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Gain New Skills with Introduction to Cybersecurity Course

Join the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course in Singapore and learn critical skills from industry experts. Secure your future in the rapidly evolving industry today!

Pay little or no cash with government subsidies:

Our Cybersecurity course graduates come from industry-leading companies.

Why is Now the Perfect Time to Learn Cybersecurity in Singapore?

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In 2022, phishing attempts on Singapore targets surged by 175% to 8,500, with the banking sector being the most spoofed. As cyber attacks grow, so do opportunities for those prepared to combat them. Beginner? No worries. This introduction to cybersecurity course from Vertical Institute is designed to get you started.

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

"Two of the top 10 fastest-rowing jobs were found to be in cybersecurity"

Possible Career Pathways for Cybersecurity:

Cybersecurity Analyst
Head of Cybersecurity
Ethical Hacker
Security Architect
Network Security Engineer
Information Security Consultant
Threat Intelligence Analyst
Incident Responder
Security Operations Center Analyst
Security Compliance Analyst

Cybersecurity Course Details

Vertical Institute’s Part-time Cybersecurity course in Singapore will explore everything you need to know about cybersecurity: from protecting against online threats and scams, and much more. Participants will gain hands-on experience with cybersecurity activities – while receiving expert guidance.

Class Details and Support

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7 lessons, 3 hours each lesson

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Online classes via Zoom

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1 Instructor, 1-2 Teaching Assistants

Live Q&A sessions

Close mentorship and guidance from instructors

Weekly free consultation slots

Capstone project feedback from instructor

Out of class support from TAs and instructor

Why Choose VI for Your Introduction to Cybersecurity Course?

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

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Professional Certificate

Gain an accredited Cybersecurity Certification in Singapore.

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Expert-led Learning

Learn new concepts and tools through expert-led lectures, discussions, assignments and project work.

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Personalised Feedback

Receive individualised feedback and support from your instructional team with free 1-on-1 consultations.

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Capstone Project

Apply what you’ve learned to create a capstone project solving a real-world data problem

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Community Benefits

Be part of the VI community where members can leverage connections with alumni, instructors and experts

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Career Support

Dedicated career support and matching with hiring partners

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Hands-on Training

Fully hands-on training with industry tools

Cybersecurity Course Curriculum

Acquire the fundamental skills in Cybersecurity with our comprehensive and hands-on curriculum.


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

      Module 3: Online Security


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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


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

      Module 6: Cybersecurity Regulations


      • 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


      • Case study on commission decisions

      Module 7: Incident Preparedness and Response


      • 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


      • Incident response simulation
      • Capstone project discussion

      Course Fee & Government Subsidies

      Upskill with ease, take course fees off your mind with government subsidies.

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      Pay even less or 0 cash with additional support 🎉

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

      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.

      How to Apply in 3 Simple Steps

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      Select Class Schedule

      Choose convenient classes on evenings or weekends.

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      Calculate Your Subsidies

      Fill out the form to calculate your government subsidies.

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      Pay $50 Deposit To Secure Your Spot

      Instead of paying the full fee, place a small deposit to secure your slot.

      Meet our Instructors

      Learn Cybersecurity live from industry experts for real-world insights.

      Cybersecurity Training Reviews

      Hear directly from students about their bootcamp experience.

      Job Placement Assistance

      Vertical Institute offers Job Placement Assistance to graduates that have successfully completed any of our courses.

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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

          Do I need prior knowledge of computer security to enrol in the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course?

          No, you do not need any prior knowledge of computer security to enrol in the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course. The course is designed to be beginner-friendly and will guide you through all the key concepts necessary to understand cybersecurity comprehensively.

          What topics will be covered in the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course?

          The course covers a wide range of topics, including computer security fundamentals, cyber attacks and threats, public key protocols, operating systems security, and computing networking practices. It is designed to give you a solid foundation in cybersecurity.

          Will I learn about real-world cybersecurity threats in this course?

          Absolutely. The Introduction to Cybersecurity Course is designed to not only teach you the theoretical aspects of cybersecurity but also to expose you to real-world cybersecurity threats. This hands-on approach ensures that you are well-prepared to understand and tackle actual security challenges.

          How will the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course help my career?

          Enrolling in the Introduction to Cybersecurity Course at Vertical Institute will equip you with essential skills and knowledge to protect organisations from cyber attacks. As cyber threats continue to rise globally, trained cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. This course will provide you with the skills needed to pursue various roles in the cybersecurity field, making you a valuable asset to potential employers.

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