Enterprise Cybersecurity Track at CommunicAsia 2016

By Ewell Tan - Singapore and Leo Hwa Chiang - Singapore

As Asia’s largest integrated information and communications technology (ICT) event, the CommunicAsia 2016 Summit was held concurrently with EnterpriseIT 2016 and BroadcastAsia 2016, at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore, from 31 May to 3 June 2016. This event attracted more than 30,500 international attendees throughout the four day event, and gathered about 1,100 exhibitors from 49 countries and regions, highlighting innovations critical for digital transformation in the region. Delegates gained insights from more than 170 companies through leaders at the CommunicAsia 2016 Summit.

(From left): Ewell Tan, Leo Hwa Chiang, Prof. Andrew Woodward, Chirag Gohel, Nurhazman Abdul Aziz.

The Director of IEEE Asia Business Development, Leo Hwa Chiang, together with the Director of IEEE Division III, Celia Desmond, and the Executive Director of the IEEE Communications Society, Susan Brooks, initiated an agreement between the Singapore Exhibition Services Pte. Ltd. and the IEEE Communications Society to jointly organize a one day track on Enterprise Cybersecurity at CommunicAsia 2016 on 2 June 2016. This one day track featured 11 distinguished speakers from industry and cybersecurity agencies.

As the Co-Chair of this conference, Lim Soon Chia, Director of the Technology Division at Cybersecurity Agency Singapore, gave a welcome address to the audience. After his opening speech, Prof. Yuval Elovici, Research Director of iTrust from Singapore University of Technology and Design, gave a talk about “Tackling Insider Threat”; Ko Sasaki, General Manager from LAC (a member of the Japan Network Security Association) gave a presentation on “Advanced Persistent Threats,” followed by Eric Lam, Director of the Asia Enterprise Cybersecurity Group at Microsoft, who gave a presentation on “Enhancing Security and Privacy While Managing IoT Data Generation in Enterprises.”

After a networking lunch, Prof. Yu Chien Siang, Chief Innovation Officer from Certis Cisco, presented his talk on “Innovating and Securing New Systems, All Done in One Breath”; Mark Ames, Associate Director of KPMG Management Consulting, shared with us “How Do You Manage the Risk of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?”; Frank IP, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development from Huawei, discussed the topic “Defence in Depth,” and David Williamson, CEO of EfficientIP, presented his technical topic on “Next Generation Security for Telcos and ISPs.”

After the distinguished speakers had given their presentations, the attendees sat in on roundtable discussions that were moderated by Frank IP, Mark Ames, David Williamson, Ko Sasaki, Colin Cooper, Director of Strategic Development at Viasat; and Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia. The topics of the roundtable discussion include “Countering the Threats to Cyber and Cyber Physical Assets Arising out of Higher Connectivity”; “Cyber Security Education Awareness and Training”; “Achieving a Secure Enterprise Architecture–Challenges and Practical Solutions”; “Using Coordinated Security Intelligence and Analytical Tools in Detecting and Mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats (APT),” and “Challenges for Regulators in National Cybersecurity.” After a fruitful discussion, Co-Chair, Prof. Andrew Woodward, Dean of the School of Science at Edith Cowan University, gave a closing remark. There was a lucky draw at the end of the Enterprise Cybersecurity track.

There were about 101 delegates at the Enterprise Cybersecurity track, and it was one of the most popular and well attended Enterprise IT tracks at CommunicAsia 2016. We greatly appreciate all the distinguished speakers who were willing to share their expertise and knowledge at this event.

In addition, the IEEE Asia-Pacific office colleagues, Ewell Tan, Nurhazman Abdul Aziz, Chirag Gohel, Keng Lam Kuan, together with six student volunteers from Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) and Singapore Nanyang Technological University (NTU), helped man the IEEE booth at CommunicAsia 2016, to promote membership in IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society, and also to increase public visibility. There were approximately 80 visitors at our booth through the four day event. We had a very successful event, and we look forward to organizing similar events in the future.