Singapore launches cybersecurity skills pathway amid global shortage

New pathway to open doors for talent entering cybersecurity industry

Singapore launches cybersecurity skills pathway amid global shortage

The Singapore Computer Society (SCS) is launching a new skills pathway for individuals seeking a career in the cybersecurity field amid a global talent shortage.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing announced the new Skills Pathway for Cybersecurity in the SkillsFuture Festival Opening Forum on Tuesday.

"This will give individuals looking to transit into the cybersecurity sector a clear signal of the skills and certifications they need to acquire, and opportunities to demonstrate their capabilities to companies through internships and interviews," Chan said.

Thirteen employers, including ST Engineering and Temasek are pledging the support for the new pathway, according to the minister.

"They will offer internship and job interview opportunities for individuals who have attained selected industry certifications," he said.

Chan noted that the skills pathway will also help employers recognise the skills and competencies acquired through both formal and informal learning.

"Participating employers will also have access to a wider pool of talent to meet business needs," he added.

Cybersecurity talent shortage

The new skills pathway was opened in the wake of global shortage for cybersecurity talent.

According to the World Economic Forum, the world is already in need of nearly four million professionals in the cybersecurity industry, which is expected to balloon to more than 85 million workers by 2030.

The Asia-Pacific region logged the biggest shortage for cybersecurity talent, needing more than 2.5 million workers, WEF data revealed.

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