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Movie Night : Thor : Ragnarok @ 26th October 2017 MBO The Starling 9/26/2017 2:05 PM

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Board, it is our pleasure to invite all of you for our chapter's third Movie Night for 2017!

Details are as follows:

Movie        : Thor: Ragnarok
Date/Time : Thursday, 26th October 2017 @ 9.00pm
(Ticket Collection from 8.30pm onwards on first-come- first-served basis)
Location    : MBO @ The Starling mall,
                     5-501, 5th Floor, Pusat Perniagaan Starling@Uptown,
                     No. 6, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400, Petaling Jaya
Fee             : Free for members on first come first serve basis
Dress Code : Smart casual, office attire (Admission will not be permitted to participant with slippers,sleeveless shirts or shorts)

For more information, you may contact Seelan at 017-2196225 or via email officeadmin@isaca.org.my

Please register for the event via our chapter's mobile application which can be downloaded from either Google Play Store for Android or Apple Store for Apple devices. Registration closes on 23rd October 2017 (Monday).

Please register AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to confirm your seat. Places are limited.

Members can also purchase additional tickets for non-members – with a limit of 2 tickets per members at RM17.00 per ticket. For members who would like to purchase the additional tickets, the payment can be made via online transfer (cash deposit/online banking). If payment is not received by due date, the tickets will be released (due date for payment will be by COB 23rd October 2017 ).

We look forward to seeing you in the event. Do continue to lend your support to our Chapter!

Thank You

On behalf of ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD 2017/2018


2017 IIA Malaysia National Conference ‘Internal Audit : Poised for the Future’9/26/2017 12:06 PM

Dear Members,

We would like to extend an invitation to the ‘ 2017 IIA Malaysia National Conference ‘Internal Audit : Poised for the Future’’ which is organized by IIA Malaysia.

This conference will be happening on 9 & 10 October 2017.

LAWRENCE HARRINGTON is global chairman of The IIA, and Chief Audit Executive (CAE) for Raytheon Company, which specialises in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Prior to joining Raytheon in 2004, he led the internal audit function for several Fortune 100 companies, where he also served in other areas, including finance, human resources, and operations. Over the last 25 years, Harrington has held numerous leadership roles with The IIA that have positioned him well for his term as Global Chairman. A member of the Global Board of Directors since 2009, he has served as Senior Vice Chairman of the Board, and as Vice Chairman of both the Professional Guidance and the Global Services Committees. He is also past chairman of the North American Board of Directors and the Professional Issues Committee, and past president of The IIA’s Greater Boston Chapter.

Keynote Address :
Internal Audit in a World of Change

  • Technology disrupters are impacting the world at an accelerating pace, which impacts organizations, stakeholders, and internal auditors. We must adapt.
  • dentifying and communicating risks in a world of disrupters will become a new must have competency. We must know what to audit and when.
  • New skills will be required to audit in a changing world. We will require people with business acumen, ability to connect dots, emotional intelligence, data analytics, relationship management, communication skills, and so much more

NAOHIRO MOURI is a Corporate Officer & Chief Internal Auditor of AIG Japan Holdings covering all AIG business in Japan with 50 plus auditors. Until recently, he was a Statutory Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor for MetLife Japan. Naohiro also held number of chief auditor positions including JP Morgan for Asia Pacific, Shinsei Bank, Morgan Stanley Japan, and Deutche Bank Japan. He has started his 24 years of auditing career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and Tokyo. He has also been active in the Institute of Internal Auditors (Global) where he has been a member since 1995, and he is currently serving the institute as Vice Chairman - Professional Guidance. He held other senior positions in the IIA including the Board member representing Japan, International Secretary and Vice Chairman - Professional Services.

Plenary session 3 : The Champion of Trust:

  • Trust is a fundamental element of internal audit.
  • Nine attributes of outstanding trusted advisors.
  • Leadership matters.

Track session : Internal Audit in 2030 – Internal Audit Leadership

  • The world in 2030
  • Change in internal audit through decade: analyzing results of Common Body of Knowledge results from 2006 to 2015
  • Mouri’s thoughts of internal audit in 2030

For more details on the Conference, please visit http://www.iiam.com.my/conferences/. If you need more information, please contact the IIA Malaysia Secretariat at 03-2181 8008 Ext. 210 / 211 /212 / 213 /214 or fax to 03-2181 1717 or send e-mail to conference@iiam.com.my.

