Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wanted: 1,000 IT Security Professionals

30 Nov 2011. e-Cop is collaborating with SP to set up the Cyberwatch Competency Centre, which provides the polytechnic's students with hands-on cyber-security training. SP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management course accepts 60 students a year. They get to use Cyclops, e-Cop's proprietary tool for managing security incidents.

The security surveillance software guards against potential cyber threats. SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong said students, while interning at e-Cop, will work in real-world scenarios so they will be ready to contribute when they graduate

Read the article on today's The Straits Times - Digital Life, p28 !!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

IT Exposed Class

On 24th Nov, a group of secondary 1 students from various schools including Chinese High and CHIJ attended an introductory course on Computer Forensics conducted by DISM lecturer with the assistance of two DISM year 2 students.

An ongoing introductory lecture

Lecturer Mr. Samson Yeow illustrating the technical basics

The topics covered include deleted file recovery and information hiding (formally known as Steganography) and the course consisted a combination of lectures and practical sessions with tea breaks in between.

DISM student helper Lin Shaofeng (left) and Maverick Yong (right) at far back

Students listening attentively to the explanation

After the lunch visiting students were also invited on a tour around the campus as well as to attend the ITSA seminar themed around "Privacy and Security of Mobile Devices / Applications".

At the end of the day, participants of the course left not only with fresh new knowledge but also gifts and prizes. It has truly been a fruitful day!

Course photos courtesy of Edmund Tang

ITSA Day 2011

[ Event coverage brought to you by year 1 DISM student Dixon Soo ]

ITSA, or known as Infocomm Security Awareness day has been held on 23rd November 2011. This event was organized by DMIT School and Diploma in Security Management course mates.

In the year of 2011, most of the students own at least a laptop and mobile device, but how many of them who truly understand how secure their privacy? Speaking of that, this main purpose of this event is to educate students to be aware of privacy issues in the internet and mobile device.

On that day itself, 4 booths have been set up near Foodcourt 6 and in front of MLT 12. Different issues and topics are exhibited on each booth. This includes Instant Messaging Sniffing, Mobile Device Security, Online privacy and at last but not least, usage of proxy. Meanwhile with live demonstration of instant messaging sniffing and mobile spying being done on the spot, students are being attracted to have a look. Mini prizes are also given out to students who answered correctly few questions that set by us in each booth.

The event came to its climax when students are being invited to attend the Information Seminar which covers the topics of Mobile Security. The seminar started off with an opening address from Mr. Liew, lecturer of SP DMIT which introduces the speakers from the industries. The first speaker, Mr. Leonard Ong, director of ISACA Academic Outreach, mentioned of being more security conscious with mobile devices. The next speaker which is Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan, General Manager of Lilly Co-Innovation Lab, HCL Singapore. He covers the topic of Security Pitfalls of Mobile Applications. Our last speaker is Mr. Hiten Shah, he emphasis on Security issues that caused by Mobile Devices. Mini prizes are given out to participants during Quiz Session. Furthermore, a lucky draw event took place and prizes were given out to lucky participants at the end of the event.

Overall, this event was responded well by the students and the purpose of this event was accomplished.

Booths of ITSA along the corridor of MLT 12

MSN Sniffing Booth

Privacy Booth

Proxy Booth

Students are being engaged in the life demonstration of Instant Messaging Sniffing

Our Booth Ambassador explaining the importance of privacy

Student being attracted to the booth.

Giving out free Live cd that protects one’s privacy

Students are excited of the live demonstration

Seminar Emcee

Opening address by Mr.Liew

Speech given by Mr. Leonard Ong

Mr.Leonard Ong warns about the permission used by mobile applications

Speech given by Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan

Speech given by Mr. Rajkumar Rajagobalan

Speech given by Mr. Hiten Shah

Mr.Hiten Shah

Students answering a quiz


A token of appreciation was given to Mr. Leonard Ong

Lucky draw winner for a Starbucks card

Grand prize lucky draw winner.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cyberwatch Competency Centre Trailer

Check out this cool video produced by our very own Singapore Polytechnic-School of DMIT Diploma in Infocomm Security Management students in conjunction with SP's collaboration with IT company e-Cop to start the region's first Cyberwatch Competency Centre.

