Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics (T62)

2019 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 11

Viruses, trojans and hackers – these are just some of the dangers lurking on the Internet. How can organisations protect themselves against a threat they can’t even see?

Government systems, game companies and many other organisations have already been compromised. More than ever before, there is high demand for talented cyber security professionals and those with digital forensics skills who can investigate crimes and retrieve evidence from computers and networks.

 With the current often borderless and constantly evolving nature of cyber threats, we believe that a new generation of highly skilled specialists is key to a secure future. With the lack of existing cyber security talents worldwide, courses such as this aim to bridge the gap by providing students with the expertise and opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the security industry, and be groomed as the next generation of leaders with cybersecurity knowledge and skills.
—  Stephan Neumeier
     Managing Director
     Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific and Japan
 Delve into the world of hacking


What you will learn

  • Build a Strong Foundation

    In Year 1, you will learn the core computing subjects ranging from computational thinking and user experience to IT security and data analytics. This strong foundation provides the core skills necessary for any cyber security and digital forensics specialist to understand what is necessary to defend and protect information systems.
  • Defend Cyber Space

    Defend Cyber Space

    In your second year, you will acquire cyber security and forensics industry-specific competencies such as networking security, file system forensics, malware analysis and ethical hacking. Receiving hands-on training in state-of-the art facilities, you will learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments of computer and application systems, use ethical hacking tools and implement intrusion prevention solutions.
  • Apply Advanced Skills in Cyber Security

    Apply Advanced Skills in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics

    In your final year you will experience working in ‘live’ learning enterprises such as the TP-IBM Security Operations Centre and Temasek Advanced Learning, Nurturing and Testing (TALENT) Laboratory, set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. You will have opportunities to be attached to local and overseas cyber security and/or forensics companies where you can apply your knowledge and skills to cyber security and/or forensics related-projects and real-life situations.

Notable Features

  • Exciting internship opportunities with organisations such as RSA, Symantec, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Professional certifications including the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), RedHat Certified System Administrator/ Engineer (RHCSA/RHCE), Forensic Toolkit ACE and Cellebrite Mobile Forensics Fundamentals.
  • Teaching faculty includes lecturers who are Certified Information System Auditors (CISA) and Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP), possessing expert knowledge and skills in this specialized field.
  • Access to experts from Ministry of Home Affairs and IBM who contribute to making this course highly engaging and relevant.
  • Our students have secured admission and scholarships to top-notch universities such as Carnegie-Mellon (USA).
  • Secure prestigious scholarships such as the CSIT, Singtel Cybercadet and ST Electronics (STEE) Scholarships for your Polytechnic studies.

Career Prospects

Graduates front the Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics will have good employment opportunities with local and multinational businesses, governments, financial and banking institutions and consulting firms as Security Penetration Testers, Security Operations Analysts, Incident/Forensic/Threat investigators and IT Security Auditors.

Further Education

You can undertake the Earn and Learn Programme and acquire a Specialist Diploma + Work Experience. Find out details here

For degree courses and advanced standing, please click this link to access diploma to degree courses for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects Grades 1-6

To be eligible for selection, applicants must also have sat for one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3-D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition,Fundamentals of Electronics, General Science, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

Note: Applicants with complete colour vision deficiency are not eligible to apply for this course.

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Course Structure


Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.


This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.


This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.   


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.


You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.


This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.


Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.


This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.


This subject has a structured programme that will help to develop important workplace skills for application in a real work environment. The subject will cover a pre-internship training programme and a mentorship programme with the industry. The subject will also cover the roles and functions of an IT professional in an industry and ability to contribute effectively with a high level of professionalism in the workplace.


* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces statutes and ethical issues pertaining to IT. Topics covered include the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Personal Data Protection Act and Intellectual Property Rights. The subject also introduces key principles of Information security namely confidentiality, integrity and availability and their application in various security scenarios. Topics covered also include international standards, security policies, procedures, and processes to protect IT systems against cyber-attacks and information breaches.


This subject will introduce the fundamental concepts of relational database systems, the design methods specific to relational database, database manipulation using a database query language, and the techniques of implementing relational databases. It will also cover implementation of simple application to access relational database.


The subject covers logic, sets, functions, recursion and graphs. It covers mathematical processes for developing algorithms in computing and other real-life applications. Topics also covered include the fundamental mathematical concepts needed for computing.


This subject introduces the concepts and techniques of data analytics and its importance at work and in society. You will cover the data analytics lifecycle, the formulation of business analytics goals, performance of exploratory data analysis, preparation of data for analysis, application of basic analytics techniques and presentation of insights derived.


This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of recursion and data structures in solving problems using a programming language. Topics covered include stacks, queues, linked lists and trees. Searching techniques and sorting algorithms.


This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of computational thinking and their application in developing programming solutions to problems. Topics covered include programming concepts, simple data structures and programming techniques.