For more information about the speaker, please visit here.

Note: This is a 3rd party event. ISACA Malaysia Chapter is not responsible for registration or any other matters related to this event.

Thank you

On behalf of ISACA BOD Malaysia 2017/2018


Half Day Talk - DevOps9/19/2017 2:57 PM

Dear Members,

ISACA Malaysia Chapter is proud to introduce by popular request a Members Talk "Understand of DevOps" with focus on DevOps concept and process.

The speakers will share on the implementation challenges of DevOps and its critical success factors, how to start DevOps for organizations.

The Members Talk will provide a walk through with participants on the importance and challenges of DevOps implementation in the organizations.

The details are as follows:

Date : Wednesday, 11th October 2017
Time: 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm (registration starts at 1.45pm)
Venue : Sime Darby Convention Centre

Who should attend:

This talk is developer, auditors, advisors, compliance officers, etc. who want to have a better understanding on DevOps.

Keys Take Away:

  • Understand what is DevOps
  • Walkthrough on the Implementation Challenges and Critical Success Factors
  • How organization can benefit from DevOps
  • How to start with DevOps implementation

Chapter members can attend this event for FREE by registering via ISACA MY Chapter Mobile Apps.

Seats are LIMITED. Please register via ISACA MY Chapter Mobile Apps (available in both Android and IOS platforms). Just search for “ISACA MY Chapter” in stores and download it. For more details please click here.

Thank you

On behalf of ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD 2017/2018


Newsletter Issue #339/13/2017 5:36 PM

Dear Members,

2017 has been an eventful year for ISACA Malaysia Chapter. This edition of our newsletter contains articles, events and updates on activities organised by your local ISACA chapter. We are happy to see that participation from our members have been very encouraging throughout the year. We do hope that you will continue to support our events. This will give us the impetus to organise bigger and better events moving forward!

Please click the following URL for the newsletter, Newsletter #33

Do remember to join our planned activities for the remainder of 2017! Also, feel free to drop us a line with your comments and questions

Thank you.

Best Regards,


Anthony Tai
Director of Branding, Communications & Publicity 2017/18

ISACA Malaysia Chapter


The Basics - Technical Audit (The Theory, Practical and the Common) 9/4/2017 12:35 PM

Dear Members,

If you are new to information security and technical audit, you would not be left alone.

TThe Basics Technical Audit (The Theory, Practical and the Common) is designed from ground zero, enable a new joiner who just want:

  • To understand the basic of information security and LINKED theory to practical (“The Theory”)
  • A basic hands-on experience looking at the common operating systems, WINDOWS and have opportunity to experience with a more advanced application, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (“Practical”)
  • To use the most common spreadsheet application, EXCEL, to assist in the technical auditing (“The Common”)

Unbelievable : A special discount is given to members; just download the form and forwarded the completed form to officeadmin@isaca.org.my

The form and further information can be obtained via here.

Note : This special session is conducted for new joiners to have a better grasp of the theory and at the same time practice the theory via the hands-on workshop, all at a very special price for members!

Thank you

On behalf of ISACA BOD Malaysia 2017/2018


Win an IPAD Contest!!9/4/2017 12:14 PM

Dear Members,

In line with our initiatives to do things differently for our members, we are launching our own “Win An IPad Contest” solely for the benefits of the members.

To qualify for the contest, you will need to fulfill all three conditions:

  • Join us on Facebook and Like a post
  • Follow up on Twitter (ISACA_Malaysia) and like a Tweet
  • Click on “iPad Lucky Draw Contest” in our ISACA Malaysia Apps and provide your details

The participant, who has met all conditions above, will be selected as the lucky winner.

Terms and conditions:

  • Must be a current ISACA Malaysia Chapter member (we will verify your member ID)
  • One entry per member throughout the contest period
  • Prizes are not exchangeable for cash
  • The lucky winner will be selected using a random generator software
  • Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entertained.

For more details please click here.

