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SMU-SIS and Certis CISCO collaborate on cybersecurity education and research

Zafirah Salim | March 29, 2016
The two entities will jointly promote and develop cybersecurity education and research in Singapore among students in tertiary education and cybersecurity professionals.


SMU's Vice Provost (Research) and Dean of School of Information Systems Professor Steven Miller (left); and Foo Siang Tse, Managing Director of Quann (right) signed an MOU to jointly promote and develop cybersecurity education and research in Singapore. (Photo credits to Quann)

The School of Information Systems of Singapore Management University (SMU-SIS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with managed security services provider Quann - a business unit of Certis CISCO - to jointly promote and develop cybersecurity education and research in Singapore among students in tertiary education and cybersecurity professionals.

The MOU was signed on 21 March 2016 by Professor Steven Miller, SMU's Vice Provost (Research) and Dean (School of Information Systems); and Foo Siang Tse, Managing Director of Quann.

Under the five-year partnership, SIS will provide mentorship to Quann trainers and co-conduct courses offered by Quann. Both parties will jointly develop cybersecurity courses.

Meanwhile, selected SIS undergraduates and Master's students will be offered Quann Scholarship; and SIS undergraduates will have the chance to intern at the company.

"The shortage of skilled cyber security specialists and experienced managers with cybersecurity depth is a national problem. Many organisations fall short in their cybersecurity efforts despite their large investments in technology because they don't have the right expertise and the necessary management awareness of what to do. Our partnership with Quann is an important step in the strategic direction of building stronger skills and capabilities in cybersecurity," said Professor Miller.

 

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