SYDNEY, Australia – 22 June 2021: The Digital Academy by Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has selected global secure coding company Secure Code Warrior® as one of its nine pioneer content partners. Officially launched yesterday, it is designed to be a “practitioner for practitioner” academy that operates at the intersection of technology and public service to strengthen the sector’s digital transformation.
Scale-up Secure Code Warrior is The Academy’s only Australian partner and will support cybersecurity skills development through a secure code programme available to all government agencies and targeted towards development teams and AppSec practitioners.
GovTech’s technology practice leads will work closely with content partners including Secure Code Warrior, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Qlik, Trustwave and Tableau to deliver a total of 95 programmes—to be available by end of March 2022—that span fields like application development, data and analytics, digital leadership, and technology and operations management.
Pieter Danhieux, CEO and Co-Founder of Secure Code Warrior, said it was positive to see the Singapore Government recognise the fundamental importance of secure coding in digital transformation.
“We are thrilled to be levelling up our collaboration with GovTech. The success we have achieved with GovTech to date provides the foundation for this content partnership with The Academy to upskill all government employees in secure coding, ensuring they’re equipped to respond to the demands of digitalisation,” Danhieux said.
“Code is at the heart of many everyday interactions—from banking to healthcare and transportation—so it’s essential for all organisations to empower development and security teams to not only find vulnerabilities but gain the knowledge and skills to prevent them from occurring in the first place.”
D N Prasad, Senior Director of Strategy, People & Organisation at GovTech, spearheads The Digital Academy as the Singapore Government undergoes its own digital transformation while driving the country’s Smart Nation vision. Prasad noted that it is timely and necessary to enhance digital literacy among public officers, especially to deepen the digital know-how of the nation’s Infocomm Technology & Smart Systems professionals.
“The Digital Academy was conceptualised to address several gaps in the learning ecosystem, particularly for tech professionals in public service. Its unique value proposition is the offering of specially-curated programmes that will impart both deep technical skills and understanding of the business of government to ICT practitioners in the public sector. This would only be possible by working in close partnership with tech practice leaders in GovTech and reputable subject-matter experts from the industry, such as Secure Code Warrior,” Prasad said.
Throughout The Digital Academy’s official launch week, the Secure Code Warrior will run one of its signature Tournaments, challenging public sector developers to solve a series of coding missions based on real code examples while competing to identify, locate and fix vulnerabilities.
To find out more about how The Digital Academy will raise the digital literacy of public sector leaders and officers, visit thedigitalacademy.tech.gov.sg
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About Secure Code Warrior
Secure Code Warrior makes secure coding a positive and engaging experience for developers. Our flagship Learning Platform delivers relevant skills-based pathways for developers to write secure code at speed; whilst intelligent and contextual developer tools fix common security bugs in real-time. Through inspiring a global community of security-conscious developers to embrace a preventative secure coding approach, our mission is to pioneer a people-first solution to security upskilling, stamping out poor coding patterns for good. Established in 2015, our customers include major financial institutions, telcos, retail, governments and global technology companies across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Learn more at securecodewarrior.com.
About Government Technology Agency
The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) is the lead agency driving Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and public sector digital transformation. As the Centre of Excellence for Infocomm Technology and Smart Systems, GovTech develops the Singapore Government’s capabilities in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, Application Development, Sensors & IoT, Digital Infrastructure, and Cybersecurity. GovTech supports public agencies to manage enterprise IT operations and develop new digital products for citizens and businesses. GovTech is the public sector lead for cybersecurity and oversees key government ICT infrastructure, as well as regulates ICT procurement, data protection and security in the public sector. GovTech is a Statutory Board under the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group in the Prime Minister’s Office. For more information, please visit tech.gov.sg.