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Meng-Chow Kang, PhD, CISSP, CISA

Director and CISO
APJC region, Cisco Systems, Inc

Based in Singapore, Meng-Chow has been a practicing information security professional for more than 20 years, including more than five years of permanent residency in China, and field experience spanning from technical to management in the various security and risk management roles in the Singapore government, major multi-nationals financial institutions, and security and technology providers. In his current role, Meng-Chow strategizes and manages Cisco’s global Extranet partners’ security, and ISO/IEC 27001 information security management systems (ISMS) certification programs, and regional intellectual property protection in the Asia Pacific, Greater China, and Japan regions.

Meng-Chow has been contributing to the development and adoption of international standards relating to information security since 1998, and initiated the formation of the Regional Asia Information Security Exchange (RAISE) Forum in 2004, which has since been serving as a platform for regional collaboration and contributing to international standards development in ISO and ITU-T. Meng-Chow was also the first Convener for the Security Controls and Services standards Working Group (WG 4) at ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 supporting the implementation of the ISO/IEC 27001 standard for information security risk management from April 2006 to May 2012. In May 2012, Meng-Chow was appointed the Chairperson for a new ITSC Cloud Security Working Group, which successfully completed the development of a new Singapore Standards on “Multi-tiered Cloud Security”, published in October 2013 as SS 584.

In August 2005, Meng-Chow was presented the accolade “IT Evangelist of the Year 2005” by the Singapore National Infocomm Competency Council (NICC) in recognition of his work and contribution to the IT security community and standards arena. Meng-Chow was also the recipient of the “Distinguished Award” and “Distinguish Partner Award” from the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING Singapore) in September 2005, and August 2008, respectively, for his continuous efforts and leadership in shaping the IT security standardization landscape in Singapore. Meng-Chow’s contribution to the information security professionals development in the industry was further recognized in July 2010 by (ISC)2 with the presentation of the (ISC)2 President Award 2010.

Meng-Chow received his MSc degree in Information Security from the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, and completed his PhD in Information Security Risk Management at the Southern Cross University, Australia. He has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 1998, and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) since 1997.

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