Movers & Shakers
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Ever wonder how the leaders of the Infocomm industry got where they are today? Watch this space and hear from the luminaries themselves what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what continues to drive them to excel.
Chong Chee Wah
Member, Singapore Computer Society
Founder, TreeBox Solutions
Chong Chee Wah
"If I believe myself to be a ship, I have to sail out to sea. The only way for me to find new land is to lose sight of the harbour that has kept me safe."
Life in 12-year Blocks
Mr Chong considers a block of 12 years to be a good time frame for him to refocus and set new targets and goals. "It is long enough for me to execute my intended plans and also enough for me to switch paths to the next cycle," he points out.
| An Engineer at Heart |
A PSC scholar who holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore, Mr Chong had been drawn to science, mathematics and computers from young. "I am a strong believer that as engineers, we can create useful and practical solutions for mankind and generate wealth for the country."
After graduation, he served at the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of R&D as a Country Manager looking at building defence technology relationships with foreign countries. At the end of the two-year posting, he chose to go to DSO National Laboratories to pursue a Defence R&D Engineering.
Specialising in Information Security, he stayed on for a decade, during which time he spearheaded many initiatives in enhancements of communications and security. Guidance from "a very good boss and mentor" still resonates with him today.
| Returns on Risk Taking |
When he decided to leave DSO to start his own venture capital firm, many were shocked, but his bold move has been vindicated.
Fellow, Singapore Computer Society
Director, Infocomm Security Group, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore
Ensuring Singapore's cyber security and creating awareness amongst Singaporeans is of the utmost importance.
| Military led to cyber security path |
Joining the military as a regular was what led him onto the path of cyber security. Having an interest in computers and electronics, he was placed in a department tasked with ensuring computer security for the army and making soldiers aware of security risks.
It was the start of the 90s and Singapore was becoming an ‘intelligent' island with e-communication established between government departments and between the government and citizens.
Nurturing cyber security professionals
Mr Yong's hope is to see Singapore become a cyber security superpower one day — a vision reflected in the National Cyber Security Masterplan 3, which, amongst other targets, has $130 million allocated to R&D in the field and to nurturing a pool of highly qualified cyber security professionals.
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Plugging the Cyber Security Hole
The volume and speed of attacks on computer systems have increased significantly. Just last year alone, organisations such as Sony lost a massive amount of data to attackers, and more than 145 million eBay users were affected by a massive hack of its systems. The European Central Bank had personal data stolen, and a SingPass vulnerability resulted in 1,500 user IDs and passwords accessed.
Millions of computers are interconnected through the Internet, and companies run on more complex networks and use virtualisation, cloud computing and mobility technologies – all of which introduce security vulnerabilities.
Cyber attackers intent on stealing corporate data and state secrets fall into three groups: those stealing intellectual property and confidential corporate data; those with political motivations stealing intelligence from governments; and those seeking fame.
One of the biggest cyber security challenges for the region is advanced persistent threats (APT). Southeast Asian companies regularly attract the interest of cyber spies and criminals looking to steal information about the region's growing industry sectors— energy, telecommunications, high-tech, transportation, and finance.
Collision of Enterprise Security and the Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) could be the next big hype in the evolution of the internet and this development might heighten the security threat to your enterprise. Dr Steven Wong explains why.
Not long ago, corporate networks were well secured behind perimeter defences such as firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems. The efficacy of such perimeter security measures has weakened in the last decade with the rapid developments in wireless communications and mobile computing, where boundaries between corporate and personal private networks are increasingly blurred. This is more evident with the increased adoption of Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD) by many organisations and their allowing employees to work from home.
It is not uncommon for people to access their emails or browse their work documents using their personal devices or smartphones at home, therefore any compromises in the user's home network and personal devices might impact the security of potentially sensitive corporate information. Moreover, dealing with these information security threats is becoming more challenging with the dawn of the Internet-of-Things.
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Ensuring the Security of the Digital Enterprise
People are often the weakest link for an enterprise's cyber security. Two of our members offer guidelines on turning this weak link into the company's strongest defence.
In the mid 1990s, less than 5% of businesses in Singapore used infocomm technology (ICT) solutions. Today, many SMEs, their employees and business partners tap "enterprise mobility solutions", "virtualised infrastructure" and "cloud services", often without realising it. Many of us share business documents, photographs of projects, and plans in the "cloud", but say we do not use any cloud services!
These services provide cost-effective business environments to manage the company, allowing employees to access company and HR data and services anytime, anywhere. They also offer a convenient and efficient way to transact business. However this heterogeneous ICT environment also opens up more ways for compromising the business. The potential targets and attack surfaces have now increased tremendously as have the technical complexities of cyberattacks.
