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Republic Polytechnic to offer Cisco CCNA Security curriculum for students taking IT diplomas

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 17, 2014
By doing so, students will gain the necessary skills and access to in-demand jobs within the network security industry

Starting next year, students from Republic Polytechnic (RP) taking their diplomas in IT will have to go through the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security training programme as part of their course requirement.

The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum in the tertiary institution will provide students with the skills and access to in-demand jobs within the network security industry, said James Tham, senior lecturer at RP's School of Infocomm.

The programme will equip students with the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognise threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats, he added. It will emphasise core security technologies; the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices; and competency in the technologies used in a security structure.

As organisations embrace cloud and mobility to cater to the younger employees entering the workforce, these trends are introducing security challenges that firms have never had to address on this scale. There is thus a need for students, who might be future network security personnel, to sharpen their technical capabilities in this area to help firms address those challenges, said Tham.

Other recent collaboration
Besides incorporating Cisco CCNA Security training programmed as part of RP's diploma in IT course, the two organisations recently collaborated on a project for students enrolled in the final year of their diploma in IT. 

For their final year project, students were tasked to develop a working prototype of a mobility-focused physical demonstration unit along with a Web portal for information access, as well as a video and demonstration script. Under the mentorship of Cisco engineers, students were taught to develop outcomes based on business needs and customer applications. They were also schooled on the business value of technology. 

"We now require a cybersecurity workforce that can effectively use technologies to address security issues," said Joshua Soh, managing director for Cisco in Singapore and Brunei.  "The skills that will be learnt in the classroom, combined with the practical experiences acquired through their final-year project, will be key in cultivating a pool of qualified professionals to meet that demand." 


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