ALPHA SPECIALIST TRAINING PROGRAMME (ASTP)
Designed to transform today’s talents into tomorrow’s world-class cybersecurity specialists
A FULL-TIME PROGRAMME THAT INCLUDES:
LEVEL 1 —
FULL-TIME INTENSIVE BOOTCAMP
Rigorous practical training
1:6 Tutor-Trainee ratio
Career sessions with industry partners
Career mentorship with industry experts
Monthly study allowance
LEVEL 2 —
INDUSTRY PLACEMENT &
Full-time positions in partner organisations
Monthly full-time salary
LEVEL 3 —
1 Week for Every 6 Months during Level 2 Training
Level up skillsets
- Hands-on lessons and labs focused on instilling practical cybersecurity skills to defend against advanced cyber threats and solve real-life cybersecurity crises
- Curriculum tailored to each trainee’s strengths, aptitude and aspiration
- Face-to-face full weekday training at the Red Alpha office
Topics that will be covered include:
OPERATING SYSTEMS (OS) INTERNALS
NETWORK SECURITY & ANALYSIS
CLOUD & DEVOPS SECURITY
MALWARE ANALYSIS & REVERSE ENGINEERING
OFFENSIVE SECURITY, RED TEAM OPERATIONS & PENTESTING
DESIGN THINKING & DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIC REPORTING
SUPPLEMENTARY INDUSTRY COURSES & CERTIFICATIONS
In addition to our core curriculum, ASTP trainees will be enrolled in industry courses. ASTP Trainees will receive highly-acclaimed industry certifications if they pass the exams.
SANS SEC504: HACKER TOOLS, TECHNIQUES, EXPLOITS, AND INCIDENT HANDLING
ASTP trainees will be enrolled into SANS SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling OnDemand training with in-person subject matter experts sessions. ASTP trainees will receive the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) certification if they pass the exam.
OFFENSIVE SECURITY PEN-200: PENETRATION TESTING WITH KALI LINUX
ASTP trainees will be enrolled in Offensive Security PEN-200: Penetration Testing with Kali Linux training. ASTP trainees will receive the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification if they pass the exam.
Through ASTP, you will be trained in Level 1 and work in Level 2 either as a:
CYBERSECURITY SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST
CYBERSECURITY ANALYSTS, INCIDENT RESPONSE &
THREAT INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST
RED TEAM & PENTEST SPECIALIST
PROGRAMME FEE — S$0
While there is no cost for you to join ASTP, the investment we make in you is borne by Red Alpha and our partners. This is our commitment to developing you as a next-generation cybersecurity specialist for Singapore.
When you are selected as an ASTP trainee, you are required to sign an agreement in which you will be obligated to complete the intensive bootcamp and work in our partner organisations for 3 years upon graduation from the bootcamp training.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
WHO CAN APPLY FOR ASTP?
Fresh polytechnic and university (or equivalent) graduates and mid-careerists are eligible.
MUST I HAVE A CYBERSECURITY BACKGROUND TO APPLY FOR ASTP?
While a cybersecurity background is not essential to excel in ASTP, you must have an aptitude and passion for cybersecurity.
HOW WILL THE LEVEL 1 BOOTCAMP TRAINING BE CONDUCTED?
It will be conducted face-to-face on weekdays 9am to 6pm at the Red Alpha office.
IS ASTP A TRAINEESHIP OR A FULL-TIME JOB?
ASTP is a full-time employment position. Trainees will have to first complete a 4-month full-time bootcamp training during which they will receive a monthly study allowance. This is followed by a 3-year full-time position in a Red Alpha partner organisation during which they will receive a monthly salary that commensurates with their job roles, skills and experience.
WHEN DOES THE NEXT ASTP COHORT START?
Application for our April 2022 cohort has closed. The next cohort is planned to start in September 2022.
ARE FOREIGNERS ELIGIBLE?
Currently, we are only accepting applications from Singaporeans and Singapore PRs for ASTP.
However, interested foreigners can join the ASTP bootcamp training at the fee of:
- S$66,000 — 4-month bootcamp with curriculum catered to individual’s aptitude; or
- S$78,000 — 4-month bootcamp with curriculum catered to individual’s aptitude and 5 additional 1-week upskilling training every 6 months upon graduation.
Please contact us for more information.
I AM GOING TO ENLIST IN NATIONAL SERVICE (NS) AFTER GRADUATING FROM POLYTECHNIC. CAN I APPLY TO JOIN ASTP?
ASTP is a full-time programme and trainees must be committed for 3 years and 4 months. We welcome interested candidates to apply for ASTP after they have completed their NS.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE ASTP IN BETWEEN THE 3 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS?
There will be a penalty imposed if you wish to leave during any period of ASTP.
Have a question?
WHY JOIN ASTP?
For each individual trainee based on their strengths, aptitude and aspirations
LEARN FROM THE BEST
Experienced practising trainers and mentors with technical and operational experiences from private and public companies/organisations and cyber intelligence and defence units
1:6 TUTOR-TRAINEE RATIO
Facilitates individual focused and dedicated training
Access to career mentors ranging from experienced practising trainers and professionals, to seniors from previous cohorts
Study allowance during the 4-month bootcamp and full-time employment salary during industry/real-world training
INDUSTRY RECOGNISED CERTIFICATES
During Level 1 Full-Time Intensive Bootcamp, trainees will be enrolled in highly-acclaimed industry courses and certification exams
1-week skills upgrading at Red Alpha office every 6 months during industry/real-world training
SUPPORTIVE RED ALPHA CULTURE
Lifetime membership in Red Alpha's active thriving ecosystem with mutually supportive partners, mentors and trainees
ASTP APPLICATION FORM
ASTP Cohort 04 is planned to start in September 2022.
ASTP Cohort 05 is planned to start in February 2023.