SINGAPORE: A new academy aimed at training IT professionals in cyber security has been launched.
The Cyber Security Academy, housed at Singapore Polytechnic, is the result of a deal with Ixia Asia-Pacific.
Speaking at the academy's launch on Wednesday, Ixia Asia-Pacific vice president and general manager Naveen Bhat said the threat of cyber security is increasing.
He said: "Modern cyber attack is like a tropical storm -- the scale and impact are hard to predict."
It takes just seconds to bring down networks, with coordinated, large-scale attacks.
The academy hopes to address this and help companies see the importance of preventing cyber attacks.
Mr Naveen said: "Companies are still reactive. They don't have a physical visual understanding of the nature of the catastrophe.
"When there's an earthquake or a tsunami or a bomb blast, we have a visual representation of what's going to happen. But in a cyber attack, they don't have a visual representation of the disaster. "
The facility can simulate large-scale cyber attacks from up to 7.5 million hackers.
The five-day course -- which can take up to 20 participants -- gives students hands-on training in cyber security defences.
It is conducted jointly by SP lecturers and Ixia, a company which specialises in IT security.
The move comes as Singapore faces a dearth of cyber security experts, amid recent website hacking incidents.
Figures from the Ministry of Communications and Information showed there are only 1,200 IT security specialists in 2012, out of 144,300 infocomm workers, down from 1,500 in 2011. - CNA/al
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