SINGAPORE – Ms Rebecca Tan was a third-year computing pupil on the Nationwide College of Singapore when she took half in a youth cyber safety studying camp in 2019.
On the Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp (CDDC) organised by the Defence Science and Know-how Company (DSTA), she delved deep into cyber safety matters equivalent to cryptography, community safety and Net safety.
The camp culminated in a cyber safety capture-the-flag (CTF) competitors, the place groups pitted their expertise and methods in opposition to one another.
The expertise, together with an internship stint at DSTA in the identical yr, piqued her curiosity within the defence know-how business.
Ms Tan, 25, is now a defence engineer at DSTA’s Cybersecurity Programme Centre.
She mentioned: “On hindsight, the camp was a beneficial expertise. I acquired plenty of expertise and data by the hands-on actions.”
The CDDC is amongst a sequence of workshops, camps and hackathons associated to digital applied sciences that returned this yr over the course of the final month as a part of the fourth version of BrainHack, DSTA’s annual studying fest.
Participation in BrainHack has been rising quickly, with over 3,000 college students taking part this yr in contrast with 1,500 college students when it began in 2019.
The actions are open to college students of varied ranges – from secondary college all the way in which to college.
No prerequisite expertise are required for college students to affix the actions as coaching is offered.
Ms Tan was certainly one of a number of former contributors who credited BrainHack as a place to begin for wishing to affix the defence know-how neighborhood.
Mr Nicholas Neo, a 2020 alumnus of BrainHack, mentioned the expertise sparked his curiosity in synthetic intelligence (AI).
He mentioned: “For AI, you do not study lots simply from idea, you should put the speculation to make use of by constructing fashions to essentially study.”
His curiosity has carried by.