The Cyberwatch Competency Centre will see SP students and lecturers work with industry professionals on security projects to groom the next generation of cyber security innovators and thought leaders. [Singapore Polytechnic Facebook Page]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Singapore's first CyberWatch Competency Centre unveiled

9 Nov 2011. Singapore Polytechnic and security vendor, e-Cop, has collaborated to establish a Cyberwatch Competency Centre which leverages e-Cop solutions built on Microsoft platforms.

Announced today at the second annual Cyber Security Asia conference, e-Cop said the center will provide students and educators from the polytechnic with the opportunity to work with the security vendor on real-world cybersecurity projects, giving them market-relevant experience to groom the next generation of IT security thought leaders.

Under the collaboration, the tertiary institution will set up a center set to be open in April 2012. Running e-Cop's products on Microsoft platforms, the facility will be part of a new "learning space concept" for students pursuing a Diploma in Infomm Security Management, Tan Hang Cheong, principal of Singapore Polytechnic (SP), said in a statement.

"Just as soldiers are trained in firing ranges before going onto the battlefield, this new learning space will provide SP's students with an authentic learning environment to train them in dealing with real-world security scenarios," Tan added.

Walter Lee, CEO of e-Cop Group, added that cybersecurity is of paramount importance to governments and corporations. This partnership, supported by Microsoft, will further build the cybersecurity capability and capacity in Singapore, increasing resilience into the future, he said.

Cybercrime is also no longer just an activity engaged in by small groups of individuals, said Michael Wilks, Microsoft's regional director of public safety and national security. It has, in fact, become the province of large, well-organized criminal enterprises seeking to perpetrate "high-value fraud and theft" globally, he noted.

Governments such as Britain and India have called for a "coordinated global response" to tackle the increase in cybersecurity threats and partnerships between the private sector and educational institution, such as today's announcement, he added. This will not only benefit teachers and students but will also, eventually, benefit the nation's entire cybersecurity ecosystem, he noted.

"By providing students with the latest security tools and expertise, we are confident that this is a sustainable program that will continuously groom Singapore's cybersecurity thought leaders," Wilks said.

Security is the most important concern in today’s Internet world. We are proud to partner e-Cop in training the next generation of Cyber defenders. This collaboration also allows SP to have the opportunity to work with e-Cop on Infocomm Security Research and Development projects.  SP’s staff and students will greatly benefit from this opportunity to learn from an industry leader like e-Cop,” added Mr Lim Peng Hun, Singapore Polytechnic’s Deputy Principal.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lab Warming Party

In case you have not heard, our new Infocomm Security laboratories are under renovation in order to create a more conducive and well-equipped learning environment for future students. For the brief time being we will be using the transitional labs... But nothing is going to stop us DISMers from having fun!

On 2nd Nov, a Lab Warming Party was organized by year 2 students and sanctioned by the management team - the only time to eat yummy Pizza and have tasty drinks while playing games in school labs!

As time goes by, some year 1 freshmen and a few graduating year 3s also joined the fun. Well, it is about time to get a break from all the study and hard work! Now let us take a look at some of the exultant and memorable moments:

Year 1 students getting acquainted with our knowledgeable and yet humourous lecturer.

Having a slice of pizza, lean back and relax ...
Unless of course you are track running with Kinect!

If only we can be as concentrated during exam as we are now...

Even graduating seniors on internship cannot resist the temptation of the XBOX 360.

I like group projects. I am a team player. So ... time for some Halo and CS eh?

I think I need to go back to lab to practice more network scanning.
Wait a minute, did I walk into a LAN shop?!