Training program seeks to hone skills of Singapore’s security professionals

In response to the global shortage of qualified cyber security professionals needed to help defend critical IT infrastructures in civilian and government organizations, RSA and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) will seek qualified graduates from Singapore universities and existing cyber security professionals to take part in a multi-year residency and repatriation program designed to train candidates with the latest skills needed for cyber security and anti-fraud careers.

The residency training program will be administered by the Singapore EDB in cooperation with RSA, to bring qualified candidates to RSA’s world-class cyber security and RSA Anti-Fraud Command  Center (AFCC) located outside Tel Aviv, Israel. This training 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 leading companies. The program also builds on RSA’s own multi-pronged efforts around the world to help actively develop skilled cyber security professionals through its RSA Conferences, academic alliances with educational institutions, such as Purdue University, cyber security certification offerings through RSA Education Services as well as a new advanced cyber defense training curriculum that will be offered later this year in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

The RSA AFCC operated at facilities in Israel and the United States, is a 24×7 services operation staffed by expertly trained 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 ensure the fastest blocking and shut down of phishing sites. To date the RSA FraudAction service has shut down more than 800,000 online attacks globally. Singapore residency candidates will take part in one- or two-year training rotational programs working alongside RSA cyber security professionals and anti-fraud research analysts to gain advanced skills required to fight cybercrime and advanced cyber threats in areas such as:

  • Phishing, pharming and Trojan attack detection, analysis and shutdown
  • Ecommerce and online banking fraud
  • Security management and monitoring
  • Breach preparedness and incident response
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance

RSA will open the application process for the cyber security residency program in Q3 2013.