Mindef offers new short-term cyber-specialist scheme for NSFs to boost cyber-security fight

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Defence will train full-time national servicemen who have an aptitude for cyber security to become elite cyber defenders in the regular service, with a new short-term contract scheme.

From Monday (Feb 12), any national service pre-enlistee enlisting from the second half of 2018 onwards, when the pilot scheme starts, can apply for it.

If selected, they will serve a total of three or four years in uniform, earning regular service pay after first completing a minimum period as full-time national servicemen (NSFs).

These cyber specialists will take classes under the Singapore Institute of Technology’s (SIT) cyber-security degree once a week, while being deployed in advanced cyber-defence roles, such as penetration testing, cyber forensics and malware analysis. The classes will earn them academic credits for an SIT degree later.

Mindef will give out between 50 and 70 of these Cyber Specialist Awards for the first year. This will increase to between 80 and 90 when

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