Singapore University of Social Sciences

Cybersecurity – A Holistic Approach

Cybersecurity – A Holistic Approach (CET302)

Applications Open: 04 August 2021

Applications Close: 03 November 2021

Next Available Intake: 17 November 2021

Course Types: Short Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 1 day

Fees: $650

Area of Interest: Science & Technology

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education

Level: Advanced
Venue: Online via ZOOM

Cyber security remains an endless challenge for enterprises, organizations and governments globally.

This course focuses on factors that encapsulate a holistic approach to cyber security. The advanced level training taps on the security knowledge gained from the basic and intermediate Cyber Security courses. It discusses the Internet of Things (IoT) and the emerging technologies that support it. It will show how cyber security becomes even more critical in the IoT era and touch on the reasons why even the best practices and measures cannot give total protection from cyber-crime. However, with a good cyber security eco-system of technical, physical, administrative and cultural measures, and a pro-active community of government, industry, enterprise and individuals, cyber-crime can be mitigated.

Equip yourself with the skills to put an end to endless cyber threats.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Appraise the security measures to safeguard data, networks and applications
  • Appreciate the importance of developing applications in a secure manner
  • Describe the management and organizational practices that support secure software development
  • Explain what IoT is, its infrastructure and its revolutionary applications
  • Review the various technologies and how they support the IoT infrastructure
  • Understand how cyber-crime and other security and privacy issues are evolving in light of IoT
  • Appreciate the need for continuous education on developments in the cyber world in order to be cyber safe


1. An Overview of IT Security

  • Security Considerations for Data, Networks and Applications
  • CIAN and Secure Software Development
  • Management Practices for Secure Software Development
  • Organizational Practices for Secure Software Development

2. IoT as the 4th Industrial Revolution

  • IoT and its possibilities
  • IoT Infrastructure
  • Enabling Technologies

3. Increasing Ramifications of Cyber Threats

  • Cyber Security in Context of IoT
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • The Cyber Security Ecosystem
  • Can Cyber Security Measures give 100% Protection?
  • The Cyber Security Community

4. 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

International ParticipantsS'poreans (aged below 40) and PRsSkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy1
(S'poreans aged 40 and above)
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs2
Full Course fee (A)$650$650$650$650
SSG grant (70%) (B)-($455)($455)($455)
Nett course fee (A) - (B) = (C)$650$195$195$195
7% GST on nett course fee (D)$45.50$13.65$13.65$13.65
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (C) + (D) = (E)$695.50$208.65$208.65$208.65
Less additional funding if eligible under various schemes (F)--($130)($130)
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding from the various funding schemes (E) - (F) = (G)$695.50$208.65$78.65$78.65

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.

  • 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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