Thank you

On behalf of ISACA BOD Malaysia 2017/2018


Corporate IT Governance & NIST Cybersecurity Framework with COBIT 5 on 12-13 Sep 20178/2/2017 4:36 PM

Dear Members,

ISACA Malaysia Chapter is proud to introduce by popular demand a workshop on COBIT 5 for Corporate IT Governance and the Introduction of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework with COBIT 5. This is a two-day programme carefully crafted with the objective to build your knowledge and understanding of IT governance and cybersecurity frameworks. Participants will be introduced to COBIT 5 and its overarching principles that will effectively guide and drive an enterprise in implementing and deriving optimum benefits with the application of globally accepted IT governance and cybersecurity standards.

Against the pressing need to arrest cybersecurity risks and attacks, participants has the opportunity to discover how the NIST framework is fitted and underpinned by the renowned COBIT 5 enterprise IT governance model. There will be interactive engagements, sharing and discussions with case studies on real life implications. This workshop is specifically designed and facilitated by corporate professionals with on the ground field experiences.

Date : 12 – 13 September 2017

Time : 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Venue : Info Trek Sdn Bhd, 3rd Floor AmCorp Mall, Petaling Jaya

Who should attend

This programme is suitable for people who wants to have in-depth understanding of auditing / providing assurance / implementing IT Governance and Cybersecurity frameworks in an increasingly complex and challenging digital space.

  • Auditors / Assurance Professionals
  • IT Consultants, IT Security, IT Compliance Professionals
  • Business and IT Executives responsible for IT Governance
  • Professionals and Managers of IT Service Providers
  • Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance Practitioners
  • IT Project Managers

Keys Take Away

  • Understand what application control testing is and how it relates to Overview of Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Critical Areas of enterprise IT Governance
  • Introduction to NIST using COBIT 5
  • Drivers for developing a Cybersecurity Framework using COBIT 5
  • The 5 Key Principles and business benefits of using COBIT 5 for the Governance & Management of Enterprise IT
  • Implementation of NIST using COBIT 5

Seats are LIMITED. Please complete the editable registration form and email to officeadmin@isaca.org.my. For more details please visit our website at: click here

Thank you.

On behalf of ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD 2017/2018


Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) Framework & The Manager-Employee Relationship: The Bottom Line of Engagement7/31/2017 4:05 PM

Dear Members,

Our chapter is pleased to bring you the first full day seminar for 2017 that would be focusing on both technical and soft skills areas.

We have 2 esteemed speakers that would be sharing with us on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”) Program and leadership soft skills development on effective corporate engagement.

The first speaker, Gilbert Chu is an Associate Director with LE Global Services Sdn Bhd. Leading more than 20 IT Security engineers and consultants in LGMS, he has considerable experiences in IT Security industry and his focus is undertaking IT security trainings and consultations to match strategic business objectives. He has provided consultation and training to various government and multinational clients across Asia, Europe and Africa on information system security, enterprise risk design, policy review and implementation assurance, penetration testing, and other technical risk assessment.

Our second esteemed facilitator, Bujang Hussin is currently attached to Dale Carnegie as one of its Senior Trainers. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate training and development. As a licensed Dale Carnegie Senior Trainer, Bujang has trained leaders from top Malaysian companies such as Celcom Axiata Berhad, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, UEM Builders Berhad, PETRONAS, SIRM Berhad, as well as HRDF, Bank Negara Malaysia, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Maybank and Prudential BSN Takaful.

The event details are as follows:

Date : 20th September 2017, 10:30am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 10.00am)
Venue : Sime Darby Convention Centre, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Seats are LIMITED. Please register via ISACA MY Chapter Mobile Apps (available in both Android and IOS platforms). Just search for “ISACA MY Chapter” in stores and download it. For more details please visit our website at: More details

Thank you.

On behalf of ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD 2017/2018


ISACA MY - Get to know members # 97/13/2017 5:12 PM

Get to Know Mr. Shanmugasilan!

 

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Mr. Shanmugasilan (please click here to catch a glimpse of his cool picture!). Let’s hear Mr. Shanmugasilan sharing little background about himself and experience being an ISACA member.

 

1.         Please share with us a little background about yourself

I am an IT professional with over 14 years of vast working experience in Information Security operations, management and governance roles with various organizations. On the personal end, I am married with 2 children; an 8 years old boy and a 3 years old girl.  

