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Beginner-Friendly Cybersecurity Specialist Course in Singapore

Embark on a journey with IBF-accredited beginner-friendly cybersecurity specialist course, designed to teach essential digital forensics and network security skills. The cybersecurity course is led by industry experts in Singapore.

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Why Singapore Needs More Cybersecurity Specialists

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Phishing attempts on Singapore targets surged by 175% to 8,500 in 2022, with the banking sector most heavily spoofed. There’s never been a more crucial time to learn cybersecurity. As cybercrimes escalate, so do career opportunities in digital forensics, security management, and information technology for those entering this growing field. Beginner? No worries—this introductory course from Vertical Institute is your gateway to becoming a cybersecurity specialist.

Vertical Institute’s graduates from this Cybersecurity course include individuals from JP Morgan Chase, IBM, CPF, PayPal, AWS, and more.

Phishing attempts on Singapore targets surged by 175% to 8,500 in 2022,... with the banking sector most heavily spoofed. There’s never been a more crucial time to learn cybersecurity. As cybercrimes escalate, so do career opportunities in digital forensics, security management, and information technology for those entering this growing field. Beginner? No worries—this introductory course from Vertical Institute is your gateway to becoming a cybersecurity specialist.

Vertical Institute’s graduates from this Cybersecurity course include individuals from JP Morgan Chase, IBM, CPF, PayPal, AWS, and more.

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Cybersecurity Course Details

Beginner Friendly

Beginner-Friendly

Upskill with our Cybersecurity course without no prior background or experience.

Professional Certificate

Professional Certificate

Gain an accredited Cybersecurity Certification in Singapore.

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Vertical Institute’s Cybersecurity Specialist Course in Singapore provides a comprehensive introduction to cybersecurity. Learn how to safeguard against online threats and scams and gain. Hands-on experience in critical cyber activities. Throughout the course, participants receive expert guidance, empowering them to embark on a successful career as a cybersecurity specialist.

Why Opt for Vertical Institute’s Cybersecurity Specialist Course?

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Beginner-Friendly

No prior IT background? No issue! The cybersecurity specialist course is curated to uplift individuals from all backgrounds, focusing on areas like systems security and information security.

Accredited Professional Certificate

Accredited Professional Certificate

Complete the course and earn a professional certification in cybersecurity, accredited in Singapore.

Expert-Led Learning

Expert-Led Learning

Engage in expert-led lectures, discussions, assignments, and hands-on training with industry-relevant tools, including digital forensics and security management.

Career Support

Career Support

We facilitate job matching with our hiring partners in the information technology sector and beyond, and we provide personalised career guidance.

Personalised Feedback

Personalised Feedback

Throughout the course, enjoy one-on-one consultations, receiving personalised feedback and support from your instructional team.

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Hands-On Training

Immerse yourself fully in practical training modules, including network security, mobile device security, and incident response tactics.

Course Fee & Government Subsidies

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Course Fee Subsidies

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All Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above can use their SkillsFuture Credits to fully offset the remaining fees after funding.

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In addition, NTUC members can utilize UTAP to offset 50% of remaining fees (capped up to $500 per year).

Cybersecurity Course Schedules

Choose from our flexible course schedules outside working hours. We have timeslots available on weekday evenings or on weekends.

7 Lessons, 3 hours each lessons
7 lessons,
3 hours each lesson
Online Classes via Zoom
Online classes
via Zoom
Teaching Assistants
1 Instructor,
1-2 Teaching Assistants

Cybersecurity Course Curriculum

Pre-Work

As a VI student, you will be given access to online learning materials in our e-learning portal.

To get you ready for learning, this essential pre-work will familiarise you with the basics of the key concepts and tools we will be using throughout the course.

Although you will learn these topics remotely before you arrive in class, you won’t be far away from the resources of the VI community. Make use of our Telegram channel to leverage connections with students, alumni, instructors and experts. At the end of your pre-work, you’ll be ready for the fast pace on campus!

After the course, you can choose to participate in follow-up sessions with your instructor, either in a group and/or individually, included as part of the course fee.

Module 1: Introduction to Cyber Security

Tutorials:

  • Internet, sea of opportunities and threats
  • Types of cyber criminals
  • Cybersecurity goals of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
  • Types of cyber-attacks
  • Security trends in Singapore and across the globe
  • Example of Open-Source Intelligence attack

Activity:

  • Check on account exposure
  • Case study on cybersecurity goals on organisations
  • Review on recent security incidents affecting organisations in Singapore and map to cybersecurity goals
  • Introduce the capstone project to students

Module 2: Cyber-Attack Chain

Tutorials:

  • Cyber-security snapshot
  • Cyber-Attack chain
    • Reconnaissance
    • Weaponisation
    • Delivery
    • Exploitation
    • Installation
    • Command and Control
    • Actions on Objective
  • Security technologies
    • Anti-virus
    • Security monitoring
    • Intrusion detection and prevention systems
    • Identity and access management
    • Biometrics
    • Security scanners
  • Security controls
  • Demonstration of hacking examples mapped to the Cyber-Attack Chain phases
  • Threat Modeling against organisation


