Preparing for Cybersecurity

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


There is a high demand worldwide for information security professionals to provide protection to individuals and organizations against growing threats from cyber attackers. This course intends to provide participants with concepts of cyber security and the necessary skills to protect ourselves against cyber threats.

This subject intends to provide participants with essential concepts of information security, cryptography, secure protocols, detection and other security techniques. 

1. Introduction 
• Cyber security concepts, historical background and goals.
• Cyber threat environment (attacks and attackers), plan-protect-respond cycle.
• Hackers, viruses, social engineering, phishing, cyber terrorists and cyber warfare.

2. Planning 
• Security planning principles, technical and non-technical aspects of cyber security, policy based cyber security approaches, cyber security models and strategies.

3. Access Control
• Reusable Password based authentication and two-factor authentication.
• Introduction to biometric based cyber security technologies.

4. Cryptography 
• Instruction to cryptography.
• Secret key cryptography and its limitations.
• Concepts of public-key cryptosystems, digital signature and digital certificates.

5. Web Security
• Introduction to Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
• Concepts of Firewalls Intrusion detection system, Denial of service attacks and online payment systems.

6. Social Networks and Cyber Security
• Cyber security awareness, education, social engineering, cyber bullying, social media and its impacts on the society.

7. Cyber security for Industry 4.0
• Introduction to Industry 4.0, Cyber security and privacy challenges in Industry 4.0.
• Best cyber security solutions and practices for Industry 4.0.

8. Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 4.0
• Concepts of Blockchain, Blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies (Bitcoins, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple).
• Applications of Blockchain in businesses, future of cryptocurrencies.  

Anyone who is connected to internet and wants to upgrade his/her skills in cyber security, Industry 4.0 and Blockchain area as the application of this course is very broad. This course will be beneficial for individuals who want to learn how to protect themselves and their organizations from cyber threats. No pre-requisite is needed for this course.

Standard Course Fee: S$842.40

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 7% GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)




Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)



SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

Note: Course fee payment made before 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 7%, and payment made on or after 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 8%.

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Dr Mohammed Yakoob Siyal

Dr Mohammed Yakoob Siyal

Dr Siyal holds MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from University of Manchester, UK and an MBA (specializing in IT) degree from European Management School, Surrey University, England. Dr Siyal has been working in Universities in Europe and Asia and has been involved in teaching, research and supervising/advising students in Information Security areas at the school of EEE, NTU, Singapore. With his inter-disciplinary background he has been teaching and conducting research in Information Security, Medical Image Processing, Computer Vision, E-business/IT Management, Innovation and technology management areas. Dr Siyal has published over 200 refereed journal and conference papers and has authored 8 books. At NTU, he has won numerous teaching awards including “Best Dressed Teacher”, “Teaching Excellence Award” and “Nanyang Teaching Excellence Award”.