02 August 2010 - A total of 27 students from the junior colleges, polytechnics and international schools received the National Infocomm Scholarship awards today from Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
Singapore, 02 August 2010 | For Immediate Release
Nine to Specialise in Infocomm Security
A total of 27 students from the junior colleges, polytechnics and international schools received the National Infocomm Scholarship awards today from Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. This brings the total number of National Infocomm Scholars, since the launch of the scholarship in 2004, to 208. Out of the 27 scholars this year, nine have chosen to specialise in infocomm security as the demand for infocomm security professionals increases.
The National Infocomm Scholarship ("NIS"), launched in February 2004, aims to develop infocomm leaders for the infocomm industry. The latest batch of 27 scholars will pursue their degree programmes at local universities such as NUS and NTU, and at overseas universities such as Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Institute of Technology. The scholars will be nurtured by leading Multi-National Companies (MNCs), local companies and government agencies during their course of study, through mentorship and overseas work attachments of up to six months. At the end of their studies, all NIS scholars would go on to serve their bond with their sponsoring organisations. The sponsoring organisations come from diverse sectors including banking and finance, defence, energy, entertainment, and infocomm.
RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, CEO, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, said, "We are pleased to see that the National Infocomm Scholarship continues to attract outstanding students to an infocomm career. The National Infocomm Scholarship is an excellent platform for students who are passionate in infocomm to pursue a career in this industry. The strong partnership between IDA and our NIS partners will also help to ensure that our scholars obtain valuable industry experience and in depth knowledge of the infocomm industry which will equip them well for their infocomm careers."
Currently there are 140,800 infocomm professionals working in both the infocomm and non-infocomm industry 1. It is expected that by the end of 2015, there will be close to 190,000 infocomm professionals spread across various economic sectors and specialisations. One key area of growth would be infocomm security, which is expected to require an additional 2,000 infocomm security professionals by 2015. The growth of emerging infocomm trends such as Cloud Computing and the need for better security compliance, especially in the financial sector, are factors which will drive this growth.
Joining the list of 27 National Infocomm Scholarship sponsoring organisations which support the NIS programme is Stratsec.Net Pte Ltd ("stratsec"), an independent information security consulting and testing services in Australia and the South East Asian region. The inclusion of stratsec for the NIS programme will help to groom scholars in the area of infocomm security. This is in line with one of the strategic thrusts of the Singapore's Infocomm Security Masterplan 22, to enhance the competency of infocomm users and infocomm security professionals.
Annex A Factsheet on National Infocomm Scholarship (101.13KB)
Annex B List of National Infocomm Scholarship 2010 Recipients (36.73KB)
Annex C Quotes from NIS Scholars (133.30KB)
1 IDA's Annual Survey on Infocomm Manpower
2 The Infocomm Security Masterplan 2 (MP2), launched in April 2008, is a five-year roadmap which aims to build upon the achievements of the first Masterplan by enhancing the tenacity of our economy against cyber attacks, thereby boosting the confidence of investors in choosing Singapore as a strategic and secure location for their investments.
BY THE INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
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