Singapore Hunting, Identifying Talented Students For Government Cyber Defense Systems

(Threatcare) Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (Mindef) is on the hunt for young people to serve their national service requirements in the realm of cyber defense systems. To accomplish this, Mindef will be working with the nation’s educational institutions to identify students with technological chops to make the cut.

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kun explains that students who are chosen to try out for Mindef’s brand-new Defence Cyber Organization will be selected from school-wide cybersecurity competitions and camps. Only the best will be offered the opportunity to serve in the new cyber defense program.

Mr. Ong also noted that past winners of these competitions currently working in the industry may also be considered to serve on the Defense Cyber Organization in some capacity.

As the fifth Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp at the Singapore University of Technology and Design drew to a close, Mr. Ong said that he would like for Mindef’s newest cyber defense program to mirror that of their “elite combat forces,” noting that they should be selective and that the demands of the team will intense.

Winners from the five-day camp were given awards from Mr. Ong, as well. The camp is designed for pre-college students to help spark interest in the field of cyber defense.

Defence Science and Technology Agency director for cybersecurity Tan Ah Tuan commented that what they hope they cyber security camps will “create awareness and nurture interest in cybersecurity among bright young minds with us today.”

You really have to admire Singapore’s novel approach to addressing the need for more cybersecurity professionals. Clearly, other nations need to step up their game. “The United States needs to find a better way to identify cybersecurity talent. In the military, the ASVAB test is used to identify people who are likely to be successful in certain career fields,” Marcus J. Carey, the founder of Threatcare commented.

“Creating a way to properly identify Americans for cyber defense systems could level the playing field for people that are generally excluded from high tech jobs as well,” Carey added.

Will the US adopt a similar technique to engage today’s youth and get them interested in cybersecurity? Given the increasing need for such professionals, it might not be a bad idea.

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