Cyber Security Courses to Boost Your Career

31 Dec 2018 Posted in ⟨For Learners⟩

Just when we thought that the internet was safe, Malaysia’s recent data breach of more than 46 million mobile number subscribers along with the WannaCry and Petya ransomware infections have sent out a much needed wake-up call: it’s time to take cyber security seriously.

Singapore isn’t immune to this and the stats released by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and market research firm, Dimensional Research, prove it.

 
 
 
The increase in proportion of cybercrime cases between 2014 and 2016
The proportion of IT security professionals saying employees in their firms have sought unauthorised information
The demand for cybersecurity professionals in Singapore by 2021
 

There is a bright side to all of this though. According to 55-year-old VP and General Manager (Southeast Asia) of Palo Alto Networks, Mr Wahab Yusoff, “age is no barrier in this field,” and Associate Professor Peter Loh of the Singapore Institute of Technology, advocates the importance of cybersecurity training programmes.

Consequently, if you are a meticulous and business-minded IT professional, upskilling in cybersecurity can open up a whole new avenue for career advancement. Check out our list of courses below to start making inroads in this rapidly growing and rewarding industry.

NICF – Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

The ISACA® Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) program has been the globally accepted standard of achievement among Information Systems (IS) audit, control and security professionals since 1978.

This five-day course will equip you with the technical skills and practices required to monitor, manage and protect the IT and business systems of modern enterprises. In addition, it will prepare you to sit for the CISA certification examination – a certification that demonstrates proficiency and is the basis of measurement in the field.

Who Should Attend:

IT professionals who have been working in internal IT Auditing for at least 5 years as well as those seeking knowledge in IT Information Systems Management and Auditing

Course Duration: 5 days / 33 hours

Funding Available: SSG funding, SkillsFuture Credit, NTUC UTAP

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NICF – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

If you have deep, technical and managerial skills, experience and credibility, the CISSP can give you an edge to not only stay ahead of malicious hackers but to also become a cyber security leader. Being an objective measure of excellence, the CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024 and on average, (ISC)² members reported having 35 percent higher salaries than non-members.

Taught across five days, this rigorous course will empower you to protect organisations from sophisticated cyber-attacks by designing, engineering, implementing and managing their overall information security programs.

Who Should Attend:

Security Consultants/Analysts/Auditors/Systems Engineers/Managers/Architects, Network Architects, IT Directors/Manager, Directors of Security, Chief Information Security Officers

Course Duration: 5 days / 39.75 Hours

Funding Available: SSG funding, SkillsFuture Credit

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NICF – Cisco CCNA Security (IINS)

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) is a five-day course, which was designed to offer new IT professionals a rapid path to specialisation in security as well as to help experienced professionals validate their associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks.

Emphasising core security technologies as well as the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices, this course will equip you with the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognise threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who desires a practical, technical introduction into the field of Network Security. This includes ITE, Polytechnic and Graduate students as well as working professionals

Course Duration: 5 days / 39 hours

Funding Available: SSG funding, SkillsFuture Credit

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NICF – MTA: Security Fundamentals

The MTA is the perfect place to start if you’re looking to begin a career in IT or validate your knowledge before moving on to more advanced IT certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

Taught across three days, the MTA covers key topics in security layers and policies, network security, authentication, authorisation and accounting. By the end of the course, you will be in a good position to pursue a career in technology or bring value to your organisation by making technology-based decisions.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who is looking to start a career in IT or enhance their understanding of IT fundamentals

Course Duration: 3 Days / 24 Hours

Funding Available: SSG funding, NTUC UTAP

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According to the Singapore Government’s 2016 Cybersecurity Strategy, “Cybersecurity is a team effort, everyone has a part to play, and everyone has to play their part.” To learn more about how SkillsFuture Credit can help to equip you to play your part, click here.


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