 

2.     Please tell us on how you became a member in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

I joined ISACA Malaysia Chapter back in 2010 when I was sitting for the CISA certification exam. It all started with attending an evening class and over a period of time to date, I have been participating in many of their Chapter events like mentoring certification exam candidates, member meetings and dinners, evening classes, conferences, etc 

 

3.     What do you find most challenging about getting involved in ISACA events?

Like many others, dedicating a time apart from work and personal to get involved in ISACA work or even participating in their events is often been challenging. That said, I must salute those who are serving the Chapter’s BOD and actively involved in ISACA work. Bravo!

 

4.     Between conducting workshop and conference for ISACA Malaysia, which one do you prefer and why?

By self-being occupied with other volunteering commitments, it has somehow hindered me from actively contributing to the Chapter in these areas. Nevertheless, given an opportunity, I would prefer to conduct a workshop as I believe will get more opportunities to work and interact closely and as well establishing knowledge sharing/exchanges with participants.

 

5.     Any unforgettable moments happened during your involvement in ISACA?

Not anything in specific but I have enjoyed each the moments especially when I get to meet and greet people. It feels great to add new friends to your personal and professional networks.

 

6.         How do people commonly describe about yourself?

On the professional side, I am a strong people manager and constantly emphasize on learning and growing for my staffs, with a minimal tolerance for sluggishness. I tend to put a lot of effort in detailing and perfecting my work deliverables for which I would expect for a similar commitment from my staffs. 

 

7.     What do you do during your leisure time?

I spend most of my weekends with my children as I don’t get to do it often during weekdays. I am also actively involved in PTA activities at my son’s school. 

  

8.         What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

Apart from these 3 worlds that I have been living in; i.e. family, career and school, I am also actively into divine activities like volunteering at a temple nearby my home place. So, people that know me tend to get surprised seeing myself in totally a different ‘avatar’ but will normally get used to it after few visits.

 

9.         What is your personal philosophy about life?

I always believe in working hard to achieve a success whether it is in career or personal life. I am also a strong believer in ‘Law of Karma’ that applies in our daily actions. I came across this quote one of the days and it really amuses me, so thought of sharing it with you... “No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you’re lucky, God will let you watch”. Cool isn’t it?

 

10.         Any message to members about getting involved in ISACA or any other volunteer work in general?

Always feel proud and honour when you are given an opportunity to serve others, so grab it when you do see one coming to you. By getting involved in ISACA for example, it certainly helps with your professional development and gives you an ability to give back to the profession. So, what are you waiting for? Speak to the BOD today and begin your valuable experience.


ISACA MY Chapter - Get to Know Member (#8)3/16/2016 7:55 PM

Get to Know Dr. Kim!

 

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Dr. Kim (please click here to catch a glimpse of her cool picture!). Let’s hear Dr. Kim sharing little background about herself and experience being an ISACA member.

 

1.         Please share with us a little background about yourself

Spanning more than two decades in the field of IT, I have worked in diverse industries from software development, networking, operation and support to the rank of an executive officer and advisor to top management.  Three years ago, I ventured into the world of business and co-founded a recruitment house to source and to provide manpower to companies.  Going forward, I intend to be involved and to contribute in the field of IT governance professionally and academically.  Undeniably, IT and related technologies are already pervasive in the survival and existence of enterprises and must thus be managed and be governed appropriately at all times.   

 

2.     Please tell us on how you became a member in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

In 2007, I met Mr Nickson Choo whose reputable company was engaged as the local external IT auditor cum consultant.  At that time, I was also struggling with my doctorate thesis on IT governance.  One day, I chanced lamented to him about the difficulties of getting articles on this topic.  He immediately introduced me to the ISACA website.  My first impression was joy at the overwhelming wealth of knowledge and information on the management and governance of IT from the practical and academic contexts.  I became and remain an ISACA member since then.    

 

3.     What do you find most interesting about getting involved in ISACA events?

ISACA events are enriching.  There is always ‘something new’ to learn and to discover from each involvement.  Meeting members and non-members, I enjoyed the social networking and professional interactions that came with every event.

