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10 Skills You Need to Win the Cybersecurity Fight

As Singapore continues to integrate new technologies and grow into a Smart Nation, cybersecurity will become a crucial skill that every organisation needs to succeed.

Naturally, this starts with technical expertise. However, the truth is that this is not nearly enough to safeguard against attacks. Effective cybersecurity calls for innovative solutions, which are born from a diverse workforce with diverse thinking.

1. Law: The Cybersecurity Act

The Cybersecurity Act was passed earlier this year to minimise the malicious threats posed to Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) providers. While it mainly affects those in national security, defence, foreign relations and public services, it is essential to know how it affects you and what you need to do to comply with regulations.

Recommended course: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Act

2. Internet of Things (IoT)

From cars to streetlights to fridges, more and more everyday objects are being connected to the internet to improve our lives. However, Internet of Things (IoT) devices need to be developed and deployed in a secured manner as products such as the Mi-Cam baby monitor has shown that they can lead to particularly invasive breaches.

Recommended course: Fundamentals of Internet of Things (IoT)

3. Information Security

An organisation’s ability to prevent cyber attacks is heavily dependent on its ability to design, implement and manage effective information security systems. Certification programs like the CISSP help you stay protected against increasingly sophisticated attacks by keeping you up to date with the latest in information security.

Recommended course: NICF – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

4. FinTech Cybersecurity

FinTech (Financial Technology) is one of the fastest growing modern industries, and with recent innovations like Distributed Ledger Technologies (e.g. blockchain), has transformed how we view security. FinTech is estimated to create 1,000 net jobs in Singapore alone and cybersecurity will play an integral role in sustaining its growth given the financial risks involved.

Recommended course: Cybersecurity for FinTech

5. Effective Communication

First-class technical knowledge and expertise are essential for developing effective cybersecurity programmes, however, they are only the beginning. To develop a shared understanding and implement them amongst non-technical boards, colleagues and customers, effective communication skills are key.

Recommended course: Lead Workplace Communication and Engagement (ES WSQ – Lead Workplace Communication and Engagement)

6. Problem Solving

Although information security systems and procedures help to prevent cyber attacks, no programme is 100% foolproof. Acquiring a set of problem-solving tools and techniques will help you deal with each malicious breach on a case-by-case basis.

Recommended course: Effective Problem Solving Techniques (ES WSQ – Solve Problems and Make Decisions at Managerial Level)

7. Coding

Coding goes a long way in cybersecurity. It helps you identify security threats, write tools, automate security tasks and coordinate technical vulnerability assessments. In addition, as more companies develop apps, there will be a greater need to bring security into the development process.

Recommended course: NICF – Programming in C#

8. Change Leadership

It’s one thing to develop a sound security framework and another to actually implement it. Successfully creating a positive security culture will depend on your ability to get team members to actively follow and champion new security initiatives.

Recommended course: Kotter Change Essentials Programme

9. Network Engineering

Once seen as separate disciplines, network engineering and cybersecurity now sit hand in hand. The reason for this is that network engineering helps you to identify your company’s perimeter and internal defences – two essential aspects when developing a unified security solution.

Recommended course: NICF – Networking with Windows Server

10. Passion

Passion is key in any pursuit. It keeps you engaged and it keeps you going – even in the tough times. While we can’t train you in passion, we can offer you the opportunity to explore yours. Udemy, in particular, is a great way to dive into the world of cybersecurity at your own pace through a whole range of courses.

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Ready to take up arms and join the cybersecurity fight? Call us at 6336 5482 or talk to our friendly Course Consultants at NTUC Trade Union House, Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability, LHUB @ Tampines Mall or any of our roadshows islandwide for more information.

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