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IBM partners Temasek Polytechnic to launch Security Operations Centre

Zafirah Salim | July 28, 2015
With the aim to groom skilled cyber security professionals in Singapore, 500 students will be trained and certified over the next five years.

Left to right: Tim Greisinger, MD, IBM Singapore, Boo Kheng Hua, Principal and CEO, TP,Chris Esemplare, GM, Security Services, IBM Global

IBM and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) unveiled yesterday its new TP-IBM Security Operations Centre (SOC) as part of the launch of TP's IT & Security and Forensics course.

According to a media statement, this partnership aims to further enhance students' expertise and employability in the market for skilled cyber security professionals.

The new SOC joins IBM's network of Security Operations Centres globally as a training centre, which will leverage IBM's Global Academic Initiative, a programme that offers more than 100 technologies for teaching staff to build course curriculums.

Besides faculty and students enjoying access to IBM's operational processes, products and technologies, students will also get to learn IT and security fundamentals, as well as competencies in security, ranging from network, system and application to cloud security and mobile security. They will also learn how to monitor networks in an attempt to proactively prevent, manage and investigate security threats under the mentorship of IBM Security professionals.

In their final year, students will receive internship opportunities to work alongside these professionals on security projects locally or overseas to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of cyber security monitoring and analysis.

Upon completing the course, students also have the option of sitting for an IBM examination to attain the IBM Security Intelligence Specialist Certificate, which will position them as a top technical talent in the global market.  

Over the next five years, it is estimated that the SOC will train 500 students to fight cybercrime using IBM technology.

Boo Kheng Hua, Principal and CEO of Temasek Polytechnic said, "The IT Security & Forensics Hub is a place where students can deepen their skills and gain mastery under the mentorship of industry experts and skilled staff. We are pleased to be collaborating with industry leaders such as IBM to train cyber security and digital forensics professionals for the workforce. Our students receive training for industry best practices and work in an environment that prepares them well to meet the needs and demands of the industry."

According to IBM's recent Cyber Security Intelligence Index, the average organisation monitored by IBM Security Services experienced approximately 81 million security events in 2014. This highlights the need for skilled resources, said Tim Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore, otherwise organisations will face a huge challenge in enhancing their ability to limit new risk and apply intelligence to stop attacks and threats.

He added that IBM's collaboration with TP to grow cyber security capability in Singapore will ensure that the increasing demand from organisations for skilled security professionals will be met.


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