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SMU Certificate in IT Risk, Governance and Security (IBF Level 1)


Recent high-profile cyber crimes and IT breaches across the globe have made headline news. With digitilization rapidly transforming the financial services industry, managing technology risk is now a business priority.

It is critical for banking professionals to understand and manage IT risks, threats and vulnerabilities, to safeguard business continuity and reputation. Benchmarked to industry standards and best practices, this 2-day certification program provides the fundamental framework to identify risks and implement controls against potential security concerns. 


  • Understand governance principles & risk management concept
  • Know major risk exposures for Technology & Operations (T&O)
  • Identify tools and controls to mitigate risks
  • Be familiar with regulatory framework applicable to T&O
  • Develop awareness of IT risks, threats & vulnerabilities
  • Identify relevant network security controls to mitigate risks
  • Assess new threats against established security controls
  • Learn good security practices and standards
  • Understand the intent and objectives of security reviews
  • Perform security standards and compliance reviews


New hires and entry level professionals in financial services or IT risk and security related disciplines.

Middle office staff such as product controllers, risk managers, auditors and compliance officers seeking to gain foundation knowledge in IT risk and security 


Leonard Ong has over 15 years of information and corporate security experiences gained in telecommunication, enterprise and banking industries. He held various roles within the security profession, with responsibilities in information security, corporate security, project management, consulting and business development. Currently Associate Director at Merck, Leonard also serves on the ISACA Board of Directors.


Candidates will be assessed on the following competency unit in Technology & Operations: Technology (IBF Level 1):

CU2: Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

CU7: IT Risk and Security

Upon successful passing of the assessment, participants will receive a SMU Certificate in IT Risk, Governance and Security (IBF Level 1). This course is one of the five modules accredited under the IBF Standards and stacks up to a full IBF-accredited programme - SMU Professional Certificate in Technology and Operations (IBF Level 1).

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You may wish to register for Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) separately. This certificate is aligned with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), which is compatible with global cybersecurity issues, activities and job roles. The certificate is also aligned with the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). For more information on the certification exam, visit


ISACA members will be eligible for 14 CPE hours by attending this course.




1 & 2 Mar 2018


9am - 5pm


Singapore Management University


SGD $1,500 (excluding GST)

Net fee payable upfront for eligible self-sponsored applicants:

Singaporeans and PRs
S$450 (excl. GST)

Singaporeans aged 40 years and above
S$150 (excl. GST)

Terms & conditions apply


IBF-STS Funding

The programme has been accredited under the IBF Standards, and is eligible for funding under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), subject to all eligibility criteria being met.

Candidates are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles.

IBF-STS provides 70% funding for direct training costs subject to a cap of S$7,000 per candidate per programme.

For programmes commencing on and after 1 July 2016, Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above are eligible for 90% co-funding of direct training costs, subject to a cap of S$7,000 per participant per programme

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For enquiries, please contact Chiew Yee at 6828 0971, Jaclyn Mah at 6828 0254 or email



Last updated on 06 Dec 2017 .