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Singtel moves to boost cyber security talent

The parent company of Optus, Singtel, has set up a cyber education portal, called Singtel Cyber Security Experience or CSX, to strengthen Singapore's pool of cyber security talent.

The portal will be aimed at engaging students and mid-career professionals who aspire to join the field of cyber security.

CSX will profile cyber security professionals and mentors from Singtel and its US-based managed security services subsidiary, Trustwave, as well as the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

The portal will help those interested to explore cyber security careers and see what a day in the life of a cyber security professional is like, with interactive, virtual cyber scenarios being used to convey what is needed.

The site will also have cyber challenges, covering basic cyber security terms, concepts and operations. Those who take the challenges and do well will be invited to the Singtel Cyber Security Institute to hone their skills. They will also be allowed to meet cyber security professionals or mentors to learn more.

“The CSX initiative helps address the cyber security talent gap in Singapore by using an interactive platform to engage aspiring cyber security professionals of all ages,” said Bill Chang, chief executive, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

“This self-guided platform is designed to introduce them to various cyber security roles and kindle their interest in a career in this fast-growing field.”

The launch of CSX comes after a recommendation from the country's Committee on the Future Economy Report.

David Koh, chief executive of CSA, said, “CSA is pleased to collaborate with Singtel on this exciting platform to reach out to aspiring cyber security professionals. This is an innovative way to generate interest in cyber security as a career and attract enthusiastic individuals into the profession. The CSX will augment our efforts to grow our talent pool and develop a vibrant cyber security ecosystem in Singapore.”

Frost and Sullivan has forecast a shortage of cyber security talents worldwide which is expected to hit 1.5 million by 2020. The CSA expects demand for cyber security professionals in Singapore to reach 9700 by 2021.

All five local polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education will offer CSX and a series of trials have been conducted with selected educational institutions. About 1000 students have participated in these trials.

“Our partnerships with the educational institutions and SSG allow us to cast a wider net to bring in suitable candidates who can form the frontline of Singapore’s cyber defence,” Chang added.


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