Hallman Sabri (centre) watching the utilisation of IoT in monitoring equipment performance with a real-time performance dashboard.

KUCHING: Registration is ongoing for the October 2020 intake of the Integrated Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing Programme at the Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS), Tabuan Jaya here.

PPKS highlighted that diploma and bachelor’s degree holders majoring in computer science, computer systems, electronics, information technology, mechatronics or software engineering, are encouraged to submit their applications.

Applicants must be between 21 and 35 years old.

PPKS executive director Hallman Sabri said the programme is fully funded by the government, covering both the tuition fees and the examination fees.

During the two-month course of the programme, each trainee will receive a monthly living allowance.

“Classes (theory and practical sessions) will be held at the PPKS campus in Tabuan Jaya. Upon completion of the programme and passing the examination, trainees will be equipped with the latest industry-relevant skills in IoT and cybersecurity.

“They also have the opportunity to join the following free exclusive online courses — Introduction to IR 4.0, Power BI and Microsoft Azure.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for fresh graduates and unemployed individuals to embark on this programme and thereafter pursue exciting careers in new and emerging technologies,” he said in a statement on Friday.

He also mentioned that with the emergence of the digital economy and Industry Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) in Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole, a significant trend is the increasing adoption of automation across the various industry sectors.

“For example, in the manufacturing sector, the IoT has come to the fore, and is one of the defining technologies of Industry Revolution 4.0 — a game changer in areas such as automation engineering and manufacturing.

“With new and emerging technologies supporting the quest to improve productivity and manage costs effectively, there is also an urgent need for a strategic approach to cybersecurity,” he stated.

He continued: “Around the globe, cybersecurity incidents are no longer just a technology risk for organisations. It has become an enterprise-wide issue. Here in Malaysia, it has been reported that cybersecurity incidents have increased by more than 100 percent since the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Indeed, this programme is an important step forward to develop practitioners with the relevant knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the physical and digital industry ecosystem.”