Published on 01 Aug 2019

Defenders of cyberspace

How one alumnus found his mission to develop talents to help secure our cyberspace.

To mitigate the growing number of cybersecurity threats, more resources need to be invested to reinforce our security in the cyberspace. However, there is a shortage of professionals in cybersecurity - Frost & Sullivan predicts a shortfall of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2020.

Helping to mend this skill gap crisis is The Cyber Assembly, a start-up that uses active-learning platforms to train cybersecurity professionals. Based in Singapore, the team hopes to promote innovation in the cybersecurity space and make a difference in the region.

A passion for cybersecurity

The Cyber Assembly was founded in 2017 by NTU alumnus Mr Ng Pan Yong (SCSE/1998). After spending most of his career in the corporate sector, Ng felt a strong urge to pursue his passion in cybersecurity.“

Many people are working jobs which may be irrelevant in five years’ time and they are unaware of this. What keeps me going is how I can translate my passion into impact by equipping students and mid-career professionals with relevant skills for the future while empowering them at the same time,” said Mr Ng.

To get funding to fuel the venture, Mr Ng sought the help of Mr Richard Oh, a member of the Enterprise Development team at NTUitive, whom he had met several years back. The acquaintance proved to be crucial, as Mr Ng secured the SG Founder grant with NTUitive’s help in 2018.

The Cyber Assembly’s first full-time employee, a cybersecurity developer, is Mr Johan Tan (SCSE/2019). They first met at a cybersecurity competition before their paths crossed again at a sharing session by Mr Ng at NTU. For the latter half of the year, Mr Ng and his team would work from NTUitive’s hot-desking space at JTC Launchpad @ one-north.

Given the region’s explosive growth in financial technologies (FinTech) and its dependence on cybersecurity, the team hopes to leverage the resulting demand and expand regionally into countries with a strong FinTech sector by the end of the year. To find out more about The Cyber Assembly, visit their website for more information.