This subject introduces students to the concept of Human-Centered Design, and its practice to create useful digital products and interfaces that offer great user experience (Ux). Grounded on the lean product development cycle, the topics covered in this subject include Designing Interfaces, Need Findings, Sketching and Prototyping for Interactive Experience, and Testing.


This subject introduces students to coding principles and practices using an object-oriented approach. The subject also introduces the development of an IT application using the latest technologies. Topics covered include object and classes, composition, simple data structures, application architecture, design and development.


This subject covers the fundamentals of networking and its related technologies. Topics covered include network protocols and communications, OSI and TCP/IP networking model, IP addressing, virtual local area networks (VLANs), static and dynamic routing, network address translation and wireless networking.


This subject discusses threats on the Internet and provides an understanding of how a cyber-attacker will penetrate a network. It equips you with the principles and practices of preventing such attacks, discussing threats such as malicious codes, website defacing and hacking, illegal access to unauthorised information, privacy violations, distributed denial of services and cyber terrorism. You will acquire knowledge of potential threats, various penetration strategies and methods, and the respective counter measures. You will also learn the principles of creating a secure network design.


This subject covers the concept and techniques required to discover and investigate evidence from various digital storage devices. Topics include using common tools and commercial toolsets for extraction and analysis of digital evidence. Network traffic capture and analysis will also be discussed and investigated for the tracing of specific information and source of attacks.


This subject aims to familiarise you with the various IT security policies processes and procedures, as well as best practices in industry and government. You will learn about the associated standards for risk management and the management of IT security. You will also learn how to plan, execute, report and follow up on an information security management system audit.


This subject covers the concept and techniques required to configure and administer a typical networked server using common operating systems in the industry. Topics include installation of a server system, configuration of devices, disks and file systems with security configuration of Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) environments. Administering of key server services, using various tools and system scripting to monitor and analyse its performance and security will be discussed and applied. The subject also covers the concepts of encryption methodology, Public Key Infrastructure, key distribution and authentication.


This subject focuses on secure web application design and development. It discusses the inherent threats and vulnerabilities of web applications and the corresponding countermeasures. In addition, it includes industry best practices such as OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top Ten Web Application Vulnerabilities.


This subject introduces internetworking security technologies, including configuring network-based access control lists, managing network firewalls, configuring logging and remote management. The subject also covers the configuration of authentication, authorisation and accounting on network devices, customising privilege levels and views.


This subject covers the policies, plans and procedures for computer security incident response of events such as denial of service, malicious code and authorisation access. It establishes proper processes for assessing the impact of incident on business and implements effective methods of collection, analysis and reporting of data.


Through this subject, you learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt from other subjects in the Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics curriculum. The subject provides an opportunity for the practical application of both technical and soft skills such as project management, presentation and problem solving.


Diploma Subjects - Elective Cluster Subjects

Digital Forensics

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers three main areas: Mobile Device Forensics, Image & Video Forensics, and Correlation & Artificial Intelligence. You will be using different tools to extract and analyse digital media data from various mobile devices. Fundamental elements of digital photos and digital videos will also be taught. Different image and video enhancement techniques to process evidence for investigation will be covered. Matching and correlation techniques, including the use of artificial intelligence, will be covered as well.


This subject introduces you to the methodology and techniques of analysing multiple sources of digital evidence to determine the cause and effect of an incident. The topics in the subject include the application of best practices and techniques to relate digital evidence to cybercrimes. You will review various case facts to determine how they are related to a crime, reconstruct an incident as well as produce and present findings in a manner that is acceptable to a court of law. You will also go through case examples on best practices and how cause and effect were derived during an investigation.


This subject covers the investigation of applications such as web browsers, word processors and standalone executables, as well as Internet applications such as emails and social networking websites, in the context of digital forensics. These applications may be used for illegitimate means or to introduce malicious software into a computer system. In these cases, digital forensic analysis would be carried out to determine the source and extent of the damage.


This subject covers data security and governance as a quality control discipline for assessing, managing, using, improving, monitoring, maintaining, and protecting organisational information. You will learn about concepts such as data security and access, data protection, data policies, business process management, and risk management surrounding the handling of data in an organisation.


Enterprise Security

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

The subject covers the security risks associated with the deployment and use of enterprise level server operating systems as well as services such as email, database, secure wired and wireless access and web. The subject teaches assessment of security risks when these systems are integrated and conducting penetration testing and incident response to ensure the integrity and security of the enterprise systems.


This subject covers the key processes from project initiation to project closure such as project planning, project monitoring and control, resource management, project implementation and closure.


\This subject covers the security and privacy issues involved in the implementation of IoT applications and services. You will learn topics which cover cryptography, capability, access-control mechanisms, authentication models and privacy support


This subject covers topics such as security trends and technologies in the industry, the types of innovation, key elements of innovation and innovation skills required to move progressively from idea to impact. It discusses topics on security innovation relating to the methods, ideas, production, market needs, effective processes, impact and needs of customers.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamental Subjects 40 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

72 credit units
min 8 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed 120 credit units

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