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Panel discussion – Cybersecurity Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Yul Bahat

Yul Bahat, CISSP, is a veteran Cyber Security specialist and evangelist, currently working as the Director of Cyber Security for Kiteworks, in charge of all product security aspects.

Previously, Mr. Bahat was the Senior Information Security Specialist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Head of Security Intelligence for the Israeli E-Gov agency, and Head of Information Security Audits for Aman, a leading Israeli consulting firm. He holds a BA in Computer Science from the Reichman University in Israel and an MBA from the International School of Management in France.

In addition to his regular professional activities, Mr. Bahat is considered an expert in his field, and has gave multiple presentations and keynote speeches in professional conferences, and has been interviewed as a subject-matter expert on multiple TV networks.

Ajay Kumar

Ajay Kumar is the Regional Head- Cyber Security Services, Asia with Crowdstrike based in Singapore. Ajay heads Cyber Security and Risk Management Services portfolio and engages in cyber breach incidents and cyber security maturity initiatives and assessments across the industry as a trusted advisor.

Previously, he worked with Entrust as a Regional Managing Director-Asia Pacific in cyber security, identity and payment space. He also served as a Regional Marketing Director- APJ with Entrust and received “National Leaders in Marketing” award from CMO Asia Council and “Most Influential Technology Marketing Leaders” award from World Marketing Congress in 2016.

Earlier, Ajay worked in various Fintech, Financial Services and Banking organisations on senior positions and managed sales, business development and strategy functions.

Ajay is Singapore Chapter Anchor for Data Security Council of India (DSCI), a not-for-profit, industry body on cyber security and data protection, setup by NASSCOM® and committed to making the cyberspace safe, secure and trusted by establishing best practices, standards and initiatives in cyber security and data privacy.

Ajay is a subject matter expert and speaker in payments, cyber security, enterprise technology and data privacy space and has about 22 years of experience in Asia Pacific and EMEA region.

Anil Malekani

Anil Malekani is Security Architect, Global Blackbelt for Microsoft Asia and based in Singapore. Anil has been working with various organizations across different industries including public-sector, helping them strengthen their security posture and modernize security operations for hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Anil has been with Microsoft for over 12 years and has been part of the journey as the company expanded the security portfolio, enabling customers to do more with less, in the area of cybersecurity.

Rudy Lim

Equipped with more than 20 years of experience in Cyber Security, Rudy is currently leading the Data & AI Security and Platform Security practice for Accenture Security Southeast Asia. Through his past experience in Data Security, Endpoint Security, and Cyber Defense, Rudy gained a deeper understanding of the overall Cyber Security landscape and the challenges organizations are facing today. He is also a passionate developer, which allows him to study various attack techniques employed by threat actors.

Steven Sim

Steven Sim has worked for more than 25 years in the cybersecurity field with large end-user enterprises and critical infrastructures, undertaken global CISO role, driven award-winning CSO50 security governance and management initiatives and headed incident response, security architecture, technology and operations at local, regional and global levels. He leads cybersecurity across PSA Group, heading 8 direct reports at Group Cybersecurity Department and indirect reports across regional offices and local business units in 42 countries.

Always keen to give back to the community, he also volunteers at the ISACA Singapore Chapter (which won ISACA Global Outstanding Chapter Achievement in 2022) in as the President (from 2021 to 2022) as well as at OT-ISAC (since 2021), the second key thrust of the Singapore’s OT Cybersecurity Masterplan 2019, as the Chair of the Executive Committee, and holds a Masters in Computing, CCISO, CGEIT, CRISC, CISM, CISA, CDPSE, CISSP as well as technical certifications GICSP, GREM, GCIH and GPPA.

He is recognised as #1 CSO in the inaugural IDG’s CSO30 ASEAN Awards 2021, as a winner in the ISACA Outstanding Chapter Leader Achievement Awards 2022, #7 in Global Cyber Security Thought Leaders under the IFSEC Global Top Influencers 2022, as a Global Cybersecurity Leader 2022 (CXOTV), an ISACA Global Outstanding Chapter Leader in 2022, in the Peerlyst 29 Highly Influential CISOs list, a Singapore SkillsFuture Fellow and a Professional (Leaders) Finalist in the inaugural Singapore’s Cybersecurity Awards 2018.