RECENTLY, there have been many cyber security concerns involving scams and data breaches. It has become extremely vital to know how to protect your information more securely.
This has prompted Asia Pacific University (APU) to address those concerns while demonstrating the university’s strength in providing first-class education in the area of cyber security. As an all-rounded education provider, APU has world-class facilities, qualified academics, industry-relevant syllabus and strong partnerships.
At APU, students will be trained to become qualified cyber security professionals who are ready to face challenges in the digital world through a wholesome experience.
In 2018, the Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) under Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM) recorded over 10,000 cyber security attacks on corporations and individuals nationwide. Recent incidents such as the MOMO challenge hoax, ransomware, banking account leaks and other data breaches were reported. Besides, another report published by Symantec’sInternet Security Threat shockingly revealed that malicious attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) devices have increased by 600% from 2016 to 2017.
By 2020, analysts estimate more than 50 billion devices will be connected globally, showing the increase importance of safeguarding the Internet space for both financial and personal safety.
As hackers and hacking technologies become more sophisticated, there is a need for more digital security professionals; Cisco, Symantec, Cybersecurity Ventures, ISACA and Intel have all expressed concerns on global talent shortage respectively, as highlighted in the Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021 by Cybersecurity Ventures.
With the support of industry partners and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), APU continuously responds to the talent demand as they aspire to train and nurture “superheroes” of the digital space who will combat digital crimes and safeguard digital assets when they graduate.
Industry advisory panel consisting of experts from the cyber security field – CompTIA, ISACA, CSM, MDEC, TecForte, Cyber Test Systems, Cyber Intelligence and SecureKi – are involved in designing the curriculum at APU, ensuring the syllabus taught is up-to-date and relevant for students to change and improve the landscape of secure computing.
APU also houses state-of-the-art infrastructure to complement the delivery of the curriculum. In 2018, APU launched the nation’s first CyberSecurity Talent Zone, which is now home to military-grade real-time cyber security monitoring systems, research centres and simulation infrastructure to nurture global cybersecurity, networking and IoT talents of the future.
The full-fledged Cyber Threats Simulation and Response Centre (also known as Cyber Range) and Security Operations Centre (SOC) stream live monitoring data extracted from a database of cyber-attacks worldwide, providing a platform for hands-on practice when it comes to ethical hacking and incident response.
Based on real-time data, APU students learn to monitor, troubleshoot, investigate and escalate security breach issues. These experiences nurture security professionals who are ever-ready to join the cyber security workforce with their practical and technical exposure.
APU has produced digital security superstars, who constantly outperform their peers at national and international level competitions. Some notable achievements include the Top University Award at the KPMG Cyber Challenge 2018, Champion of the Ernst & Young Asia-Pacific Global Hackathon 2019, three times champion at the F-Secure Intervarsity Cyber Security Challenge since 2016, as well as the recently attained Cyber Heroes Challenge 2019 champion and Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Graduates of APU’s digital security programmes are part of the global digital security workforce, as they are employed globally in renowned multinational companies, such as LGMS, FusionEx, Maybank, IBM, Accenture, Standard Chartered Bank and many more.
As Malaysia’s premier digital tech university, APU has leveraged on its edge in innovative education by delivering high quality and industry-relevant programmes that are within the areas of digital security, such as the BSc (Hons) Information Technology with a specialism in Information Systems Security, BSc (Hons) Cyber Security, BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing and the BSc (Hons) Computer Science with a major in Digital Forensics.
The success stories of APU graduates are a strong testament to the university’s track record and accomplishments. APU is a pioneer in digital security education for the nation and continues to build on its strength in ensuring talent fed into the industry are equipped with the knowledge and skills that allow them to seamlessly fit into a hyper-realistic emulation cyber environment.