Cyber Security Asia 2021 – A Gathering of Cybersecurity Experts to Discuss Regional Conditions

Global digital transformation has led to the advancements of many human processes but has also created a new avenue for criminals to exploit the innocent public. Since the usage of technology has increased, cybercriminals have run rampant, wreaking havoc on their prey. To address cybersecurity trends and issues within the region, Thomvell International has once again returned with a 2-day conference on the 11th and 12th of October 2021. 

This year, Cyber Security Asia 2021 brought together top cybersecurity experts in a real-time virtual conference due to current conditions. The event schedule was jam-packed with immersive sessions and networking opportunities for experts and practitioners alike. With the focus of cybersecurity to all parts of society encompassing government, industry and individuals, the event showcased the latest technologies and strategies to ensure safety and security in the digital world. 

Cyber Security Asia 2021 was kicked off with an opening keynote from the CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dato’ Ts Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab. His speech encompassed the topic of ‘Cyber Transformation A Post Breach World’. A major takeaway of the keynote address included the affirmation from Dato’ Ts Dr Haji Amirudin that “there is no such thing as 100% security”. Emphasising a holistic approach to cybersecurity, the CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia highlighted a need for a more innovative and proactive adaptive security approach. He also underscored strengthening partnerships between the public, private, and academia alongside national and international collaborations.

Concludingly, Dr Amirudin stated, “Malaysia should gear itself towards cyber resilience as the threat of a global cybersecurity breach continues to pose a major risk.”

The first day of the conference held two major panel sessions, the first titled ‘C-Suite & Beyond: Achieving Company –Wide Cyber Resilience’ consisted of Dato’ Ts Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Col(R) Dato’ Ts Dr Husin Jazri, SVP Cyber Security of Serba Dinamik Group & Chief Editor at ESPC, Tanvinder Singh the Cyber Security Director at PWC Malaysia and Dr Carrine Teoh, Chief Security Officer at Bond Holdings. Focusing on the importance of CISOs, in the current regional landscape, the session revealed views that the panellists had regarding cybersecurity monitoring in organisations. 

An all-female panel was also held, which focused on data privacy titled ‘Are We Headed to Temple Of Doom? Data Privacy Past Present & Future’. The first day of the conference was filled with many other exciting talks with a range of cybersecurity topics, from drones to people-centric security. Since the conference was held virtually, the organisers also prepared a virtual exhibition showcasing the event’s sponsors. 

Cyber Security Asia 2021 will hopefully benefit the cybersecurity community to create a safer cybersecure world. 

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