Activity:

  • Map security controls against cyber-attack chain
  • Threat modeling
  • Let’s rob a bank hacker simulation

      Module 3: Online Security

      Tutorials:

      • Password security
        • Brute-force attacks
        • Commonly used passwords
        • Previously exposed passwords
        • Password strength
        • Multi-Factor Authentication
      • Account security
        • Email accounts
        • Social media accounts
        • Bank accounts
      • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)
      • Phishing 
      • Scams type related to organisations
        • Fake bank’s website
        • SMS verification

      Activity:

      • Password strength checker
      • Enable multi-factor authentication in accounts
      • Adjust privacy settings for social media accounts
      • Check for activities online of accounts
      • Search for information of a company using Open-Source Intelligence

      Module 4: Risk Management - Perimeter of Exposure

      Tutorials:

      • Cybersecurity risks examples to organisations
      • Security risks and recommendations relating to
        • Wireless
        • Mobile
        • Laptop
        • USB device
        • Web cameras
      • Risk management
        • Importance of Cybersecurity Risk Assessment
        • Risk identification
          • Examples
        • Risk analysis
        • Risk evaluation
        • Guidelines on Risk Management Practises – Internet Controls for organisations in Singapore
        • Vendors’ risk management
        • Service providers’ risk management
        • Insider threats’ risk management

      Activity:

      • Check for shared folders in computer
      • Check for mobile application permission settings
      • Update computers and mobile devices
      • Enable antivirus and firewall on computers
      • Determine cyber risks and responses for an organisation

      Module 5: Social Engineering

      Tutorials:

      • Tactics and techniques of social engineering
      • Key principles with examples on organisations
        • Authority
        • Intimidation
        • Social proof
        • Scarcity
        • Urgency
        • Familiarity
      • Social engineering vectors
        • Vishing
        • Phishing
        • Smishing
        • Impersonation
      • Distinguish between a real and a scam email
      • Distinguish between a real and a phishing website
      • The Dark Web

      Activity:

      • Review third-party access to accounts
      • Set browser security
      • Design security program to prevent social engineering attacks

      Module 6: Cybersecurity Regulations

      Tutorials:

      • Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)
        • Objectives of securing our personal data
        • How PDPA works
        • Applying PDPA to personal and work activities
        • Protecting personal data online
      • MAS TRM
        • Establish Sound and Robust Technology Risk Governance and Oversight
        • Maintain Cyber Resilience

      Activity:

      • Case study on commission decisions

      Module 7: Incident Preparedness and Response

      Tutorials:

      • Why prepare for incidents?
      • Assumed breach mindset
      • Incident preparedness and response in organisation  
        • Preparation
        • Detection and analysis
        • Containment and eradication
        • Post-incident recovery
      • Incident response checklist
      • Cyber-Security career tracks

      Activity:

      • Incident response simulation
      • Capstone project discussion

      Instructors

      Liangyang

      Senior Specialist Technical Account Manager – Security @ AWS

      Bachelor’s of Computing in Information System

      National University of Singapore
      900k+ YouTube followers

      George

      Head of Threat Hunting, PayPal

      Master of Computing (Infocomm Security), NUS

      Bachelor of Science (Information Systems), SMU

      Peter

      CO-Founder, CEO @ Synectify

      Dr of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

      Liangyang - Vertical Institute Instructor

      Liangyang

      Senior Specialist Technical Account Manager – Security @ AWS

      Bachelor’s of Computing in Information System

      National University of Singapore
      900k+ YouTube followers

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      George

      Head of Threat Hunting, PayPal

      Master of Computing (Infocomm Security), NUS

      Bachelor of Science (Information Systems), SMU

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      Peter

      CO-Founder, CEO @ Synectify

      Dr of Philosophy

      National University of Singapore

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      What is Cybersecurity?

      “Recruitment firm Michael Page is seeing growing demand for cyber-security positions such as security operations manager and IT risk manager. Salaries for these roles can range from $10,000 to $12,000 a month, said Michael Page Singapore recruiter Isha Hussain.”

      – The Straits Times, 1 May 2022

      As our daily lives become increasingly dependent on internet-based tools and services, such platforms begin to amass more of our sensitive data. 

      Coupled with the ever-evolving cyberattacks and increasing creativity from hackers today, it continues to leave our computer systems and IoT in a vulnerable state. However, by utilising cybersecurity, it can help to prevent cyberattacks, data breaches, identity theft, and aid in risk management.

      Are there course fee subsidies available?

      Yes, there is up to 70% funding support from The Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF) for our IBF-accredited programmes:

      The IBF Standards Training Scheme (“IBF-STS”) provides funding for training and assessment programmes accredited under the Skills Framework for Financial Services.

      For our training programmes that are IBF-accredited, eligible Singaporeans & PRs may receive funding support under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), subjected to all eligibility criteria being met.

