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Profiles in Leadership: Steven Sim Kok Leong

Singapore ISACA President, OT-ISAC Executive Committee Chair on Defensive Thinking
Steven Sim Kok Leong, president of ISACA and the chair for OT-ISAC, Singapore chapter and executive member of the CyberEdBoard

CISOs need to be open to ideas and suggestions from their peers and other functions and exhibit thought leadership to establish collective defense thinking in fighting threats, says Steven Sim Kok Leong, president of ISACA, Singapore Chapter and the chair for the executive committee at OT-ISAC.

“CISOs should consider cybersecurity as a means to an end, and the end is optimizing the cyber risk to the level that is acceptable by the business,” says Sim.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Sim discusses:

  • Lessons in establishing OT and IT security convergence;
  • Essential steps in the "security by design" process;
  • Positioning cybersecurity as the key differentiator in building a response mechanism.

Sim has worked for more than 24 years in the cybersecurity field with large end-user enterprises and critical infrastructures, undertaken a global CISO role, driven security governance and management initiatives, and headed incident response, security architecture, technology, and operations at local, regional and international levels. He currently leads global cybersecurity incident response and oversees CSIRTs in business units.

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About the Author

Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Vice President - Conferences, Asia, Middle East and Africa, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.

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