Teo Chuan Kai
Diploma in Infocomm Security Management
Public Service Commission Scholarship (Engineering), 2019
A Passion for Cybersecurity
Besides playing the guitar and his keen interest in photography, nothing intrigues Teo Chuan Kai more than exploring the inner workings of web applications, networks and systems to understand the way they operate, detect inherent limitations and problem-solve to ensure secure systems. Not satisfied to just excel in his Diploma in Infocomm Security Management course, he enrolled in external courses during school vacations, and attained industry certifications such as the Organisational Systems Security Analyst from ThinkSECURE and the Certified Ethical Hacker from EC-Council. A deep specialist, in his time with SP, Chuan Kai was part of the Organising Committee for a Gryphon Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition and represented SP at various national-level information security competitions like the Singapore Cyber Conquest (2017 & 2018), and the 2017 Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp, where he won the bronze award.
While he always knew that he wanted a career in cybersecurity, it was not until an internship opportunity with GovTech that he realised that most importantly, he wanted to make a positive impact on people who rely on and utilise digital government services. A career in the Singapore Public Service would provide him the opportunity to serve the nation and shape Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape.
Chuan Kai firmly believes that inner motivation and passion determines successful outcomes. No matter what course one chooses in life, he feels that one should own his or her decisions with conviction. As he eloquently puts it, “if external influences take control over your decisions, a part of you will always feel that maybe you should have done something else. While this advice is not specific to your scholarship journey, this is a mindset that can help you in any stage or area in life.” Just as Chuan Kai found his calling in life, we hope all our students do too.