Thursday, January 29, 2015

ThinkSECURE's OSSA Certification Examination

Sixteen DISM Year 2 students have passed the ThinkSECURE's Organizational Systems Security Analyst® (OSSA) Certification Examination. Congrats!
  • Chia Le Jing
  • Chin Yi Bing
  • Chua Yi Zhen
  • Daniel Ho
  • Daryl Chan
  • Jacqueline Cheong
  • Joseph Fung
  • Lee Bo Qiang
  • Lee Tze Ting
  • Lim Wai Kiat
  • Lindon Ng
  • Low Shien Kiat
  • Ngo Wei Lin
  • Poh Jia Hao
  • Preshant Dayan Achuthan
  • Yong Wei Theen

Monday, January 26, 2015

SP Career Fair @ SPCC

Every job is a good job.

Wherever your career takes you,

You’ve got to have the right attitude if

You want to reap the rewards.

Start with the right attitude today,


Thursday, January 22, 2015

William Tay: I may not be a top student, but I will achieve my dream. Video.

Life poses many challenges. For my son, his world is silent. He has great dreams. He wants t be computer programmer. We thought that it was going to be difficult for him.....

"I can succeed in different ways becuase I am part of the Singapore story." - William Tay, Year-1 student of Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM).

William Tay: I may not be a top student, but I will achieve my dream.

William was born with a hearing disability, but he has never let it affect him in pursuing his dreams. He graduated from ITE, and chose to study at Singapore Polytechnic (Diploma in Infocomm Security Management, DISM), as he felt that this was the best way for him to achieve his dream.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SPOH 2015 is a HIT!!!

See what Miss Symone Oei say about SP Open House 2015 on her Instagram!!!

(From L to R): Daryl Chan, Symone Oei and Preshant. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What you need to know about Diploma in Infocomm Security Managemet (DISM, S54)

Diploma Course
Studying for an IT security-related diploma is a significant investment of your time, money and resources. It is better to understand the value that you would be able to generate with the course. The information provided here is to help all students to make the correct decision.

Key Points about DISM
Below are the three key points about DISM course.

1. Broad-based Curriculum
The Curriculum plays a major role in the learning process. DISM focuses on three main skill sets: Offensive, Defensive and Investigative.

The first year include the general curriculum where students establish the fundamentals of information technology that includes computer architecture and operating system, networking fundamentals, linux administration, etc. The second year has more security related modules such as Ethical Hacking and Defences, Applied Cryptography, Computer Forensics, Programming using Perl and C, etc. Third year is the most crucial year when you put all the skills and knowledge together to do your final year project plus some modules. You also choose your specialisation: either in Security Incident Management or Forensics and Investigation.

2. Lots of Stress
It can be quite stressful during term time as students are required to go through the curriculum and meeting all the assessment requirements of modules.

3. Lots of Programming Assignments 
The misconception students have is that they assume that the course has minimal programming requirements. In actual fact, programming knowledge and skills are very important in this course. As such, students need to prepare themselves and have the correct expectations before they begin to feel the pressure of the requirements from the modules' assignments, especially to those who did not like programming modules..

So, which course? 
Consider your interest, your academic strengths, your desired career, and the diploma course that would help you reach your aims and career goals.

DISM Course Counselling @ SPCC

Do you have a burning question about Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54, poly education, further education or career choices open to you after O levels?

Visit the SP Convention Centre (SPCC) and talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors who will be most delighted to advise you.

What are the questions you should be asking:

- Scholarships available to course students (NS: Not school level but course level. Take note of the newly announced Singtel Cyber Security Cadet Programme).
- Scholars in the course (NS: Not poly/school level but course level), such as the Integrated Infocomm Scholarships and National Infocomm Scholarships.
- Availability of learning facilities (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Wargame Centre)
- Continuing Education and Training (NS: SP is the FIRST institute of higher learning to setup Cyber Security Academy)
- Last aggregate score of the course (NS: Lower last aggregate score means better students in the cohort)
- Qualification and experience of lecturers (NS: IT security-related certifications that they hold)
- Advanced standing with universities (NS: Not school level but course level)
- Cohort success rate (NS: Complete the course within the stipulated 3 year duration).
- Progression rate to universities (NS: How many students go to universities)
- IT security-related professional certifications for students (NS: Should be IT security-related and not other general networking certifications)

Giving you one example, in year 2010, SP was awarded 16 Integrated Infocomm Scholarships representing 50% of total number of scholarships awarded by iDA to all 5 polytechnics' students. Among the 16 scholarships, 6 of the recipients were DISM students. This number is at course level and not school/poly level.

