Counsellor for International Strategy, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC)
Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Distinguished Researcher - NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology),
Yokohama National University
Guest Professor, CABINET SECRETARIAT of Japan - Security Advisor
Koji Nakao received the B.E. degree of Mathematics from Waseda University, in Japan, in 1979. Since joining KDDI in 1979, Koji has been engaged in the research on communication protocol, and information security technology for telecommunications in KDDI laboratory. His current interests are IoT security, 5G security and Supply-Chain security and so on. His present positions are "Distinguished Researcher" to manage research activities for cybersecurity technologies in NICT and “Guest Professor” of Yokohama National University on IoT security research. Koji has also been an Advisor of Cybersecurity for CABINET SECRETARIAT in Japanese government since April 2017.
Trends of Cyber security threats and national security measures including ASEAN supports
Deputy Chairman of International Committee
Japan Information Technology Service Industry Association (JISA), Japan
Japan - ASEAN/Industry – Academia – Government Collaboration on Cyber Business Platform Project
APAC Chief Cybersecurity Advisor
Abbas Kudrati, a long-time cybersecurity practitioner and CISO, is Microsoft Asia’s Lead Chief Cybersecurity Advisor for the Security Solutions Area. In addition to his work at Microsoft, he serves as an executive advisor to Deakin University, LaTrobe University, HITRUST ASIA, EC Council ASIA, and several security and technology start-ups. He supports the broader security community through his work with ISACA Chapters and student mentorship.
He co-authored a book, “Threat Hunting in a multi cloud environment” and is currently working on his following two books on the topic of “Zero Trust Journey Across the Digital Estate”, and “Digitization Risks in Post Pandemic World”.
He is also a part-time Professor with Deakin University and a regular speaker on Zero-Trust, Cybersecurity, Cloud Security, Governance, Risk, and Compliance
APAC Security Technical Specialist
Ahsim Nisar is working as a cybersecurity specialist with Microsoft, handling presales engagements for clients based in Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. He has been with Microsoft for 5+ years having more than a decade of experience in cybersecurity with organizations like Capgemini, Convergys. In his role today he works closely with enterprise clients and government organizations to choose the right security solutions. Ahsim has also led conversations around cybersecurity incidents and compromise recoveries, he has effectively helped organizations with their cybersecurity culture transformation and embrace zero-trust strategy.
Director of Business Development, Enterprise
Frank joined Panduit as an engineer over 15 years ago. He has since worked in engineering management, product line management, and is now Director of Business Development for Enterprise Products. He has spent his career developing and promoting cabling and connectivity infrastructure products to support connecting and converging more devices and applications. He is a frequent speaker at conferences like BICSI on new developments in Enterprise cabling and applications.
Convergence, the Fourth Utility, and the Importance of a Robust Physical Infrastructure
Cybersecurity is becoming more important as new systems and devices are converging over the network. This convergence is highlighting the importance of the network and why it has effectively become an utility. The term utility refers business that furnishes an everyday necessity to the public at large, with the 3 traditional utilities being electricity, water, and gas. When you look at the importance of the network to the functioning of both a building and even to society at large, it is clear the network is now the fourth utility. All utilities need a robust foundation – and the foundation of the network is a robust cabling infrastructure.
Goh Chee Hoh
Trend Micro Malaysia and Nascent Countries
Goh Chee Hoh is the Managing Director for Trend Micro Malaysia and Nascent countries. In this role, he is responsible for overall Business Unit P/L.
Goh joined Trend Micro in early 1997 and since then, he has held various management positions managing SEA, India, Hong Kong, Turkey and Russia.
Prior to joining the security industry, Goh’s experience covers the set-up of a Disaster Recovery Business Unit for a start-up and being an EDP officer/System Analyst in a manufacturing firm. Goh was also with IBM for over a year as a Contract System Specialist, responsible for the management of IBM Malaysia’s Business Recovery Center Operation.
With over 28 years of experience in the IT industry, including more than 23 years specializing in the Content Security Business, Goh’s forte lies in customer service, strategic planning, project implementation, organizational operations and team motivation. He also boasts an extensive understanding of the various challenges that arise from cultural diversity and has in-depth knowledge on trends and issues happening in the region.
