Meet three of our YAKSHA Ambassadors!

Meet three of our YAKSHA Ambassadors!

Mr. Cheng Wai Kok has 25 years of professional experience in the IT industry with specialization in Cyber Security. He has held various IT senior executive positions in Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. With his extensive experience and knowledge in IT for banking and financial institutions, he has been granted the prestige membership by the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB). Wai Kok is currently the Principal Consultant of K2 Baseline Sdn Bhd and helping the local and regional clients to address the security challenges, compliance requirements and technology risk in applications and databases. He has also been appointed by the Malaysian government agencies as the lead consultant to review and plan for future 5 years IT Master Plan. In addition to that, he has implemented Anti-Phishing, Risk Management, Web Application Firewall, Secure Code Development security solutions and Penetration Testing in international banks, FinTech, government agencies and corporations.

Why was he interested in becoming a YAKSHA Ambassador?

“For many different reasons, including the possibilities to promote and drive the commercialisation of the YAKSHA platform; to contribute to the knowledge sharing for the Cybersecurity community; to enhance the Cybersecurity industry relationship within the ASEAN and EU-ASEAN; to work with the government and regulators to promote the importance of YAKSHA, etc. He was a panelist at the 1st YAKSHA end-user event in Malaysia.”

Dr. Warusia Yassin is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Information and Communications Technology, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). He completed his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science (2007), Master of Science (2010) and PhD (2015) at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). His research interests include computer security, data mining, cloud and quantum computing. He received a recognition by MIMOS Berhad Malaysia as the best researcher in 2015. He has more than 10 years of industrial experience as a system engineer and security analyst. He also has a Profesional certification on Ec-Council Certified Incident Handler (EC-CIH).

Why was he interested in becoming a YAKSHA Ambassador?

“In order to be in line with emerging technology, it is very important to have knowledge of such tech which can be obtained through participating in the YAKSHA project. Besides, the related training could be helpful in gearing the research mind of a researcher to be up-to-date. Participation in such event also gives an opportunity to get to know each other and network with researchers, industry and university representatives.”

Ashish Thapar is the Managing Principal for Asia Pacific and Japan region at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. In this role, he heads the team responsible for all customer-facing cyber incident response and digital forensics investigations. Prior to this role, Ashish was responsible for the portfolio management of Verizon’s security professional services team in Asia, leading teams that deliver GRC, TVM, SOC and PCI consulting services to customers. Ashish has a long history of serving countless high profile clients across multiple business verticals, assisting them with their cyber security strategy, governance risk & compliance, and threat & vulnerability management areas. Mr. Thapar holds a number of global certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, GCFA, CCSK and CDCP. In addition, he has also been an accredited PCI QSA and PA QSA for several years. He is also the main coordinator and key contributor to Verizon’s support for CyRiM project (run by NTU and sponsored by MAS).

Why was he interested in becoming a YAKSHA Ambassador?

“I am mainly interested in becoming a YAKSHA Ambassador as I am passionate cyber security practitioner and would love to learn and spread the knowledge to fight cybercrime. Through my Linkedin and Twitter network, as well as through my industry collaboration groups I can spread the awareness for YAKSHA.”