If you are a high-achiever, consider a course with a lower last aggregate score. In year 2013, DISM has a last aggregate score of 13. With a lower last aggregate point, the learning experience will be more stimulating and exciting because you know the the course will offer you the best potential, scope and knowledge. It also stretches you and your talent which eventually will offer you many open doors to move on to the next milestone.

So don't hesitate, choose Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (DISM) S54 as your FIRST CHOICE now.

If you have further questions, you can talk to our friendly lecturers and student counsellors during the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) at SP Convention Centre (SPCC).

Release of GCE 'O' Level Examination Results on 12 January 2015

The results of the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Monday, 12 January 2015.

School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00 pm on 12 January 2015.

Private candidates will be informed of their results by post. Private candidates may also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00 pm on 12 January 2015.

Source: MOE Web Site

Polys step up cyber security courses to keep up with growing demand: straitstimes.com

More than 30,000 students took the O-level examinations last year and will be receiving their results on Monday. This is the first of a five-part daily series on the results and the developments in the educational institutions that students can join after the examinations. New IT security diploma courses offered, old ones revamped.

On the back of a recent spate of cyber security breaches around the world - including the hacking of Hollywood studio Sony Pictures' systems - organisations from government agencies to financial institutions have been looking to beef up their information technology (IT) security against malicious attacks. And polytechnics in Singapore are leading the charge in grooming IT security professionals, offering new cyber security diploma courses and revamping old ones.

Cyber security courses have been available at the remaining polytechnics - from as early as 2006 for Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and TP, and from 2009 for Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

SP setup a Cyber Wargame Centre two years ago to provide students with realistic environment to handle various scenarios, such as securing networks and investigating cyber crimes. NYP and TP have also adopted similar training facilities this year to bring realism to their courses.

Mr Liew Chin Chuan, course chair for SP's infocomm security management programme, said, "Technology is always evolving and organisations need people who are well-versed in various security issues. These students have to keep up with the changes."

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/polys-step-cyber-security-courses-keep-growing-demand-20150110

Friday, January 9, 2015

SingTel unveils scholarships for poly students: news.asiaone.com

Top students from three polytechnic courses will now be able to get a head start in their fields, with telecommunications giant SingTel offering diploma scholarships for the first time.

The SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme, developed with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP), aims to nurture talent in the areas of computer engineering, cyber security and customer experience.

Unveiled at SP yesterday, it is the first time a telco has offered diploma scholarships for polytechnic students. SingTel introduced a scholarship programme for undergraduates in 2010.

"It is our people that differentiate us from the competition," said SingTel group chief executive officer Chua Sock Koong, adding that the telco hopes to build a pipeline of talent in the three areas to meet future needs.

"We need to attract the right kind of talent early, so that they can develop and grow their careers with us."

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/education/singtel-unveils-scholarships-poly-students

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Singtel first to offer diploma scholarships in support of SkillsFuture: singtel.com

Partners Singapore Polytechnic & Republic Polytechnic to nurture young talent

Singapore, 6 January 2015 – SingTel today introduced a diploma scholarship programme in support of SkillsFuture, a national initiative that will help Singapore through its next phase of growth with an integrated system of education, training and career progression for all Singaporeans.

The first corporate programme of its kind, the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme, is fully aligned with SkillsFuture’s objectives. The new programme exemplifies the importance of having industry partners and employers on board the journey to help individuals advance based on skills.

For more details, please visit the URL below.
Source: http://info.singtel.com/about-us/news-releases/singtel-first-offer-diploma-scholarships-support-skillsfuture

Singtel Attracts Students With New Scholarship: sg.news.yahoo.com

With CyberSecurity Needs At An All-Time High, Singtel Attracts Students With New Scholarship

Calling all students! SingTel is offering you a diploma scholarship programme – the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme. This unique scholarship programme, which commences this year, will be focused on fostering young talent in diplomas specializing in three areas – network engineering, cybersecurity and customer experience.

Partnering with Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic, Singapore’s largest telco operator is striving towards providing more opportunities to budding students in Singapore.

The programme is set to offer 90 scholarships each year to the top students across the three courses.

This also includes our course, Diploma in Infocomm Security Management (S54).


In the article, there is an interesting quote from Aaron Levie, CEO of BOX.

Image credit: Twitter
 Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cybersecurity-needs-time-high-singtel-020036383.html

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Singtel launches new scholarship programme for poly students: todayonline.com

A new diploma scholarship programme developed with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) was introduced by SingTel today (Jan 6).

Worth over S$2 million a year, the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme — the telco’s first diploma scholarship — will be offered in the areas of Network Engineering and Cyber Security in SP and Customer Experience in RP.

