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Profiles in Leadership: Leonard Ong, GE Healthcare

Regional Information Security Officer Discusses the Changing Role of CISOs
Leonard Ong, senior director, regional information security officer, APAC, GE Healthcare and executive member of the CyberEdBoard

Leonard Ong, senior director, regional information security officer, APAC at GE Healthcare, says the role of a chief information security officer has changed a lot over the last two decades.

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"Traditionally, the goal is to protect our asset or protect our perimeter. This has changed now to protecting our assets to enabling our business," Ong says. He describes the change as a move from the CISO being an internal function into more of a front-line position and says CISOs must work "together with the business in order to create something new, based on new technologies.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Ong also discusses:

  • How he became interested in the field of cybersecurity;
  • His experience of working in various APAC markets;
  • How the CISO community can fill the skills gap.

Ong has more than 20 years of experience in information, cyber and corporate security. He led governance, risk management and compliance service for the Asia-Pacific region at MSD International.

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About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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