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Panel discussion – Is the CISO the Next New Board Member?

Victor Keong

Victor Keong, HBA (Ivey 1993) CISA, EMBA (Ivey 1999), CISSP, has close to 30 years of Infosec experience around the globe, bringing his rich tapestry of cross-border/cultural/deep technical perspectives from the data center to the cloud, and translating these key challenges to board-understandable priorities. Victor is Cohesity’s very first APJ’s Field CISO, where he brings both innovative and empathetic perspectives to challenges and stay-awake issues for CISOs in the region. Prior to joining Cohesity, Victor was Cisco Systems’ and Checkmarx’s inaugural Senior CISO Advisor for Asia Pacific, Japan & China. 

At Cisco Victor brought his strategic skills, relationships and experience to help CISOs more effectively perform their role and to help Cisco understand the unique and difficult role of today’s security professional. Some of Victor’s projects have been helping the Enterprise CISOs navigate the myriad of technical challenges presented with securing the remote workforce. Also, the rush to digital transformation has brought unprecedented challenges to the CISOs on topics such as rapid cloud adoption, agile computing and DevSecOps, with Victor actively advising the CISOs in these uncharted territories.

Prior to returning to his native Singapore in 2010, Victor spent 17 years with Deloitte in Canada. From a functional perspective, Victor was an experienced partner (17 years as a partner) in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services practice, where he held several senior roles in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services’ Global Executive Management Committee, including Asia Pacific Cyber Risk Services’ Leader and Global Leader for IT Vulnerability Management. He helped built the Cyber Risk Services Practice at Deloitte into one of the pre-eminent security consulting practices in the world. One of Victor’s most recent contributions was to build up the Deloitte Japan Cyber Risk Service practice, and made it one of the strongest Information Security practices in Japan. In the last 10 years in Asia, Victor has served several significant FSIs, including but not limited to : Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank (Asia), UOB, MUFJ (Tokyo), Toyota Finance, MayBank, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and SGX.

Victor was also Deloitte’s Lead Client Service Partner with (ISC)2 – Information Systems Security Certification Consortium – where he directed Deloitte’s global certification program with (ISC)2 , culminating in 5000+ CISSPs globally within Deloitte, the largest among any professional services firm. As a result of Victor’s involvement with (ISC)2, Victor was appointed to (ISC)2 ‘s Americas Advisory Board, alongside luminaries in the Information Security community.  Victor is also fluent in Mandarin and a sought-after speaker, and has spoken on various conferences, and often quoted in the media.

Ashish Thapar

Ashish brings more than 2 decades of Information Security experience to his role at NTT. He has been leading and managing security consulting teams across APJ region; spanning across multiple security practices including: Security Strategy; Threat & Vulnerability management; Governance, Risk and Compliance; ICS/OT Security, Payment Security; Incident Response; Digital Forensics; and Cyber Threat Intelligence.

Along with his vast leadership experience, he also top global domain certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, SANS GCFA, CCSK, CIPP/A, ISO 27001 LI and CDCP. In addition, he has also been an accredited PCI QSA, PFI and PA QSA for several years. He is an active speaker at numerous security industry events/seminars throughout Asia, including coverage on live TV programmes and radio/podcast interviews.

He also serves as a Lead Mentor and SME Panellist for Cybersecurity domain helping Singapore Cyber Security Agency (CSA), ICE71 and other organizations to help strengthen the overall cybersecurity ecosystem in the region.

Dr. Tan Kian Hua

Dr. Tan Kian Hua is a proven solution leader in the field of cybersecurity regionally with records of success and made significant contributions. Well-versed with security governance and policies, lead and oversee to ensure all ICT security matters are conducted accordingly to the Singapore Government Manual ICT Security Policy.  

During his six years with an MNC, he was chosen as a young leader and attended their leadership program. He spearheaded a team to build from scratch the first world-class defence cybersecurity infrastructure and rectified a cyberattack within one day – the market average is twenty-eight days.    

Dr. Tan holds multiple professional certifications related to Cybersecurity and data privacy:  

  • FIP (International Association of Privacy Professionals)  
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • CIPM (Certified Information Privacy Manager)
  • CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
  • CISA (Certified Information System Auditor)
  • CDPSE (Certified Data Privacy Solution Engineer) 
  • CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)

He is passionate about creating awareness of the importance of cybersecurity in all companies and continues to ensure a first-class standard for maintaining cybersecurity procedures. 

Vishal Sharma

A result driven professional with over 20 years of experience in IT and ITES industry. Experience in project management and process improvement with knowledge of Risk Management, Information Security, Business Continuity, IT Service support and Service Delivery. Have ability to translate business needs into process and technology requirements that support organizations business objectives to successfully manage all phases of IT projects from needs analysis and requirements definition to development and/ or vendor selection implementation, support and training. The last 17 years have been in the space of Information Security Risk Management covering the areas under Information Security Assessments, Risk Management, Cybersecurity, 27001 implementation (complete cycle), ISO22301, BCP/DR, IT General Computer Controls, Business Cycle Controls and exposure to SSAE16, SOC1, SOC2, GDPR, HIPAA, CMS and GLBA assessments Electronics graduate and PGDBM with relevant industry qualifications such as CISA, CISM, CRISC, LA ISO27001:2005, ITIL V3 Foundation. Have re-engineered processes and executed projects resulting in successful implementation of BS7799 and ISO27001 framework and certification.

Boris Hajduk

Boris Hajduk is CISO at Tokopedia, where the security team is responsible for securing more than 1% of Indonesia’s GDP and more than 100m monthly active users. Prior to Tokopedia, he held several CISO positions where he built, led and matured global cybersecurity programs and teams for high-growth companies in industries ranging from e-commerce to banking and social networks across ASEAN, Russia, LATAM, UAE, Australia, France and Germany. Boris helped 3 global companies prepare for their IPOs, including a unicorn and a decacorn.

Dennis Batchelder

Dennis Batchelder is the President of AppEsteem Corporation, where he’s eradicating unwanted software while helping the software monetization industry thrive. He spent eight years at Microsoft, where he led their antimalware efforts to protect billions of customers through real-time antimalware products and services, industry partnerships, and continuous analysis of threat intelligence using machine learning and the cloud. Prior to Microsoft, Dennis owned the threat and security information management product lines as a Senior Vice President at Computer Associates, which he joined after founding, running, and selling them a network security product company. Dennis has worked for more than thirty years in the security industry holding various leadership roles in the US and India. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Dennis is the author of the Soul Identity series of techno-thriller novels.