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Firmus 6th CIO Cyber Security Conference: PIKOM extends support to knowledge-sharing event

Firmus Sdn Bhd (Firmus) recently organised their biggest ever annual cybersecurity event overseas. The 6th Firmus CIO Cyber Security Conference 2017, that ran from 3rd August till 5th August in Bandung, Indonesia, was a collaborative effort with our national ICT association or PIKOM’s CIO Chapter (PCC), and saw an attendance from chief information officers (CIOs), or IT heads, and sponsors, totalling nearly 70.

PIKOM’s chairman, CS Chin, who also attended the knowledge-sharing entourage to Bandung said, “This is the first year that PIKOM is working together with Firmus on this CIO cybersecurity summit.” He added that the collaboration was in line with the PCC’s theme this year which emphasises e-commerce and cybersecurity.

“We have established an e-commerce chapter this year,” he pointed out, emphasising once again the importance of cybersecurity and securing businesses, in light of Malaysia’s ambitions to be not just a digital economy, but a digital economy hub for the region.

Firmus CEO and co-founder, Alan See said, “For the first time, we have 40 CIOs in one flight and in total we have around 70 attendees including sponsors. It is an honour to work together with the PIKOM CIO Chapter this year and with this partnership we are able to enlarge the circle of CIOs, as PCC is well-represented across the industries.

“In the same vein, I would like to extend great thanks to PCC Chair, Beh Swan Swan and PCC EXCO, Dennis Looi, who offered their time, support, advisory and commitment to make this happen.”

See also added, “This event aims to inform the CIO community about the latest threats and share cybersecurity trends, experiences and information. For example, the DDoS attack last July was a huge wake-up call to Malaysian companies, and especially local stock-broking services which were impacted. Quite a few stock-broking services were disrupted for a few hours.”

(ABOVE:  IT decision makers hard at work. Pic 2: Alan See welcomes participants to the 6th conference.  Pic 3: PIKOM’s CS Chin gives his association’s support to the event.)

He shared that such was the impact and realisation about cyber threats among businesses and management of late that security budgets have increased.

All in all, the event was a good platform to reignite and catch up with business relationships. It was also a good beginning/continuation of a long-term interactive dialogue between cybersecurity solutions providers and the IT business community in Malaysia, to work together to digitally secure businesses in Malaysia.

The eleven vendors who sponsored the event were McAfee, MobileIron, Palo Alto Networks, MasterSAM, Tenable, AhnLab, Ensilo, F-Secure, F5 Networks, DeChen Consulting and SonicWall.

(BELOW From Left to Right: AhnLab’s Dan Choi, DeChen Consulting’sVijayandran, EnSilo’s Teo Kheng Hwa, Tenable’s Dick Bussiere, Sonicwall’s Eric D’Angelo, Palo Alto Network’s Alvin Tan, MobileIron’s Matt Bennett, McAfee’s Jason Siew, MasterSam’s Jason Lim, F-Secure’s Ken Law, F5 Network’s Daniel Lee.)

An important part of the cybersecurity effort is the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and in the words of one of the IT heads who participated, “I personally feel one part of the Cybersecurity defence is of course the information sharing between all parties.”

In-depth insight and actionable cybersecurity information sharing would not be possible without the camaraderie that was fostered during activities of the 3-day summit, and the trust and bond which comes after that.

Below, are comments from some of the other participants at the Bandung summit.

QUOTABLE QUOTES

MALIK MURAD ALI, MYDIN MOHAMED HOLDINGS

“A very good conference besides the various vendors’ presentation, the conversations we are having amongst us CIOS and all is truly invaluable. Learned a lot and da*n, we have a lot of work to do to apply what we’ve learned here today!”

SEKARAN JAGANATHAN, RAKUTENTRADE

“The event was well-organised, informative and a good exposure for IT heads about optimising management of security threats.”

