CSO30 will be judged aligned to a uniform set of criteria set by the CSO editorial board focusing on the core pillars of Business Value and Leadership.

The judging panel is comprised of Editors (CSO / IDG); Executive Analysts (IDC); former CISOs or CISOs operating in a different region to Southeast Asia. All nominations will be confidentially reviewed by this select judging panel, who will rate each section of the questionnaire in order to determine the final list.

Let’s meet the judges.

Bob Brandon
Bob Bragdon
SVP & Worldwide Managing Director, CSO

As worldwide managing director for the award-winning CSO brand, the leading information resource for security, risk and privacy executives, Bob Bragdon leads global operations for the full CSO product line, including CSOonline.com, and the CSO portfolio of live and virtual events.

Bragdon was the founding publisher for CSO and is a respected name in the both the media and security industries. He works closely with risk management and security leaders, as well as security solutions providers, to identify, interpret and address the challenges of today's complex security and risk management environments.

A popular public speaker, moderator, and industry analyst, Bragdon has participated in more than a thousand industry events via face-to-face and virtual appearances.

Bonnie Butlin
Bonnie Butlin
Executive Director, Security Partners' Forum

Bonnie Butlin, also known around the world as “Canada’s First Lady of Security” is the co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), a first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Under the SPF banner, she created the Women in Security and Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), which engages a growing network of women in security and resilience associations and groups globally.

Since 2013, Bonnie Butlin has received some 24 international and national-level awards and accolades related to security, resilience, and leadership, including being named to the Top 25 “Women of Influence” for 2021, as well as a “Fellow of (ISC)2 in August 2020. In 2017, she was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network in Cybersecurity, and in 2018 was appointed to the Global Advisory Council of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM).

Elina Noor
Elina Noor
Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A native of Malaysia, Elina’s work focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia, global governance and technology, and preventing/countering violent extremism.

Previously, Elina was Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Prior to that, she was Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia. She was also formerly with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Between 2017 and 2019, Elina was a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She currently serves on the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict.

Elina read law at Oxford University. She obtained an LL.M (Public International Law) from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, graduating with distinction at the top of her class. A recipient of the Perdana (Malaysian Prime Minister’s) Fellowship, she also holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University where she was a Women in International Security Scholar.

James Henderson
James Henderson
Editorial Director of Asia Pacific and Middle East, IDG Communications

As Editorial Director of Asia Pacific, James Henderson is responsible for developing the content, audience and partnership strategy of CIO, CSO and Channel publications across the region. James specialises in converting global technology trends into local insights, with a specific focus on ASEAN markets.

Lim Xiou Ann
Lim Xiou Ann
CSO ASEAN Editor, IDG Communications

Lim Xiou Ann is CSO ASEAN Editor, with a responsibility for developing the content, audience, and information security community for IDG’s CSO title. Based in Singapore and with more than 10 years of editorial experience, she focuses on local insights and cybersecurity trends in Southeast Asian markets.

Ann is an experienced content strategist, event host, and moderator. She has facilitated bespoke briefing events as well as global and regional conferences and award events targeted at C-level audiences.

Prior to IDG, Ann held editorial roles in the financial services industry at S&P Global Ratings, Citibank N.A., fintech startup WEALTH, and UK media group Progressive Digital Media.

Manmeet Kaur Mahinderjit Singh
Manmeet Kaur Mahinderjit Singh
Cybersecurity Researcher & Associate Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr. Manmeet Mahinderjit Singh is an educator and Cybersecurity researcher at the School of Computer Sciences, University Sains Malaysia (USM). She graduated from The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia in 2012 with a PhD Degree in Data Security. Prior to joining the academic field, she has vast experiences in the computer/laptop hardware and software services industry.

Presently, Dr Manmeet’s expertise includes Information Security and Cyber Security, Trusted System Architectures and Models, Internet of Things (IoT) Security, Smart devices Security and Mobile Security. Her research interests are in Data Mining and Smart devices technologies and applications such as Smart Home, Smart city, Wearable devices, and Brings Your Own Devices (BYOD). Her zeal in these areas is well demonstrated in her completed and ongoing research projects, academic grants, lecturing/tutoring courses and consultancy/training. In addition to research supervisions, she had published extensively in areas of her specialisations and research interests.

She has been awarded several security innovations and academic awards. Among the prestigious awards are the 2021 Top 30 Women in Security for ASEAN region, 2020 Top 10 Women In Security Malaysia and Gold medallist for the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2020), 2020 Korea Academic Innovation and 2019 Innovation Award at Penang Science.

Ng Hoo Ming
Ng Hoo Ming
Former Deputy CEO, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Ng Hoo Ming is the former Deputy CEO at the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and was also Director in charge of the Singapore Infocomms Technology Security Authority. He is currently a strategic business and operations advisor for organisations in Southeast Asia as well as a consultant to the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center.

Ng graduated with a Dip. D’Ingenierie Informatique (Computer Science) from Ecole Superieur d’Informatique, France, on the Singapore Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship. He was posted to the Information Technology Security Division within the Ministry of Home Affairs upon his return and started his career as a security R&D engineer developing information and communication security products for the Singapore government. Later, Ng assumed the role of government IT security consultant and addressed the IT security needs of government ministries.

In recognition of his achievements and contributions, Ng was awarded the Silver Public Administration Medal in 2003 by the Singapore government. He is also now Advisor and Chapter President of Cybersecurity at the ASEAN Chief Information Officer Association.

Simon Piff
Simon Piff
Vice President (Asia Pacific), IDC

Simon Piff is Vice President of Asia Pacific at IDC, based in Singapore. He advises both technology and business leaders, as well as IT suppliers on digital transformation, the CIO agenda and digital trust, as they relate to the ability of organisations to gain improved returns on their IT investments around hybrid cloud infrastructure, mobile productivity, the value of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

With a broad background across enterprise IT due to his experience over the years, from building an online business in Hong Kong in the 90's, to consulting in the early days of the internet (including designing ISP and intranet infrastructure) for Digital Equipment Corporation.

His years with Microsoft, whilst focused around Business Intelligence, exposed him to a range of application development, infrastructure and end user challenges and issues. At IDC, his portfolio has encompassed data management, hybrid multi-cloud architecture and more recently the coverage of blockchain technology and security has allowed him to focus on business issues and C-Suite needs and how these can support Digital Transformation initiatives.

John Yong
John Yong
Former Group Director, Infocomm Security Group, IDA

Mr. John Yong is the former Group Director, Infocomm Security Group, formerly known as Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), currently known as GovTech. He is currently a board advisor/member of numerous enterprises and organisations in Singapore and abroad. He is also a visiting and adjunct lecturer to a few universities and has served as a senior fellow of a cybersecurity think tank (RSIS-NTU) and was on the board of SUTD.

Mr. Yong holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Salford, United Kingdom. He is a seasoned cyber/infocomm security professional who has dedicated his 40+year career to this field, in the public and private sectors. He started his career with the Ministry of Defence before joining the then National Computer Board (NCB) to head its IT Security Department. Thereafter, he moved to the private sector and worked for several multinational corporations in various management and consulting roles. Prior to joining IDA, Mr. Yong served as Chief Security Advisor to a major Southeast Asian telecommunications group.

In recognition of his achievements and contributions, Mr. Yong received the International Data Group (IDG) ASEAN Chief Security Officer (CSO) Award and was honoured in 2013 as one of the most

outstanding Chief Security Officers in ASEAN. He was also conferred as a senior fellow of the Singapore Computer Society in 2016.

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