Director of Product Marketing for Security, Sangfor Technologies
William Phuah is the Director of Product Marketing for Security in Sangfor Technologies. He has been in the Security industry for the last 17 years, holding various roles focusing on security solutioning and presales in global organizations like Dimension Data and Unisys. He draws on his experience in defensive security technologies to help clients choose the right strategies and solutions to secure themselves from both internal and external threats.
Topic : The State of Ransomware in Malaysia - Déjà Vu in the Next Normal
Ransomware has become a very serious problem to many countries and Malaysia is no exception. In the last two years, we have seen an increase of ransomware activities. Barely a day goes by without the mention of ransomware in the news. In this session, we will share our views on why ransomware will continue to be a huge threat into the future, our observations and findings on some ransomware incidents we have attended to, and some insights to our anti-ransomware solution.
Head - Cloud, Security & Infrastructure Services (CSI 1), Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd
Eric is the Head of Cloud, Security & Infrastructure Services (CSI 1) Business Division for Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd (“Hitachi Sunway”). He is responsible for the overall business strategy and P&L including business and product development, service delivery and managed services operations. In addition, he is also responsible to develop the technical team to ensure our services delivery capability and capacity is at the optimum level to maintain customers’ satisfaction. Eric is also responsible for fostering and maintaining good relationships with key technology principals and strategic partners.
Eric has more than 20 years experiences in the ICT industry holding key management roles in IBM, Sun Microsystems, Astro and Mesiniaga. Prior to Hitachi Sunway, Eric served as the General Manager of Products & Services Business Division at Mesiniaga Berhad for 5 years where he had successfully launched and grow their hybrid cloud and managed security services businesses in the market.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from University Technology of Malaysia.
Country Director, Veritas
Sandy Woo has joined Veritas this September, as Country Director for the Malaysia-Brunei market. A passionate business technology leader, Sandy brings a strong partner and client relationship which she has built in her 20+ years in the tech industry. More recently, Sandy spent 6 years at NTT Malaysia as GTM Solutions Director, where she led a team of solution sales, alliance managers and presales architects. With an oversight on the country P&L and financial targets, her core responsibility was to devise yearly solution strategy, talent capacity and budget. Her notable career experience spanned across multiple renowned tech MNCs, namely Honeywell, Cisco, CA (now Broadcom Inc) and FireEye.
Sandy is also a strong advocate for gender equality in the workplace, believing in the business value of diversity, equity and inclusion. She loves music, travelling, running marathons, hiking and playing tennis.
Head of Cyber Security
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Victor Lo is an experienced professional more than (20) years of information security and risk consulting experience in both enterprise information security solution and specialize on Cyber Threat Intelligence Framework.
Over the years, he has served businesses Across the region of the Asia South countries such as India, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Experience dealing with vertical industry primarily in South East Asia market and including Fortune 500 companies. Victor currently attach with MDEC heading the Cyber Security industry development. His key role will be driving Cyber Security as Catalyst for Digital Economy and promote collaboration among Cyber security industry Partner and innovation for cyber security ecosystem.
Brief background of MDECMalaysia Digital Economy Corporation is Malaysia government agency tasked to lead the digital economy development and lead implementation of digital economy roadmap.
Kenneth has more than 20 years of working experience in the Information Technology & Cybersecurity industry. He has been leading different IT functional teams like Solution Consulting, Services Delivery & Support Operations, Project Management and Network Operations Center (NOC) in his past leadership experience.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Firmus Sdn Bhd
Alan See is the co-founder and CEO of FIRMUS- a leading, award winning regional Cyber Security Consulting company with established offices in Malaysia and Singapore. Since its inception in 2008. Firmus has demonstrated success in safeguarding its clients' businesses-focusing on key areas like Critical Infrastructure Protection, Enterprise Security / Risk Management Cyber Threat Intelligence. Compliance and Certification.
With over 25 years experience in Cyber Security solution and services, Alan's strong interest in technology and security sprouted since his tertiary pursuit. Back in the infancy age of technology, Alan held a fresh perspective and envisioned the Ser significance of information Security as a key driver and enabler. Prior to establishing Firmus, he served as the Managing Director and Regional VP of e-Cop Malaysia overseeing the Greater China & HK SAR markets from 2001-2008. With his wealth of experiences, focusing on the domain of Information Security, coupled with strong entrepreneunal spirits, Alan has charted the company's strategic directions and led e-Cop Malaysia to a phenomenal breakthrough in profitability for Malaysia, Hong Kong and Greater China markets. At the peak of its success, e-Cop Malaysia also won the Frost and Sullivan Best MSSP (Managed Security Services Provider) Award for 2005 and 2008.
