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Inside CIT's Cyber Security Singapore study tour

Published: 06 Feb 2019

Cyber Security

Singapore is ranked as the country with the highest commitment to cyber security based on the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) so it was a fitting 2018 study abroad destination for CIT students in the Certificate IV in Cyber Security (VIC22334) and the Graduate Certificate in Networking and Cyber Security (NAT10198).

11 students on a 10-day learning journey in Singapore had the opportunity to visit the cyber security facilities of leading institutions whilst interacting with visionaries in the industry. In the Cyber Rangers and Makers Space at the Republic Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) the students were exposed to the use of movie characters, such as those in Star Wars, as tools for their innovative problem based teaching approach. The students were excited to learn about educational methods but also inspired about the mentoring resources available through CyLon, the world's leading cyber security accelerator programme, which offers free training to cyber security start-ups.

In addition to learning about approaches in cyber education, the students also toured the cyber range and training facilities at KPMG Business School and Ixia where they were exposed to security solutions across physical and virtual networks.

The study tour also complemented the students’ knowledge on IT network testing and security. The students participated in workshops led by Accenture’s IoT Center of Excellence on cutting edge technologies to secure virtual work environments including video analytics and robotics. Singtel Cyber Security Institute also provided insights into the creation of networks and malware for training purposes thus providing students with the ability to identify threats and vulnerabilities.

Head of CIT Centre for Cyber Security and Games Dr Abu Barkat and Lead teacher Ravi Chopra led the students through this immersive experience. Dr Barkat said, "CIT students were exposed to very advanced technology to learn and expand their capabilities." CIT’s Cyber Security teaching staff has established relationships within the Cyber Security industry focused on educational and career opportunities.

Student grants are made possible with support from the Australian Government's Australia Awards - Endeavour Mobility Grants program.