 

4.     How do people commonly describe about yourself?

My colleagues, friends and acquaintances describe me as friendly, patient, hardworking, trustworthy, resourceful and knowledgeable.  To my family members, I am dutiful, responsible and dependable.

 

5.         What do you do during your leisure time?

I listen to oldies as personally, I found the songs of yester years to be meaningful and melodious.  Otherwise, it will be reading books or surfing online on subjects that interest me. 

 

6.     What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

I like to sing in the bathroom.  As a student, I used to sing for hours in the bathroom which enraged the whole family!  With greater responsibilities as my life evolves, I have continued doing so whenever I can spare the time. 

  

7.         Who is your role model in life?

I do not have any particular role model in my life.  However and of late, I admire Ms Sheryl Kara Sandberg, the COO of Facebook.  I have read her biography.  She has the qualities of a visionary leader.  Outright in her comments on women, she has also demonstrated the power of woman entrepreneurship.

 

8.         What is your personal philosophy about life?

I believe in strong perseverance, great passion and a sense of urgency in whatever I do.  If I have decided on a certain challenge, I will ensure that it gets completed to my best effort.


ISACA MY Chapter - Get to Know The Members (#7)1/13/2016 7:40 PM

Get to Know Foong!

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Ms. Foong Teng Cheng (please click here here to catch a glimpse of her cool picture!). Let’s hear Foong sharing little background about herself and experience being an ISACA member.

1. Please share with us a little background about yourself

I’m the youngest in the family of 4 girls from Penang.  I have moved down to KL since 2001 due to work opportunity.  My dad and sisters are still in Penang.  I’m SAE… that’s Single and Enjoying.

I’m currently working as Security Analyst Senior Advisor (in the Governance, Risk & Compliance team) in Dell, Cyberjaya.  Before I joined Dell, I worked at Pacific & Orient Berhad as an Internal Auditor for 8 years.

2. Please tell us on how you became a member in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

During my employment in previous company, I was recommended to sign up as an ISACA member (thus I signed up in 2002) and at the same time took CISA certification (managed to pass in 2005 – the last batch for the 75% marking scheme).

3. What do you find most interesting about getting involved in ISACA events?

I get to meet different people from different organisations. Of course, in addition, I do get CPE points for attending evening talks.  

4. How do people commonly describe about yourself?

I asked a few friends, and these was what mentioned:- Funny, helpful, friendly, thoughtful, kind, easy going… (I think they are kind to me)

5. What do you do during your leisure time?

Surfing the internet (Facebook and watch online movies), cooking, sleeping.  I also do help out in some charity events (my frequent work is with NASAM – National Stroke Association of Malaysia & Kasih Hospice)

6. What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

I have no idea.  Probably people will be surprised that I don’t really know Hokkien dialect (I’m from Penang – most of the Penangites are usually well versed in Hokkien!)

7. Who is your role model in life?

No one in particular (probably my parents).  Of late, I admire people like Nicholas Vujicic, Helen Keller, etc.  They can survive and be successful with their disabilities, hence, I shouldn’t complain about my life!

8. What is your personal philosophy about life?

Be healthy and helpful to others.


Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) Website Lauch7/27/2015 1:37 PM

Dear Members,

Our chapter is excited to share that ISACA's brand new Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) web site is now live! Featuring certification, career path information, the ability to purchase self-paced CSX Practitioner training labs and register for training courses to name a few, please visit https://cybersecurity.isaca.org  to take advantage of this new addition to the CSX program, and encourage your colleagues, friends and interested acquaintances to do the same. 

You would be able to enjoy the following CSX opportunities:

As part of the first phase release of the site additional resources have been made available within a few weeks time, with even more planned for release later this year.

On behalf of

Board of Directors 

ISACA Malaysia chapter 2015/2016."


ISACA MY Chapter - Get to Know The Members (#6)7/10/2015 3:14 PM

Dear Members,

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Ms. Tan Peck Hoon (please click here here to catch a glimpse of her cool picture!). Let’s hear Peck Hoon sharing little background about herself and experience being a ISACA member.

