Ensign unveils cybersecurity employment scheme for individuals with autism

Ensign InfoSecurity has inked a partnership with Singapore’s Autism Resource Centre (ARC) to roll out an employment scheme designed for individuals on the spectrum. The programme, which has led to three hires, caters to these professionals’ specific cognitive strengths, such as pattern-recognising skills and the ability to grasp spatial concepts.

The collaboration aimed to create career opportunities by identifying and training suitable individuals for the industry, said the cybersecurity vendor in a statement Friday. 

Established in 2000, ARC is a not-for-profit charity that focuses on supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum. It provides various services such as an early intervention programme as well as operates autism-focused Pathlight School, two social enterprises, and Employability & Employment Centre. 

It worked with Ensign to design the employment programme for neurodiverse professionals with cognitive strengths, including analytical, 3D visualisation, and extended focus capabilities. Such skills made these individuals a “natural fit” for cybersecurity roles, said Ensign, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of local telco StarHub and state-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings. 

Three hires already had undergone a training curriculum that encompassed IT basics, networking, and cybersecurity fundamentals. In addition, these individuals received specialised training that included operations managed by Security Operations Centre (SOC) and

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