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Systems Security

Part of the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity programme

This course covers the security of users, individual computer systems, including personal computers, smart cards and embedded platforms.

Course Objectives

  1. Considerations of common frauds on the Internet and the related ecosystem
  2. Security of widely used computer platforms and user authentication
  3. Physical-layer attacks and tamper resistant hardware
  4. Biometrics, computer forensics, and Bitcoin.

Plan your learning path

This course can be taken as a module on its own or as part of the Graduate Certificate in Systems and Networking Security stack and participants will earn 12 subject credits which can also be used towards completing the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity.

Course Details

Course Dates
No dates available currently.

14 Weeks
Once per week
7.00PM to 10.00PM

Singapore University of Technology and Design


Who Should Attend

Current industry professionals such as Systems Analysts/Security Consultants, Network Architects, Systems Engineers/Managers/Architects, IT Directors/Manager, Directors of Security, Chief Information Security Officers

Newcomers or mid-career switchers who want to acquire the skills and knowledge to enter the field of cybersecurity.


  • “O” Level Mathematics;
  • Generic Skills Competency (GSC) for Digital Literacy at Intermediate Level: Use available software features to create and edit documents, customize templates and reports and evaluate online information;
  • Programming knowledge in Python will be particularly useful

Programme Outline

Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Recognition of prior learning

For learners planning to take up the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity, you can choose from a selection of relevant modular programmes offered by SUTD, SUTD Academy and Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA). These select courses ensure relevance and application to the industry, and offer a multi-faceted approach from different institutions to help busy professionals to achieve the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity credential.

Offered by Modular Courses Subject Credits Capped Subject Credits
SUTD Foundation of Cybersecurity 12 60
System Security 12
Security Tools Lab 1 12
Security Tools Lab 2 12
Computer Networks 12

Partner Institutions

Participants can utilise up to 18 subject credits from the below certifications towards the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity.

Offered by Modular Courses Subject Credits Capped Subject Credits
Temasek SkillsFuture Academy Security Vulnerability Assessment 6 18
Enterprise Networking 4
Forensic Incident Management 4
Digital Investigation and Forensic Techniques 4
IoT Architecture 4

Industry/Professional Qualification/Certification

Participants can utilise up to 12 subject credits from the below certifications towards the ModularMaster in Cybersecurity.

Certification Subject Credits Capped Subject Credits
Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops 6 12
EC Council CEH 6
FireEye Threat Intel and Incident Response 6
FireEye Malware Analysis 3
ICS Security (SUTD iTrust) 2

Course Fees and Funding

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy

Fee after subsidy

GST on Fee after SSG Course Fee Subsidy

You pay

Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)

Fee after subsidy

GST on Fee after SSG Course Fee Subsidy

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)

Fee after subsidy

GST on Fee after SSG Course Fee Subsidy

You pay

Full Course Fee (without subsidies): $5,778 (inclusive of prevailing GST)

Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees

One-time CMF: S$10 (local and international students)
CMF per term: S$149.50 (SG/PR); S$211 (foreigners)

Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees Singapore Citizens (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) (Inclusive of GST) International Students (IS) (Inclusive of GST)
One-Time Enrolment Fee to Student Activities & Services (Student Council) S$10.00 S$10.00
Compulsory Miscellaneous Fee per term S$149.50 S$211.00


Assistant Professor Pawel Szalachowski
Assistant Professor

Pawel Szalachowski is an Assistant Professor at the Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar, SUTD. Prior to joining SUTD, he was a senior researcher at ETH Zurich, where he led the design and implementation of the SCION architecture. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Warsaw University of Technology in 2012.

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Policies and Financing Options

SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
    - Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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