SINGAPORE: The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) unveiled plans yesterday (Oct 18) to offer 10,000 training opportunities aimed at empowering women with essential cybersecurity skills. This pivotal move reflects Singapore’s commitment to diversifying the field and bridging the gender gap in cybersecurity.

The CSA, in its bid to bolster the cybersecurity workforce, will provide tailor-made training programmes, specifically designed for engineers. These initiatives intend to address the burgeoning demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals while simultaneously equipping individuals with the necessary expertise to safeguard digital infrastructure.

Speaking at the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) Women in Cyber Event yesterday, Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo emphasized the collective effort required to fortify national and global cybersecurity and underlined the significance of not only technology experts but also professionals from various fields like finance and law acquiring cybersecurity knowledge.

Ms Teo also acknowledged the growing interest of women in the cybersecurity domain. She pointed out that while the supply of personnel in network security currently surpasses demand, it presents an opportune moment for women to enter the industry. Moreover, this influx of female talent is pivotal in ensuring that Singapore continues to nurture and develop proficient cybersecurity professionals.

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Ms Teo stressed that closing the talent gap in cybersecurity is a priority for the government. She noted, “Because demand far outstrips supply, it’s a really good time to welcome more women to the cybersecurity profession. It also fits well with our holistic yet practical approach to grow a sustainable talent pipeline for cyber.”

With this initiative, Singapore is taking a giant stride towards enhancing its cybersecurity landscape while fostering gender diversity in an industry traditionally dominated by men. These measures are set to not only strengthen the nation’s digital resilience but also create an inclusive and thriving environment for women to excel in the field of cybersecurity.