Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security will train ITE students in handling real-world scenarios and threats
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and ST Engineering have entered a three-year partnership to collaborate in cyber security training for ITE students. This involves the establishment of a new cyber security training centre at ITE College Central, equipped with ST Engineering’s cyber range facility.
Called the Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security, it will be the first-of-its-kind in ITE that focuses on building competencies in operational technology (OT) cyber security. OT is a category of hardware and software systems that control industrial processes of key infrastructure and essential services, such as power grids and railway systems.
Training the Next Generation of Cyber Security Professionals
Designed to nurture young cyber security talents, the facility will allow students from ITE’s cyber security courses to hone their skills in managing cyber-attacks through realistic simulation exercises. In particular, students will be trained to manage security threats to OT networks and applications. Such cyber range training serves to provide a controlled environment for students to practise handling real-world cyber threats.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed today, ST Engineering will also be providing internship opportunities for students from ITE’s cyber security courses.
Ms Low Khah Gek, Chief Executive Officer of ITE, said, “Cyber security is an important growth sector in Singapore’s digital economy. As cyber-attacks increase in frequency and sophistication, there is a strong demand for skilled cyber security professionals. By broadening real-world learning scenarios, this partnership helps our students to develop key cyber security competencies that are aligned with the industry’s best practices. It also reinforces our efforts to equip students with work-ready skills that are relevant to changing industry needs.”
Mr Goh Eng Choon, Head of Cyber business area at ST Engineering, said, “The spike in cyber-attacks in the OT environment calls for a new strategy to train professionals in OT cyber security. The partnership with ITE allows us to help students expand their IT and OT competencies, which furthers our contribution in building the talent pool to support Singapore’s cyber security needs. With ST Engineering’s deep expertise in cyber security and extensive operational experience in the OT domain, we look forward to helping students to be operationally ready when they enter the workforce.”