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RSA and Singapore government to start residency training programme

Jack Loo | June 5, 2013
Candidates will be trained in one or two-year stints in RSA’s anti-fraud facility in Israel.

Security vendor RSA and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have set up a residency training programme for information security specialists, in an announcement made on 5 June 2013 at the RSA Conference Asia Pacific in Singapore.

The programme will be administered by EDB in cooperation with RSA, to bring qualified candidates to RSA's Anti-Fraud Command Center (AFCC) located outside Tel Aviv, Israel. RSA will open the application process for the programme in the third quarter of this year. Both parties said the trainees will come from Singapore universities and existing cyber security workers.

"Such collaboration would lead to the creation of good jobs for Singaporeans and creates a readily available talent pool for companies to tap when they set up operations in Singapore," said Gian Yi-Hsen, director of Safety & Security Industry Programme Office (SSIPO). The SSIPO is an agency set up by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs and EDB to promote the security industry in the island nation.

"This collaboration is an excellent step forward to help in the broader efforts of the Singapore EDB to develop a new generation of Singaporean cyber security professionals," said Vincent Goh, vice president of Asia-Pacific and Japan, RSA.

The initiative is part of EDB's Strategic Attachment and Training (STRAT) Programme, which aims to build up Singapore's manpower capabilities in strategic areas and sectors through overseas training and attachment with industry-leading enterprises.

The candidates will take part in one- or two-year training rotational programmes working alongside RSA cyber security professionals and anti-fraud research analysts to gain skills in the areas of phishing, pharming and Trojan attack detection, analysis and shutdown, e-commerce and online banking fraud, security management and monitoring, breach preparedness and incident response, as well as governance, risk and compliance.

The students will be trained in RSA's big data-based information security approaches. "It is about applying people to go hunt among the data and look for things that nobody sees, and ask questions like 'if I were trying to hide my communications, then how would I do it? And how can I find similar activities in the organisation'," said Tim Belcher, chief technology officer, RSA.

The RSA AFCC operated at facilities in Israel and the United States, is a 24x7 services operation staffed by cyber security professionals and fraud analysts who work to detect, track, block and shut down phishing, pharming and mobile-app based attacks perpetrated by online criminals.

The RSA AFCC leverages relationships with more than 13,000 Web hosting service providers, leading browser developers and ISPs to help block and shut down phishing sites. To date, the RSA FraudAction service has shut down more than 800,000 online attacks globally.


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