1. Please share with us a little background about yourself

I would call myself a local Klang Valley resident. I grew up in Kajang and later studied in the University of Malaya. Upon graduation, I worked in one of the big 4 accounting firms and trained as an accountant. Thereafter, I spent a good number of years working in Singapore before returning home to Malaysia due to family reasons.  I am married with 2 kids.

2. Please tell us on how you became a member in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

While I was working in Singapore, it seems kind of fashionable to have various certifications. Since I was always curious to know more about IT audit and having to manage various IT audit as part of the overall audit engagement at work, it made sense to acquire the certification in order to be more knowledgeable about the entire process.  

3. What do you find most interesting about getting involved in ISACA events?

I like meeting up with the different people from different organizations. Also, the topics that are discussed keep me abreast of the profession and developments in the IT front.

4. How do people commonly describe about yourself?

People would say that I am quite an easy going person. However, I can be meticulous at work.

5. What do you do during your leisure time?

I don’t really have a lot of leisure time as I have a daughter who is only 4 years old. As those of you who have family would realize, they do take up a lot of your time. However, I love to spend time with my family. My son is already a young teenager, so there are different needs altogether. When I have some time to myself, I love to bake and read. My daughter loves to “assist” me in doing every single step of the baking process. Hence, it can be a lot of fun and clean up while my son and husband contributed towards eating the food!

6. What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

There was once in my life when I thought of having my own bakery business. I guess I am too busy with my family and work to do this. Maybe I will do it when I retire. There was a period when I used to experiment baking different types of cheesecakes and my husband is the one who polished it up. At the end of 2 months, he told me to stop! Reason being: He has gained 2-3 kg of weight. Can’t stop someone from trying, right? J!!

7. Who is your role model in life?

I don’t really have any specific role model in my life. I like different aspects from different people and tend to try to emulate the part that I like about that person. So, the end result may be like a “rojak”! 

8. What is your personal philosophy about life?

I believe that the world is a smaller place than we imagine. We should always be human and do unto others what we would have them do unto us. Sometimes, God works in mysterious ways, you would never know when your path will cross again with someone you know. 


ISACA MY Chapter - Get To Know The Members (#5)3/24/2015 4:03 PM

Dear Members,

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Ms. Leong Sow Yoke (please click here here to catch a glimpse of her cool picture!), our ex-board member in ISACA MY Chapter. Sow Yoke has been with ISACA for more than 8 years now. Let’s hear Sow Yoke sharing some of her experiences previously when she was in ISACA BOD and also some background of herself.

1. Please share with us a little background about yourself.

I am one of 7 children and my family were pioneers of PJ, having moved there when I was 3 years old!  I am married with 2 grown boys and a teenage daughter.  An accountant by training, I am currently the Group Chief Internal Auditor of Alliance Bank Group.

2. Please tell us on how you first got involved in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

I got involved in ISACA after I obtained my CISA in 2007.  I wanted to challenge my IT auditors at the time to do the same, and set a benchmark for my staff that becoming certified and being active in the profession is the way to go.

3. What do you find most challenging about getting involved in ISACA work?

The biggest challenge is finding time to attend Board meetings and organize events.  I try not to use my office resources for ISACA so it often means folding up my sleeves and attending to ISACA matters on my own.  It involves hard work and sacrifice but I did derive a lot of satisfaction from serving in the Board.

4. In your opinion, has the involvement in ISACA BOD helped in your career progression/career development? If yes, can please elaborate?

Not really, as I got involved in the BOD late in my career and was already in a senior management role.  I simply wanted to contribute to the profession.  Having said that, being in the BOD has elevated my visibility in the marketplace.

5. Any unforgettable moments happened during your involvement in ISACA?

Yes, I was accorded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement in October 2010 when Malaysia Chapter celebrated its 25 anniversary.   It was totally unexpected and the gesture is much appreciated.

6. How do people commonly describe about yourself?

I am known to be a tough but fair person.  Family and friends are very important to me.

7. What do you do during your leisure time?

I serve in my local church. After a long day, I love to unwind and de-stress in front of the TV or do some baking with my daughter.  I love sports but unfortunately do not have much time for this nowadays. 

8. What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

I have simple needs.  A good meal with my husband and children is enough to make me happy.

