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Partnership to grow IT security talent pool in Singapore

Madura McCormack | Nov. 28, 2012
Symantec and SMU to jointly train and equip IT security professionals

Security software company Symantec and the Singapore Management University (SMU) have today entered into an agreement that will see the two training and equipping future IT professionals.

The tertiary institute and Symantec signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will integrate students of SMU's School of Information Systems with Symantec's annual summer internship programme.

"Information security is becoming an increasingly complex undertaking, exacerbated by the fact that cyber threats are growing at an alarming rate annually," said Subhendu Sahu, Symantec's business development director for Government & Public Sector in the Asia South Region. "To stay ahead of the threat curve, we need to continually invest in the best talents and cultivate a ready pool of security professionals in Singapore."

Apart from the internship programme, Symantec and SMU will also hold discussions on various matters which, according to the announcement, include conducting joint research on security intelligence.

"We are confident that this will motivate more of our students to take a serious interest in learning how to improve information security and data protection in business and public sector settings," said Professor Steven Miller, SMU's Vice Provost (Research) and Dean for School of Information Systems.

The announcement comes a day after global analyst firm IDC revealed its top 10 ICT predictions for 2013, which included the increased repercussions of a dwindling IT talent pool in the APEJ region.

 

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