GovernmentWare 2014

This year’s GovWare 2014 happened to be the 23rd GovWare held, and was all about Strengthening Cyber Security Ecosystem.

What is GovWare all about?

It is an event where IT professionals from cyber security industries gather together to share updates and information about the latest threats and solutions. There were exhibits held by various vendors to showcase their products and some other projects that are done by our local academia. It is held over a period of 3 days.

Like most events, it started with the registration of guests, which was also to acquire the entry passes for the event.

Crowd of professionals and guests anticipating the start of this year’s exhibition.

Various speakers and experts shared their views on the different aspects of the IT industry. The opening speech was given by Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 5th Singapore Cyber Conquest was also part of GovWare 2014. There were more than 20 teams participating in this conquest which lasted over 8 hours. The teams were given challenges to complete and gained points from solving each task or question. There were 3 teams representing Temasek Polytechnic who participated in this competition.

Another part of GovWare 2014 are the exhibitions. One of the exhibition is the sharing of projects by the different polytechnics.

Booths stationed adjacently

For Temasek Polytechnic, the third year students from the Diploma in Digital Forensics and Diploma in Cyber & Digital Security showcased their projects. The 3 projects showcased were HALINA, PwnDETECT and Echo-Me. Having the honor of showing the projects to the various guests was a good exposure for our students.

HALINA showcase

PwnDETECT showcase

TP’s Booth

There were many exhibitors that participated in GovWare 2014, including AccessData, HP, Symantec, RSA, Intel, Amazon.

Dr. Yap, a lecturer from DFS, also delivered a presentation on “Programmer or Administrator?”. His presentation discussed the topic on Security for Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

This concludes the 3 days of GovWare 2014. It was an interesting experience to see and learn more about the numerous solutions and products implemented by cyber security industries and academia. We look forward to the upcoming GovWare 2015 and we hope to see you there!

Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator Certifications

Recently, a group of students sat for the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator certificate and have achieved the certification successfully. We are pleased to congratulate the following students:

1 Chew Kin Zhong 1300469B DFS
2 Ngo Tee Koon 1300199E DFS
3 Jacky Chan Chun Kit 1307037J DFS
4 Bernice Choy Pei Zhen 1302454B CDS
5 MUHAMMAD YUSRI BIN MOHD YUNUS 1200629B CDS
6 DERWIN LIM CHIN WEE 1306883H CDS

Congratulations all. For the rest of our students who are interested, do keep in touch with your respective SIG’s to see when the next round of certification is taking place.

Cyber security industry has potential to grow further: Analysts

Singapore’s status as a financial hub in the region means there will continue to be demand for cyber security services, which makes sense for firms to invest such capabilities in the country.

File photo: Buildings in Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD).

File photo: Buildings in Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD).

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s conducive business environment and potential in the regional markets have been recognised by companies specialising in cyber security. According to the Economic Development Board and Infocomm Development Authority, that is why more of them have been setting up operations in the Republic.

According to analysts, the market is far from being saturated and there is potential for the industry to grow even more. Singapore has had its brushes with virtual attacks, where websites were defaced and data stolen. Analysts have said it is one key driver in attracting more organisations to set up cyber research outfits in the country.

To support cyber security research, the Government is setting aside S$130 million over five years. Singapore’s status as a financial hub in the region means there will continue to be demand for cyber security services, which makes sense for firms to invest such capabilities in the country.

It is not just a response to needs, but a business decision as well. The Asia-Pacific cyber security market is expected to grow at about 13.4 per cent yearly, to reach US$26 billion (S$33 billion) by 2017.

Come 2015, Boeing Defense, Space and Security will open a Cyber Analytics Centre in Singapore, its first such centre outside America. Earlier this year, auditor KPMG opened a Cyber Security Centre in the Republic.

Said Mr Lyon Poh, head of Information Technology Assurance and Security at KPMG Singapore: “A lot of people are looking for technical expertise – from malware analytics, forensics and response, to the capabilities.

“I think those are things that with time, we will get there. The fact of the matter is no company will have the same security design. You need someone who understands the risks to be able to design something that is really relevant and suitable for the business.”

According to analysts, there is no such thing as too many organisations gunning for a piece of the cyber security pie. They said what is more important is to achieve depth in cyber protection expertise. Analysts expect this to happen in Singapore with more investor interest in the area.

“Cloud security, mobile security, data privacy – all these are very topical as well as current issues that organisations are dealing with. So having more organisations coming in can actually create the depth and further develop Singapore as a magnet to attract further talents and give us the edge in the area,” said PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore’s Information Technology Risk Leader, Mr Tan Shong Ye.

Under Singapore’s Safety and Security Industry Programme Office, companies can work with the public sector to develop, test and customise cyber security solutions.

- CNA/xk

Singapore upgrades cyber security operations, includes wider detection capabilities

The Straits Times

Singapore upgrades cyber security operations, includes wider detection capabilities

PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2014 9:38 AM

Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim at a media interview, addressing recent infocomms-related incidents. Singapore’s Cyber-Watch Centre is being upgraded to include more detection capabilities to counter increasing threats against government systems. — PHOTO: ST FILE

BY IRENE THAM

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Cyber-Watch Centre is being upgraded to include more detection capabilities to counter increasing threats against government systems.

By January next year, the centre will be able to track unauthorised changes to websites and network traffic to detect malicious files and potential data leakages. The enhancement follows a wave of cyber attacks against government websites last year.

“This upgrade will allow us to better monitor government websites and inspect if there are malicious activities, which could affect access to online public services,” said Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.

