Temasek Polytechnic, IBM open SOC to enhance cyber security skills of students

IBM and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) have opened the TP-IBM Security Operations Centre (SOC) as part of the launch of TP’s IT & Security and Forensics course.

Over the next five years, it is estimated that the SOC will train 500 students to fight cybercrime using IBM technology.

The TP-IBM SOC marks IBM’s third partnership with TP, aimed at further enhancing students’ expertise and employability in the market for skilled cyber security professionals. Previous collaborations include the TP-IBM IT Service Management Centre and the TP-IBM Retail Analytics Centre.

“The IT Security & Forensics Hub is a place where students can deepen their skills and gain mastery under the mentorship of industry experts and skilled staff,” said Boo Kheng Hua, Principal & Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Polytechnic. “Our students receive training in industry best practices and work in an environment that prepares them well to meet the needs and demands of Industry.”

The new SOC joins IBM’s network of Security Operations Centres globally as a premier training centre, which will leverage IBM’s Global Academic Initiative, a programme that offers more than 100 technologies for teaching staff to build course curriculums.

The programme has been rolled out in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) since 2014 as part of the MEA University programme, with an aim to teach 35,000 students by 2017 through an outreach of 80 universities.

Faculty and students will have access to IBM’s operational processes, products and technologies such as the IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence and Research feeds, IBM Security Advanced Threat Prevention Platform and IBM Control Desk for ITSM process integration.

Students will learn IT and security fundamentals, and competencies in security, ranging from network, system and application to cloud security and mobile security. They will also learn how to monitor networks in an attempt to proactively prevent, manage and investigate security threats under the mentorship of IBM Security professionals.

In their final year, students will receive internship opportunities to work alongside IBM security professionals on security projects locally or overseas to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of cyber security monitoring and analysis.

Upon completing the course, students also have the option of sitting for an IBM examination to attain the IBM Security Intelligence Specialist Certificate, which will uniquely position them as top technical talent in the global market.

“IBM’s recent Cyber Security Intelligence Index found that in 2014, the average organisation monitored by IBM Security Services experienced approximately 81 million security events. That’s more than 12,000 attacks and 109 incidents. This highlights the need for skilled resources otherwise organisations will face a huge challenge in enhancing their ability to limit new risk and apply intelligence to stop attacks and threats,” said Tim Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore.

Globally, Ponemon’s 2014 IT Security Jobs Report revealed that 36 per cent of staff positions and 58 per cent of senior staff positions in IT security went unfilled in 2013. The Ponemon 2015 Cost of a Data Breach Study has also found that the average total cost of a data breach has increased by 23 per cent since 2013 to $3.79 million.