Singapore: Meeting the Security Education Needs

A Two-Pronged Approach to Tackling Today's Top Threats
Consumers and information security professionals alike are the dual targets for security education in Singapore.The two groups have equal needs for staying current with the latest threats and solutions, says KK Lim, secretary of the Association of Information Security Professionals.

"The consumer needs to be aware of the latest trends and scams out there," Lim says. "The security professionals themselves really need to know what role security needs to play in the business world. They must know that security is a cost to business, so they must be part of the team that understands what role security plays to help promote the business."

Most important for security professionals, Lim says, is to know where they can add maximum value to their organizations. "Where is the business going? How can [security] be used to provide a competitive edge, not just be a cost center?"

In an interview about information security education, Lim discusses:

  • The greatest needs for education;
  • State of cooperation among business, schools and government;
  • Basic qualifications for anyone entering the profession today.

KK Lim is a currently the Secretary of the Association of Information Security Professionals in Singapore. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, in policy and market research, information security consulting and training. Prior to joining the academia, he was the chief privacy officer and counsel (APAC) for a US pharmaceutical research company. Currently he is an academic staff at the School of Information Technology, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, US; Monash Law School, Australia and National University of Singapore. He is a certified information security manager and an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Center. He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Information Privacy & Security (JIPS) University of Wisconsin (Whitewater). His latest publication can be found in the Global Privacy and Security Law Reference: Chapter on Singapore, Wolters Kluwer (Law & Business), Aspen Publishers, September 2009.

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