We start 2021 by interviewing the chairperson of three of SGTech’s Chapters, namely Mr Dutch Ng (Chair, Cyber Security Chapter), Mr Mark Shmulevich (Chair, Digital Transformation Chapter) and Ms Sharon Teo (Chair, Singapore Enterprise Chapter).
Dutch Ng: My career in the IT industry has spanned more than 25 years. I started out working in Citibank Regional Asia Pacific Technology Group and am now Co-founder and CEO of i-Sprint Innovation, an Identity and Access Management solution provider.
I have been in the Cyber Security Chapter (CSC) for several years, starting from when SGTech was SiTF. We have advocated continuously two key areas – driving cybersecurity awareness and growing the pipeline of talent. While the government is focused on the critical infrastructure, and large enterprises have the budgets to enhance their policy and cybersecurity departments to take care of themselves, there are no clear guidelines for SMEs to protect themselves. This is an area where our Chapter can help.
Dutch Ng: On growing talent, we intend to reach out to every educational institution offering courses in cybersecurity. We will collaborate with cybersecurity associations to share more about the industry. We aim to inspire young talent into understanding 'why' they should join the cybersecurity profession and industry.
We also find good cybersecurity solutions that are not among the approved products under the SME Go Digital programme. The Chapter wants to engage IMDA to include those solutions
so SMEs can benefit from receiving grant support for their use.
Dutch Ng: The CSC kicks off the year (on 13 January) with a joint webinar with Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association, focussing on identity management for products, which is vital for food safety. Singapore companies exporting food products would want to enable their customers to identify the genuine and authentic version of their products.
We will talk about cyber preparedness in an upcoming session co-hosted with the Singapore Business Federation in February. Having proper consideration for cybersecurity will help add muscle to SGTech member companies when they pitch their solutions to customers.
Back to helping SMEs with their cybersecurity needs, the Chapter has just concluded a research study to understand the low adoption of cybersecurity solutions among SMEs. With the findings of the study, we want to collaborate with the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) to develop cybersecurity toolkits applicable to SMEs of various profiles, to make it easy for them to be cyber-safe.