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.