Traditional perimeter defence security techniques are still necessary to provide a level of protection to the intranet, but they are no longer completely effective. A study of Japanese castles will reveal similarities between the techniques used to protect them and the many perimeter defence techniques employed today. Packet inspection, firewall, VPN, bandwidth throttling, defence in depth, honeypots, DMZs, etc, are all techniques found in many Japanese castles such as Osaka Castle, albeit, known by different terms. History shows that these defence systems can be compromised and, very often, it was the human factor that accounted for this.
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Reviewing Our Reason for Being
SCS's reconsidered vision and mission statements reflect the aspirations of a younger generation of infocomm professionals and evolving ICT landscape
As with infocomm professionals who constantly need to upgrade their skills and domain knowledge to maintain relevance in a fast-changing environment, so too the organisation entrusted to champion this special breed of talent crucial to any modern organisation.
Members will have witnessed over the recent years that SCS has upped the ante not only on growing its membership, which now exceeds 32,000, but has also raised the standard of professional certification and qualification, increased access to valuable infocomm resources, multichannel and platform engagement with members, and improved the "softer" aspects of what makes membership with us interesting.
These include catering to a growing demand for chapters and special interest groups (SIG), while increasing the variety of youth and social activities, as well as reaching out beyond the confines of the SCS to government, industry and educational bodies.
It isn't surprising therefore that the SCS Executive Council has been reconsidering what the Society stands for and whether our original reason for being still reflects the voice of the infocomm community.
Deconstructing the Vision
Previous Vision: To be the premier society for infocomm professionals and centre of excellence for professional development
With the previous vision being 15 years old now and things being vastly different after so many years, we felt a reassessment was in order and therefore called a meeting on 16 May where more than 40 leaders of the various SCS committees gathered to voice their opinions on first, whether a change was in order, and second, how the current SCS's fundamental existence is relevant and what this means to our organisation's projection into the future.
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Students Create App To Make People Proud Of Their Jobs; All-Girls Team From NYP Win at SCS Splash Awards 2015
Singapore Computer Society collaborates with the Ministry of Education to empower over 210 youths in developing creative infocomm media solutions for future education and work
Parent volunteering, peer learning, collaboration, future planning and defining success; this year's Splash Awards 2015 Infocomm Competition had it all as youth developed creative ideas that envision what the future of how work and education in Singapore would be like. Organised by the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Splash Awards, now in its 12th year, aims to engage youth across tertiary and pre-tertiary institutions in Singapore to nurture their skills and passion for infocomm media technology in a unique and creative way. Graced by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law, this year's Splash Awards took place with the theme Beyond 2015: Education and Work – Reimagined, where 86 teams comprising 214 youths took part.
According to the winning team from the Tertiary category, 3osy, cash over passion has become a social paradigm in Singapore, leading to a perception that some jobs are more important than others. Comprising Siti Nur Anisha Binte Mohamad Jani, Tan Hui Shan Quenna and Nur Shafiqah Binte Suhaimi from Nanyang Polytechnic, team 3osy decided to create the Happy Working Lor! Platform for Singaporeans to appreciate the importance of different jobs, and understand the unique skill sets required for various career paths. The platform will motivate Singaporeans to capture and share moments that are unique to their jobs, instilling a sense of pride and confidence in their work. The team members each received a MacBook Air. It was also the first time in Splash Awards history that an all-girl team has won the competition.
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Becoming A Star IT Professional - Things You Didn't Learn in School
At the Singapore Computer Society IT Youth Council's Youth Engagement Series (YES!), industry luminaries Iris Tee, HR Director at Ubisoft, Richard Koh, Country Manager for Singapore at Red Hat, Chong Chee Wah, CEO and Founder of Treebox Solutions and Joel Lou, CEO of JustCommodity, got together for a panel discussion on how youth can shape their career in ICM, moderated by Amit Roy Choudhury, a veteran Senior Writer for Technology at The Business Times.
At the Singapore Computer Society IT Youth Council's latest Youth Engagement Series (YES!), industry luminaries from Singapore's 10 Best Tech Companies To Work For got together for a panel discussion on how youth can shape their careers in ICM.
The professional world is very different from the classroom; the panelists spoke across a range of topics, giving youth valuable tips on how they can stand out in the professional world. Here are the key takeaways:
• "Things are moving so fast in the industry that educational institutes are generally one or two years behind the latest industry happenings. It is important that youth keep up with the industry, whether by reading, taking specialised courses, or contributing to online discussions and open-source projects."
• "Youth need to be more confident. Sometimes they find it very hard to express themselves and more importantly who they are and what they want to do."
Performance at Work
• "Communication is becoming one of the biggest skills youth can have today. Being able to explain geeky stuff in a non-geeky way is a key differentiator in the professional world."• "Big companies are also looking for entrepreneurial staff and people, therefore youth need to show that they are truly entrepreneurial by being creative and taking calculated risks."
• "If you are not sure what you want to do, start with where you are most comfortable and outlearn your job. Outlearning your job is the key to developing new skills and keeping up to date with the industry."
• "As long as you are in the IT industry, even if you are in a non-technology role, like marketing, you must have a fundamental idea of how technology works."