Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Introduction to Cybersecurity (CET102)

Applications Open: 28 March 2023

Applications Close: 28 August 2023

Next Available Intake: 11 September 2023

Course Types: Short Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 1 day

Fees: $650

Area of Interest: Science and Technology

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education

Next Available Intakes: 20 February, 27 March, 10 April, 11 September, 09 October 2023
Level: Basic
Venue: Online via ZOOM

In this digital world, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and the people we interact with. This all starts with understanding cybersecurity

Designed for those with little or no prior knowledge of computer security, this course will provide an overview of what cybersecurity is and the various IT security measures that are currently engaged to protect various IT assets and resources. Participants will have a baseline understanding of common cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. Participants will also be introduced to the basics of cryptography, security management, wireless networking, and organizational policy. At the end of the course, a quiz will be held to test your understanding of the different technical security measures.


  1. What is Cybersecurity?
  2. IT Security Overview
  3. Security Needs (CIAN)
    a) Confidentiality
    b) Integrity
    d) Non-repudiation

Technical Considerations

  1. Data Security
    a) Types of attacks
    b) Encryption and Cryptography
    c) Hash Value/Digest
    d) Digital Signature
    e) Digital Certificate
  2. Network Security
    a) Internet/Intranet/Extranet
    b) Wireless Network
    c) Types of Attacks
    d) Firewalls/Rules
    e) VPN
  3. Application Security
    a) Types of Attacks
    b) Java, .NET security
    c) Biometrics
    d) Database security

Organization Practices and Processes

  1. Security Administration
    a) COBIT
    b) Incident Response
    c) Patch Management
  2. Physical Security
  3. Secure Software Development (SSD)
    a) Benefits of SSD
    b) Existing development models vs SSD
  4. Secure Workplace and Personal Practices
    a) Types of Cybercrimes
    b) Augmenting Password Security
    c) Keep Away from Spies, Strangers and Imposters
    d) Device Vulnerabilities
    e) Personal Data and Information (PDPA)
    f) Regulations and Policies
    g) Continuing Education
  5. Assessment (Quiz)


About the Trainer

FrancisMahendranFrancis Mahendran has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He has a Masters in Software Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Specialist diploma in IT Security from Nanyang Polytechnic. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt (Motorola), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified SCRUM Master (CSM) and also a Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA). His key specializations are IT Governance, Process & Quality Assurance, Secure Software Development, Cybersecurity, Cloud Migration Process, Quality Management Frameworks (CMMI, ITIL, ISO 27000), assessments and audits. Francis has led Motorola Software Centre, Singapore to CMMI Level 5 certification in 2005.

Francis Mahendran was the lead architect of the Motorola Secure Software Development Model (MSSDM). Francis was instrumental in creating the MSSDM and also deploying the model across all Motorola Software Centres globally. MSSDM was presented at the Software Engineering Institute’s CMMI conference, 2006 (Nashville) and in 2007 (Texas).

Francis lectures at various Universities and polytechnics. He is an adjunct lecturer at SUSS.

His areas of training and lecturing include, Secure Software Development Model, Cybersecurity, QA for SCRUM, Project Management using Agile, SCRUM Metrics and burndown analysis, Auditing agile, Cloud Migration, Data Analytics, Business Information Technology, Computer Architecture and Operating Systems.

Francis lectures at various Universities and polytechnics. He is an adjunct lecturer at SUSS.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Application form

Course Fee

Course Fee for $650

1 Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.
2 Enhanced Training Support for SMEs: SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) aged 21 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees. 
3 Additional subsidy for Singaporeans:  With effect from 1 January 2023, the GST rate will be revised from 7% to 8%. There will be no fee increase for Singaporeans taking SSG subsidized course(s) from 1 January to 31 December 2023.

  • Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.
  • Participants are required to complete all surveys and feedbacks related to the course.
  • The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice.
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior notice.

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
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