      For more information on the funding support, please visit: https://www.ibf.org.sg/programmes/Pages/IBF-STS.aspx

      Can I use SkillsFuture Credits to pay for the remaining course fee after funding?

      Yes. For self-sponsored Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above, you can use your SkillsFuture Credits to offset the remaining course fees after funding. This means that you do not need to pay any cash.

      After you have registered for a course, a VI representative will reach out to guide you with the SkillsFuture Credits claim application.

      Can NTUC Union members use UTAP to offset the remaining course fee after funding?

      Yes, all our courses are eligible for Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) Funding. NTUC Union members can use UTAP to offset 50% of unfunded course fees (capped at $500 per year).

      This claim must be done after completion of the course. Please refer to the UTAP FAQ for more information.

      Can I use SkillsFuture Credits and UTAP at the same time?

      Yes, you can utilise both at the same time. UTAP can only be applied after SFC has been applied.

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      Who is eligible for IBF funding support?

      For Self-Sponsored:

      All Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) that are physically based in Singapore and successfully complete the course will be eligible.

      • Be a Singaporean Citizen or PR physically based in Singapore
      • Minimum of 75% attendance (this means that you must attend at least 6 out of 7 lessons)
      • Pass the assessment

       

      For Company-Sponsored:

      • Be from Financial Institutions that are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) (either licensed / exempted from licensing) or Fintech companies that are registered with the Singapore Fintech Association.
      • Be a Singaporean Citizen or PR physically based in Singapore
      • Minimum of 75% attendance (this means that you must attend at least 6 out of 7 lessons)
      • Pass the assessment

      How do I obtain IBF funding support? Do I need to pay the full fee first?

      This funding support works on a nett fee model. This means that participants only need to pay the remaining course fees after IBF funding. This nett fee can be fully paid with your SkillsFuture Credits.

      For Self-Sponsored:

      You must be a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) that is physically based in Singapore. You will only need to pay the course fees minus the funding support. For example, if you are eligible for 70% funding support, you will only be paying S$610.50 nett, which can be paid with your SkillsFuture Credits.

      For Company-Sponsored:

      You must be a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) that is physically based in Singapore and working in an eligible company:

      • Financial Institutions that are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) (either licensed / exempted from licensing)
      • Fintech companies that are registered with the Singapore Fintech Association

       

      Your company will pay the course fees minus the funding support. For example, if you are eligible for 70% funding support, the company will be paying S$610.50 nett for company-sponsored participants.

      Eligible companies will further be able to claim the remaining course fees after funding with the Training Allowance Grant (TAG) (S$10/hour of eligible training and assessment hours).

      Is there a Cybersecurity Certificate granted at the end of the course?

      Upon successful completion of this IBF-accredited course, participants will be awarded a cybersecurity certification recognised by employers in Singapore. VI alumni use their course certificate to demonstrate skills to employers and their LinkedIn network.

      Our programmes are well-regarded by top companies, who contribute to our curriculum and use our courses to train their own teams.

          Are there any pre-requisites for this course?

          This program is suitable for beginners with no pre-requisites.

          What if I cannot attend a class?

          If you miss a lesson, you are allowed to attend a makeup class. This would be the corresponding class of another intake that same week, subject to availability. If you cannot make it for the makeup class, then you can simply watch the recorded lesson video.

          Your attendance is only counted if you attend a makeup class.

          What are the other in-demand courses at Vertical Institute?

          Vertical Institute presents numerous in-demand courses in Singapore. These are the pathways that you can consider to carve out a career in the tech industry.

          1. Data Analytics Course
          2. Digital Marketing Course
          3. Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Course
          4. UX Design Course
          5. Advanced Data Analytics Course
          6. Cybersecurity Course

          How long can I study Cybersecurity?

          The cyber security specialist course at Vertical Institute consists of 7 lessons, with each lesson being 3 hours long. This totals 21 hours of focused, expert-led training to prepare you for a career in cybersecurity.

          How do I become a Cybersecurity specialist?

          To become a cybersecurity specialist, enrol in a cybersecurity specialist course, such as the one offered by Vertical Institute in Singapore. This course provides hands-on training in digital forensics, network security, and information security, under expert guidance. After completing the course, you will receive a professional certification, signalling your readiness to enter the field.

          What do I need to know before studying Cybersecurity?

          Before enrolling in a cybersecurity specialist course, it’s beneficial to have a basic understanding of information technology. However, many programs, including Vertical Institute’s, are beginner-friendly and don’t require prior experience. They are designed to upskill individuals from various backgrounds.

          What career opportunities are available after completing a Cybersecurity specialist course?

          After completing a cyber security specialist course, graduates may pursue roles in various domains, including security management, incident response, vulnerability assessment, and digital forensics. Potential job titles include Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Manager, and Network Security Consultant.

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          In our increasingly connected world, cybersecurity skills are indispensable. Don’t miss the chance to elevate your career in one of the fastest-growing industries. Acquire expertise in areas such as vulnerability assessment and security management with the IBF-accredited cybersecurity specialist course at Vertical Institute. Act now and step into a secure and promising future.

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