5 cyber-security jobs for graduates in Singapore

By Robert Half on 27 October 2023
Estimated Read Time: 6 minutes

Cyber-security graduates in Singapore are in hot demand. It’s estimated that Singapore will need an additional 1.2 million digital workers by 2025 – a 55% increase from today’s levels .

Better still, a report by Techshielder found Singapore ranks second in the world (behind the US) as the best place for cyber-security professionals to live and work.

In particular, the study confirmed that Singapore offers the best opportunities in terms of job openings, salary, and cost of living .

Graduates hoping to build a career in cyber-security in Singapore may be unsure about the IT areas and roles where the greatest opportunities lie.

Related: 4 common cyber security interview questions in Singapore

Here are the key areas requiring cyber-security professionals, the in-demand roles for cyber-security graduates, and the appropriate qualifications that can help graduates find cyber-security jobs in Singapore.

3 areas where cyber-security professionals are in high demand

All aspects of a company’s IT system needs to address cyber-security issues. However, changes in technology and work practices are driving demand for cyber-security graduates in Singapore across three main areas:

1. Cloud security

Companies in Singapore are adopting cloud computing at a rapid rate, reflecting the pace of digital transformation and the growth of remote working through the pandemic according to research by Information Services Group.

While cloud computing is fast becoming the system of choice for many businesses in Singapore, it also brings fresh cyber-security risks.

In 2018 for instance, hackers infiltrated the computers of SingHealth, and stole the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients, including the Prime Minister .

These types of well-publicised cyber-attacks have underpinned the growth of cyber-security jobs for graduates in Singapore.

2. Application security

Apps are big in Singapore – and growing rapidly. In the first half of 2021, installation rates of apps in Singapore jumped 49% on the previous year.

The burgeoning use of apps is not only putting pressure on companies in Singapore to develop and upgrade applications, but also bringing increased need to protect sensitive information.

3. Network security

The pandemic – and the rise of remote working, has seen companies in Singapore increase their investment in network security. This investment has spanned security technologies including cloud security and firewalls. But companies cannot afford to let their guard down.

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) found that cyber-crime accounted for 48% of overall crime in Singapore in 2021.

This is seeing organisations in Singapore place renewed focus on network security.

Related: Network Architect vs System Engineer - what is the difference?

5 in-demand cyber-security jobs for graduates in Singapore

So far we’ve looked at the IT areas where there is strong demand for IT professionals in Singapore. Now let’s take a closer look at the cyber-security jobs that graduates may want to consider.

1. Systems Security Architect

A Systems Security Architect is typically tasked with designing, building, testing, and implementing a company’s security systems.

Day-to-day responsibilities can include monitoring the effectiveness of security measures.

2. Network Architect

Networks are instrumental in day-to-day operations for many organisations in Singapore, and the role of the Network Architect is to design and build a network suitable to the company’s needs – from local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) through to intranets.

3. IT Security Analyst

The IT Security Analyst is responsible for reviewing a company’s IT security and drafting recommendations and strategies to improve system security.

The IT Security Analyst may also be required to document any security incidents, manage system recovery, and advise on how security breaches can be avoided in the future.

Related: How to become a Security Architect in Singapore

4. IT Auditor

Larger companies will often engage an IT Auditor to formally review the organisation’s IT systems, processes and protocols, and ensure the system is compliant with regulatory standards in Singapore and internationally.

5. Systems Engineer

The role of a System Engineer is to design and construct computerised systems as well managing IT infrastructure and ensuring a company’s IT systems are secure.

A Systems Engineer is often involved in managing installations, upgrades and configurations of hardware and software with a view to maximising protection against cyber-security threats.

Qualifications needed for cyber-security jobs

Most cyber-security jobs for graduates in Singapore requires tertiary qualifications. This is typically a degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Engineering depending on the role and the employer’s requirements.

Additional professional certifications can also improve a graduate’s career prospects in cyber-security.

Related: Which cyber-security skills are in-demand in Singapore?

The most widely recognised certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC).

Graduates planning to build a career as an IT Auditor may also want to consider the Certified Information Systems A (CISA) certification.

To learn more about cyber-security jobs for graduates in Singapore, contact Robert Half Singapore to discuss the opportunities available.

How a graduate can stand out from the competition

Suriani Norahim, Division Director at Robert Half Singapore and specialised technology recruiter shares her advice to graduates on how to break into the cyber security market in Singapore.

  • Engage in proactive networking within the cyber security domain and the wider digital and technology community to broaden your knowledge and benefit from shared insights on best practices through collaborative learning.
  • Demonstrate a sincere commitment to learning by sharing the training, courses, projects, and internships you've completed in educational institutions to prospective employers, sharing it on your resume / LinkedIn profile
  • Be open to starting your journey in cyber security by seeking internships or contract positions
  • Participate in cyber security seminars and events to stay informed and connected within the industry.
  • Explore/invest in taking up certifications such as CEH and CISSP, and consider enrolling in similar online training and courses.
  • While gaining experience as an intern or in a contract role, maintaining a blend of both technical and interpersonal skills is essential, as we rarely work in isolation; we typically operate within teams. This approach ensures that your ideas and recommendations receive visibility.
  • Cultivate a perpetual learning mindset. Stay humble and recognize that no one is ever a finished product; technology evolves rapidly, so remain open to ongoing learning.

Suriani says, "The most sought-after cybersecurity skills in the upcoming years will include expertise in data governance, data loss prevention, threat management, risk management, proficiency in various programming languages, a deep understanding of cloud technologies, and knowledge of security mechanisms. Additionally, the ability to identify threat profiles and establish appropriate GRC (Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance) frameworks for businesses will be in high demand."

How much do fresh graduate cyber security workers make in Singapore?

To explore up-to-date salary ranges for Cyber Security professionals, visit our Singapore Salary Guide.

Is cyber security a good career in Singapore?

Choosing a career in cyber security in Singapore offers a blend of promising job prospects, career growth opportunities, competitive remuneration, and a chance to make a significant impact in a rapidly evolving industry. With the government's support and the increasing demand for cybersecurity expertise, it's an attractive and viable career choice for individuals passionate about technology and safeguarding digital environments.

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