ALAIN BOEY, VETERAN BANKING PROFESSIONAL

“It’s my first time attending this event. In terms of variety of speakers, there is a good mix and all related to security. Good base for knowledge- sharing and networking with fellow peers.”

CHANDRASH DOSHI, DATASONIC INNOVATIONS

“I wish to thank Firmus for a very insightful conference. This platform has allowed me to understand the respective strengths of an individual and a company, in moving together towards a common goal of fighting cyberthreats.”

IT HEAD IN CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

“I am satisfied with the content delivered and the conference as a whole. The contents are high-level and address the different aspects of security, from not just how to plug vulnerabilities at the network/hardware level but also how to address security from the perspective of risk, data, programs, Web, mobile, IoT etc.
“While the outcome is still the same, the speakers have highlighted the different areas that need to be looked at, and the possible solutions from their respective portfolios.”

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MORE QUOTES

DZULASTRA LATIB, PACIFIC & ORIENT INSURANCE

“Valuable sessions to hear many views and solutions with respect to IT security technologies and all the possible Vulnerabilities out there.
These are good software and hardware solutions and efforts developed to minimise the risks coming from internal and external threats.
Next Generation Security talks like this become mandatory to prepare organisations for ever-growing Security threats that are being mechanised to bring down outdated security defenses.
To me, there's no better place to be than here, to get the organisation really prepared with the necessary defense systems to protect the business from being attacked.
Glad I was given the time to spend my early weekend with all these security experts. Great subjects !!”

EXPERIENCED IT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL

“With the intense focus on cybersecurity right now, it is absolutely imperative that we, as CIOs of our respective organisations, are well-informed of the different solution offerings from various solution providers.
“This event provided us the invaluable experience of having all the leading solution providers give us a high-level overview of what their solution offerings are. The presentations were at the right level of detail, allowing us to get a flavour of what each solution could do. A one-stop cybersecurity info vault.
On top of that, sharing our experiences, what worked and what doesn't, with CIOs from other organisations was helpful. Being together for three days certainly helped us to forge stronger bonds with each other!

QUOTABLE QUOTES PT.2

IT HEAD OF LOCAL INVESTMENT CORPORATION

“The content was definitely relevant and there are different levels of presentation and engagement.
What might have helped was to actually get a total ‘overview’ of the security arena and for participants and vendors to focus in on areas of ‘greatest potential risks’ or ‘most common sweet spots’ (in terms of threats).”

SHAHAZANA SHAARI, SME BANK
“This is not the first Firmus event we have attended. It’s always good to have a tech refresh to know what the latest out there is, that isn’t based on hearsay but comes straight from the vendors’ mouths.”

CEO IN INSURANCE SERVICES INDUSTRY

“I wish there was time for questions and answers so that we can have a better insight of each product and their respective strengths and weaknesses.”

CHIA NAM LIANG, HAP SENG CONSOLIDATED BERHAD

“Technology when it comes to security is a cat and mouse game. There will always be new threats using different technologies deployed by attackers. So, our challenge is that we cannot expect our cyber defense solutions to be permanent but need to evolve to counter new emerging threats.
We always have to respond quickly to keep up with the game, and knowing where and what to place our security investments in, is our biggest dilemma.”

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CONNIE YEE, IRIS CORPORATION

“There is a selection of solutions at this event, to suit different budgets and needs of a diverse IT industry. For me, the one main thing that I have learned of is protection at the Application layer, instead of just at the Transport layer that we are accustomed to, or what is known as next Generation Firewall.
We have to choose from a myriad of products and solutions to address our specific cybersecurity issues.”

VICE PRESIDENT IN INSURANCE SERVICES

“Cybersecurity is getting more serious and is being prioritised (by the business) now. But, some attack alerts come too late, so cybersecurity solutions should be more advanced and proactive to detect and stop threats from spreading.”

STANLEY LUM, INTER-PACIFIC SECURITIES

“Cybersecurity has become so complex that it is good to know the difference between one security trend and solution versus another

 

 

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