As the CEO of Firmus, Alan has taken success to the next level. In 2016, Firmus has been named The Cyber Security Service Provider of the Year at Malaysia Cyber Security Awards organized by Cyber Security Malaysia. In 2017, Alan has been awarded The Cyber Security Professional of the Year by Cyber Security Malaysia. an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MOSTI).
Being a prominent thought leader in cyber security space, Alan is a renowned, sought after guest speaker at seminars and conferences on Technology and Cyber Security. Equipped with proven success in exceeding clients business security needs, Alan is a highly reputable thought provoking and Point-of-View contributor to major publications in the country and across the region.
Out of work, Alan is passionate about running. During weekend mornings, Alan slips into his favourite pair of running shoes and enjoys a good 30km run. In addition to keeping a healthy body and mind, Alan enjoys expanding his horizons - seeing the world vis-à-vis his participation in international marathons. Some memorable ones are Full Marathons in Kyoto 2019 Tand Singapore 2018; and Half Marathons in Gold Coast 2019 and several of the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon. In the local setting, Alan enjoys the camaraderie with friends running over a decade of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Half Marathon and many runs.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Campbell University. North Carolina, United States of America.
Notable Achievements and Activities:
- Awarded the Cyber Security Professional of the Year 2017
- Industry Advisory Board member for INTI International University for IT and Computer Science (2020-2022)
- EXCO Member in PPKS (Persatuan Penguji Keselamatan Siber)
- EXCO Member for PIKOM CyberSecurity Chapter 5. Adjunct Mentor for Design Thinking Course, INTI International University (2021-2023)
- Firmus won the Cyber-Security Service Provider of the year 2016 by Cyber Security Malaysia.
- Firmus won the Info-Security Service Provider of the year 2012 by Cyber Security Malaysia.
- Firmus won the SME 100 Award for Fast Moving Companies 2014.
- Firmus won the Red Herring Asia Award Top 100 in 2010.
- Appointed Head of judges' panel for MSC-APICTA Award (Security, loT, Big Data and Al) Product category for 2004 till present.
- Appointed International Judge for APICTA Award (security. communication application, media/entertainment and tourism/hospitality categories) finalist in Hong Kong Dec 2004, Jakarta Nov 2008 and Sri Lanka Nov 2015.
- Guest speakers for many Cyber-security, compliance, risk management conferences.
GROUP CHIEF RISK AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER
AXIATA GROUP BERHAD
Abid Adam is the Axiata Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer (GCRCO), responsible for providing strategic direction, implementation, oversight and guidance for Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Enterprise Risk Management, and Compliance/Ethics across the South East Asia region. Before joining Axiata, Abid has led Cyber security function and implemented transformational programmes for a large multi-national financial services organisation spanning across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Advisory to the Boards, and the CXO suite on Cyber and Privacy related matters.
Abid Adam serves at the World Economic Forum Digital Asean initiative and is a member of leading Global institutions such as ISC2 and ISACA. He was also a chapter representative for the Information Security Forum (ISF), the ISF is the world’s leading authority on cyber, information security and risk management comprising many of the world’s leading organisations featured on the Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 lists. Furthermore, he also currently serves on customer advisory boards and community forums of leading organisations.
He currently holds BSC Computer Science degree, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, MBCI and numerous other leading international accreditations.
Muhammad Dawud Saifullah
Chief Information Security
Mr. Muhammad Dawud Saifullah is currently the Chief Information Security Office in Maxis Berhad. Dawud has been in the information security, audit and assurance industry for more than 20 years. He has served in many different roles as a CISO, a Chief Internal Auditor, Consultant, a Systems Engineer, a Pre-Sales and Support Engineer and a Software Developer. He has worked with a variety of different organizations and industry verticals such as Intel, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Symantec, Celcom Axiata, Robi Axiata, SCANS Associates and MySEQ. Dawud has a Bachelors of Computer and Information Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration and holds various security certifications such as CISSP, CBCP, CISM, CISA, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor among others.
He is a traditional archery enthusiast and an avid reader committed to continuous learning and development.