The programme will have 90 scholarships available each year to top students across these three courses in the two polytechnics.

.... ....

Recognising that these principles are replicable in many industries and other companies, Mr Heng said he hoped more employers will step forward to develop programmes to best suit their needs.

“I hope many more employers will step forward to be part of this journey. Think ahead of your future needs; work closely with our educational institutions; break the boundary between the workplace and the classroom; and put your people first,” he said.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singtel-launches-new-scholarship-programme-poly-students

Launch of Singtel Cadet Scholarship Programme - more photographs

The launch of Singtel Cadet Scholarship Programme.

Welcome speech by Ms Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO.

Opening address by Guest of Honour - Mr Heng Swee Keat,
Education Minister.

The event was held at SP Auditorium Lounge.

Signing of MOUs by Singtel, Singapore Polytechnic,
Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Workforce Development Agency.

Education Minister viewing DISM student project.

Education Minister trying out the mobile security application
developed by our DISM students.

The DISM student team (L to R): Lim Ding Heng,
Li Jinquan, Ivan Lew Yi Wei and Bek Hao Ting.

The project: Secure Messaging and Real-Time
Translation (SMART) Virtual Keyboard. This FYP
project is a collaboration between DISM and A*Star.

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SingTel, polytechnics offer diploma scholarships in engineering, cybersecurity: channelnewsasia.com

The SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme, offered in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic, will focus on nurturing young talent in the areas of engineering, cybersecurity and customer experience.

SingTel has partnered with Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic to offer a diploma scholarship programme - the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme.

The scholarship programme, which starts this year, focuses on nurturing young talent in the areas of engineering, cybersecurity (SP's Diploma in Infocomm Security Managemet) and customer experience. A total of 90 scholarships, worth a total of more than S$2 million, will be available each year.

The scholarships will provide students with industry-relevant training as well as employment and progression opportunities. Scholars will also get the chance to undergo internships while undertaking their diploma course.


"It will give us more chances to learn and deepen our skills and also a chance to gain experience with them, which we do not really do so in schools," said Chua Yi Zhen (DISM Year-2), one of the students at Singapore Polytechnic. "We will have a clearer idea of which areas we will be more suitable for, and we prefer."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singtel-polytechnics/1571208.html

Singtel Cyber Security Cadet Scholarship for DISM students: singtel.com

SingTel Cyber Security Cadet Scholarship 


Our scholarship benefits include:

  • Tuition fees and living allowances
  • One-time laptop allowance
  • Scholarship Enrichment Fund
  • Internships at SingTel and/or our regional associates
  • Opportunities for Post-Diploma certification and/or scholarship
  • Secured cyber security role in SingTel with competitive starting salary and progressive career paths* 

Who we are looking for?

  • Singapore citizens or PRs
  • Year 1 (Full-Term Scholarship) and 2 (Mid-Term Scholarship) Singapore Polytechnic students from the Information Security Management (DISM) course
  • Excellent academic results (minimum GPA of 3.3)
  • Keen interest to embark on a cyber security career in SingTel
  • Passionate about innovation and technology 

Conditions of Award

  • For both Full-Term and Mid-Term scholarship, you will serve a short bond period of one year after graduation and/or National Service 

Scholarship Enrichment Fund

The Scholarship Enrichment Fund supports young talents in upgrading their knowledge and skills by sponsoring approved certification programmes. Students may receive subsidy up to a maximum cap for any of the following list of certifications on a reimbursement basis. Please note that the list is not exhaustive and they may seek approval for subsidy of other types of certification by submiting supporting documents.
  • Comptia security+
  • ThinkSECURE’s Organizational Systems Security Professional (OSSA)
  • ThinkSECURE’s Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA)
  • EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • EC-Council’s Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)
  • Red Hat System Administrator I & II
Apply to the SingTel Cyber Security Cadet Scholarship here. Applications close on 23 January 2015. For queries, please email g-scholars@singtel.com.

Source: www.singtel.com/careers

SingTel unveils new diploma scholarships to build strong talent pool in ICT sector: straitstimes.com

A new diploma scholarship programme was unveiled by telco SingTel on Tuesday. Jointly developed with Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic, the SingTel Cadet Scholarship Programme focuses on nurturing young talent in the areas of computer engineering, cyber security and customer experience.

The scholarships, worth over S$2 million yearly, is available to students pursuing diplomas in computer engineering and infocomm security management at Singapore Polytechnic, and the diploma in customer relationship and service management at Republic Polytechnic.

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/singtel-unveils-new-diploma-scholarships-build-strong-talent-pool-ict