Republic Polytechnic announces joint labs with security vendors

Republic Polytechnic (RP) unveiled two initiatives at the Republic Polytechnic(SOI) Industry Day to enhance skills development opportunities for students from the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management. The collaboration with leading industry partners will equip students with advanced data analytics and cybersecurity capabilities for the future growth of the industry.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding

RP’s SOI signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two industry partners, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Singapore Chapter. These new corporate partnerships will provide more internship opportunities for students, more industry- based staff and student development projects, as well as academic awards and scholarships for top- performing students from SOI over the next three years.

Students and staff will also have the opportunity to participate in study trips and conferences both locally and abroad, allowing them to have wider exposure to the industry.

Launch of Four Joint Labs

A total of four joint labs were launched as a platform for RP and the respective lab partners (RSA Security, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro and IXIA) to develop joint projects and academic modules and provide an industry-benchmarked environment for students from RP’s Diploma in Infocomm Security Management to apply curriculum learning.

With a total combined learning space of around 350 square metres, the four joint labs will prepare students for exciting careers in rapidly growing areas such as cloud, networks and infrastructure security. Hands-on training conducted in a simulated real-world environment will equip students with knowledge and exposure to the latest security technologies to defend against malicious attacks. The new facilities will also be open to secondary school students as part of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) journeys for them to have better insight into the dynamic infocomm security sector.

“The launch of the joint labs and signing of MOUs with cybersecurity industry partners will provide our students with an authentic learning environment complete with realistic cyber-attack simulation scenarios, equipping them with the latest skills and knowledge to fight against cybercrimes. We look forward to sustained engagement with the industry to jointly nurture the cyber professionals of tomorrow,” said James Tham, Programme Chair of the Diploma in Infocomm Security Management.

The joint labs are: RP-RSA Security Operations Centre (SOC) Lab; RP-Trend Micro Cloud and Virtualisation Security Lab; RP-IXIA Cyber Defense Lab; and RP-Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Lab.

Further, with RP designated as one of Palo Alto Networks Authorised Academic Centres, RP students will have the opportunity to attempt the Palo Alto Networks Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) Examination upon completing their Internetworking Security module, allowing them to be professionally certified upon graduation.