in the Asia Pacific region, said that the cyber security sector in Singapore is going to grow by as much as $900m by 2020. He also said that the sector has the potential to create 2,500 new jobs by 2018. That is a lot of new jobs in the next year. The question is, will these jobs be offered to Singaporeans, or are they going to go to foreign talents? We all know that the cyber security sector is a brand new area, where there might not be enough qualified Singaporeans yet, or locals experienced enough to jump into this industry straight away.

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WHITE HAT HACKERS TESTING SECURITY OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN SINGAPORE

Call them cybersecurity vigilantes if you will, or “white hats” — as they are known in the hacking world. Mr Wang Jing and Mr Zhao Hainan are part of a growing group of individuals who are taking it upon themselves to test the security of information systems in organisations and report security flaws. Earlier this month, Mr Zhao, 26, a National University of Singapore computer science postgraduate student, managed to hack into M1’s pre-order site for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to access personal data, including phone and NRIC numbers, as well as home addresses of the telco’s customers. He then alerted the company.

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