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Surabaya institute opens ICT program amid global ransomware panic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 16, 2017   /   09:45 pm
Surabaya institute opens ICT program amid global ransomware panic Cybersecurity: The November 10 Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, East Java, has opened an Information and Communications Technology study program set to begin accepting students this year. (Courtesy of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)/File)

The November 10 Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, East Java, has opened an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) study program, enrolment in which will begin this year.

The institute’s School of Information Technology dean Agus Zainal Arifin said it was hoped that the opening of the new program would produce human resources to tackle problems in the field of information and communications technology.

“Currently, the WannaCry ransomware has triggered massive public concern. It is hoped the study program can tackle such a problem. One of the outputs we are expecting from the program is that we will have more experts in the field of cybersecurity,” said Agus, as quoted by news agency Antara.

(Read also: Indonesia prone to cyberattacks: Expert)

He explained that the School of Information Technology had completed its internal permit requirements and had submitted a license request to the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT).

“We hope the license can be issued immediately,” said Agus, adding that once the license was issued, enrolment into the study program could begin in September.

As cybersecurity experts, it is hoped all graduates of the ICT study program will have expertise in application security and can work especially as system integrators and cloud service experts.

“We hope they can deal with the internet of things [IOT] like the one that has been built in Surabaya and applied in its Smart City concept,” said Agus. (hol/ebf)