He was speaking this morning at the Infocomm Security Seminar organised by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

At the same time, work is underway to raise the level of cybersecurity expertise here to boost the local workforce. IDA is getting tertiary institutions to include cybersecurity in the curriculum and have it as a specialist track in degree programmes.

For starters, the Singapore Institute of Technology will be launching Singapore’a first undergraduate Information Security degree programme in September next year.

The Nanyang Technological University has also included an information security specialisation programme as part of its undergraduate curriculum since the beginning of this month. More than 30 per cent of the final year cohort has opted for the programme.

“We need to grow Singapore’s pool of Infocomm security experts and build their capabilities,” said Dr Yaacob.

The biggest growth in manpower requirements will be in the areas of security operations, security engineering and technology. Apart from dedicated cybersecurity experts, other professionals in areas like network engineering and application development are also needed in defending network infrastructure or applications from ever-increasing cyber threats.”

The Cyber-Watch Centre was set up in 2007 to monitor critical public-sector IT installations round the clock. The centre is managed by Singapore-based security services provider e-Cop

- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/singapore-upgrades-cyber-security-operations-includes-wi#sthash.Af50GhxA.dpuf

Cyber Warriors & Investigators Challenge

Last Friday, 18 July 2014, sister courses T15 Cyber & Digital Security (CDS) and T55 Digital Forensics (DFS) held the Cyber Warriors & Investigators Challenge for Secondary School Students. Freshmen and Juniors from the two courses volunteered in helping out for the event, and a total of 8 Secondary Schools took part in it. 

The students had to participate in a few stations, one of which they had to use the cipher wheel and another where they had to manually open the PC. At the end of the event, three out of all the outstanding teams won themselves a trophy each. Congratulations to those teams!

Parent’s Guidance Seminar (PG Seminar)

Last Saturday, which was 28 June 2014, the PG Seminar was held. Four of the DFS Juniors volunteered to help out in presenting the Forensics Cart and Web Anatomy Application to the visitors.

The Web Anatomy Application was created by the seniors for their Major Project. It was created to provide a platform to archive web pages, that are based on Internet searches, with forensics in mind. This means that the content are stored in a secured storage server. Not only can users search and view the pages easily and securely, they can also be used as evidence in court.

The parents had their interest piqued by this application, as well as the idea of retrieving deleted data using the forensics cart.

Here are some photos from the PG Seminar.

 

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DFS-CDS ISACA Day

On 23rd May 2014 (Friday), ISACA Day was held at LT1 from 12pm to 2pm. ISACA Day is an annual event of ISACA-TPSG which includes recruitment drive. Instead of having 1 speaker, we had 3 speakers. And surprisingly, all 3 speakers are ex-TP students. Although DFS-CDS Get Together Day is more successful than ISACA Day, there is about 20 people who attended including students and lecturers.

First speaker: Mr Ramesh Dharma, senior director of Visa (yes, the Visa that you see on your debit/credit card).

1995 was a memorable year for him as on this year, he entered TP. (I was born on 1995 too!) So Mr Ramesh started the talk by asking us the technology fun facts in 1995. He is really kind! He gave us some time to search the internet to find out the answers. So one guy from year 1 raised his hand and said that the first wiki was created in 1995. He got a prize. A water bottle. Looks damn nice. I was searching for more answers too. And yes, I got it. I got a Visa notebook. Very useful for me since I have to write notes. “Java was introduced in 1995″

After some “warm-up”, he started telling us about his journey as a student in TP and his first work experience. Most importantly, he also shared with us his 5 Steps Success Model. Something new for me to learn about. Let me also share with you his 5 Steps Success Model.

1) Find yourself a mentor – someone who can elevate your thinking and expose you to various options

2) Start looking at the big picture – what is your organisation trying to achieve? (Business focus)

3) Demonstrate security leadership – take ownership of critical projects

4) Showing initiative and impact security in tangible way – making a difference

5) Learning technical skills and important soft skills – package yourself as a complete professional

Have you learnt something from the above summary? Hope you did.

 

Next speaker: Mr Teh Kai Wen, ex-CDS student who graduated with the Lee Kuan Yew award, currently studying at SMU. In his talk, he covered on his journey in TP: diploma, innovation, leadership, internship and giving back.

Diploma: Interested in IT Security, GPA3.94, Dean’s List

Innovation: Facebook Forensics Toolkit

Leadership: ISACA Student Group, Open Source Student Interest Group, etc

Internship: Interpol

Giving back: Overseas Community Service Project (Cambodia)

This is just a brief writeup on his talk.

 

The last speaker: Mr Sayed Hamzah, ex-CDS student (diploma with merit), currently studying at NTU. He worked in Interpol (France), RP Digital Security and iDA. In his student point of view, he thinks that exposure and specialization are very important as it helps in the future career development.

Exposure: Competitions/Workshops, Internships, and Talks/Meetups

Specialization: CCNA, Redhat, etc

Advice:

1) Don’t think that school is enough to equip you for the future.

2) If the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

3) Stay hungry, stay foolish. Keep asking questions.

4) Expose yourself to all aspects of IT.

5) Get a life.

 

Pictures time!

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Teh Kai Wen, ex-president of ISACA-TPSG, featured in EDB Series on Key Industries Driving Singapore’s Economy

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Lectures, speakers and Justman

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Thank you, Mr Ramesh for coming down! :)

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Sayed Hamzah, ex-president of OOSIG, who came down to give us a talk.

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The prize I’ve got!

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