9. What is your personal philosophy about life?

To make a difference to others, no matter how small.   I will borrow a quote from Abraham Lincoln… “When I die, I want it said by those who knew me best … that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”  The worst thing I can think of is for someone to die knowing that he had not lived or loved or mattered to anyone.

10. Any message to members about getting involved in ISACA BOD or any other volunteer work in general?

Go for it!  Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile (Wilfred Grenfell)


ISACA MY Chapter - Get to Know the Member (#4)12/16/2014 10:09 AM

Dear Members,

It’s time to introduce another member in our Get to Know the Members space! Meet Mr. Nickson Choo (click here for the image), our ex-board member and the current Chairman of Membership Growth and Retention Committee (MGRC) of ISACA International. Nickson has been with ISACA for more than 14 years now. Let’s hear him sharing some of his experiences previously when he was in ISACA BOD and also some background of himself.

1. Please share with us a little background about yourself

I’m an accounting graduate of University Malaya. I’ve worked in 3 different insurance companies before and I’m currently the Director of Risk Advisory Unit of Crowe Horwath Kuala Lumpur. Married with 2 teenage kids – boys. I joined ISACA BOD in year 2000 and set down as President in 2007.

2. Please tell us on how you first got involved in ISACA and what was your first impression of it?

Joined ISACA back in the year 2000 and during those years, volunteers was hard to come by and I volunteered and was immediately indoctrinated into the Board and given the Events Portfolio. My first impression was “Wow, these guys at ISACA was great and trusted me with this huge responsibility of generating revenue for the chapter!”  (On the hindsight, this was probably the worst portfolio and considered by many the most difficult and busiest portfolio which every experienced director will try to avoid taking up).  Don’t worry, we have since eliminated this Events Portfolio – so please do volunteer to the board and join the fun!!

The one thing that makes ISACA unique is the camaraderie amongst its members even to today. We may work for competing firms or organization but when it comes to ISACA, we share a commonality.  That’s what impressed me and this is what makes me continue to be with ISACA.

3. What do you find most challenging about getting involved in ISACA work?

Volunteerism is an important aspect of ISACA both here in Malaysia and around the world.  The one challenge that you will always face as a volunteer is on how much time that you can spare/devote to do ISACA work.  To be involved in ISACA, you need some flexibility in your working life as you are required to attend meetings and events as well as to help organize certain events or functions. Having an understanding employer and boss is a must.  If your boss was a current or ex-volunteer of ISACA, he/she will definitely understand the benefits of being involved as a volunteer and will also support your efforts and involvement.

4. Apart from being the BOD, please tell us on your other involvement in ISACA i.e. sub-committees, SIG etc.?

Although I no longer sit on the board of ISACA Malaysia, I am actively involved with ISACA International since the year 2008. I currently the Chair of the Membership Growth and Retention Committee (MGRC) which is tasked to look into improving the growth percentage as well as the retention ratios of the various chapters around the world.

 5. Any unforgettable moments happened during your involvement in ISACA?

Hahahaha! All the moments in ISACA are unforgettable. Honest! I have truly enjoyed my involvement in ISACA as it gave me the opportunity to interact with IT professionals and like-minded people from the various industries.  From the endless board meetings we have had, to the various events we have organized and to the unusual characters of people we have worked with, create wonderful memories that makes my involvement in ISACA so unforgettable.

6. How do people commonly describe about yourself?

Gee! People usually don’t tell me such things about myself. But I think they would describe me as the skinny spectacle guy that talks too much!!

7. What do you do during your leisure time?

I am an avid golfer and if there is any leisure time, I will try to get onto a golf course!

8. What is the one thing which most people would be surprised to know about you?

I guess most people would be surprised to know that I have been involved with ISACA international since 2008.  Most people don’t know that it’s possible to volunteer at International level.

9. What is your personal philosophy about life?

If you listen to this song by Baz Luhrmann titled “Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” – it beautifully reflects how we should view our life. My personal favorite would be – “sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself”

10. Any message to members about getting involved in ISACA BOD or any other volunteer work in general?

Do join us at ISACA events, it’s the best platform for anyone to interact and network with other fellow professionals from the industry.  If possible, do volunteer to serve on the sub-committees or board of ISACA, the experience and exposure you get will be something that you can never get elsewhere.