RECC: Securing A Future in InfoComm Security
By Philip Tnee
“Cyber security” used to mean protecting a computer with a log-in password. But with computer users around the world becoming increasingly connected, IT security specialists are now expected to be more than technology gurus. As Michael Chin, a graduate from Raffles Education Corp College (RECC) says, “It means having the ability to adapt to various situations and job scopes without getting tied down by a specialisation in a certain field.”
The 24-year-old came across RECC’s course during a career fair, and was impressed by the comprehensive range of certifications under its InfoComm Security course. The course offers Advanced Diplomas leading to Bachelor of Science with honours degrees in InfoComm Security, and incorporates the contents of industry-acclaimed qualifications such as MCP, MCSA, MCSE, Security+, and CEH, accredited by Microsoft, CompTIA and EC-Council. “These certifications, together with my academic qualifications, are internationally recognised, and raises my career prospects tremendously when I attend job interviews,” says Michael, who emerged from RECC with an Advanced Diploma in Infocomm Security.
Being an infocomm security specialist requires one to stay constantly vigilant and able to deal with the latest threats and viruses. RECC helps its students to keep up with trends in cyber security through its partnership with Microsoft, the leader in IT software research and development, and EC-Council, a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. For Michael, the ability to tap into Microsoft’s resources was as good as being put on the front lines of current and future IT developments.
Now working as a Networks & Computer Systems Administrator, Michael’s responsibilities include educating computer users on the dos and don’ts when working with data, maintaining the strength of user passwords, and advocating the importance of updated anti-virus software as any user’s minimum level of protection. “From the courses in RECC, I learnt how to better secure the physical security of a PC system, and ensuring networks are not easily compromised by unauthorised infiltrations.”
Michael is also among a privileged few that receive first-hand information on new developments, and get equipped with the necessary knowledge in protecting valuable data from being misused in cyberspace. He applies this knowledge to strengthen firewalls in his organisation’s computer systems and identifies weak points where security can be beefed up.
RECC’s facilities and staff made Michael’s learning journey a most pleasant one. “The lecturers were approachable and the laboratories were spacious,” he describes. This allowed for extremely enriching hands-on lessons that went a long way in preparing him for exciting prospects in his field of study.
Certainly, the future looks bright for Michael, as cyber security has become of such great importance that companies spare no effort or portions of their budgets in keeping their IT infrastructure secure. Being a relatively new discipline in Asia, the niche factor of Infocomm Security goes a long way in enhancing Michael’s employability.
All this is due in part to RECC, which was voted “Singapore’s largest and most global private education organisation” by Edupoll 2008/2009, reinforcing Michael’s stand that his experience there was “enriching and most definitely satisfying”.