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Half Day Talk: Data Analytics and CoBIT 58/19/2018 12:57 AM

Dear Members,

Greetings from the ISACA Malaysia Board!

Our chapter is pleased to bring to you another free-for-members half day talk on:

• Data Analytics: Key Skill To Remain Relevant in the Digital Age
• Unleashing the Power of COBIT 5 to Enhance GRC: A Practical Approach!

We are honored to have CA Narasimhan Elangovan to share with us his knowledge and experience in Data Analytics and COBIT 5. This session would help you understand how the technology has impacted audit and how data analytics can help meet this current and future need of audit. The data analytics presentation will cover the practical perspective of an analytics-driven audit, while COBIT 5 session will cover practical case studies of how to customize and integrate COBIT5 within your organization to deliver maximum value.

Keys Take Away:

• Understand how Analytics are critical to Audit
• How to develop an analytics-driven risk-based audit plan
• Demo of most critical data analytic techniques which an auditor should consider
• Practical Case Studies of using Analytics at various phases of audits
• COBIT5 landscape and how to customize / use COBIT5 for organization
• Map COBIT 5 with a few real-life scenarios
• Develop an easy to use tool for all your GRC or assurance needs

The event details are as follows:

Date / Time: 18 September 2018, 2:00pm – 5:30pm (registration starts at 1:30pm)

Venue: Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A, Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, 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:

http://www.isaca.org/chapters3/Malaysia/Documents/Half-day%20Talk%20-%20Data%20Analytics%20and%20CoBIT%205%20(Septenber%202018).pdf or you can contact Seelan at officeadmin@isaca.org.my/+6017 219 6225.

Best regards,

ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD


Newsletter Issue 34 - July 20188/15/2018 4:59 PM

Dear Fellow Members,

Do you remember what you were doing this time last year? Find out in this edition of our ISACA Malaysia Chapter newsletter highlighting the many organized events and activities up to until our 34th AGM in May. Many thanks to all of members for their participation and we hope to continue to have your support for upcoming events in 2018/2019.

Find the latest newsletter (Issue #34) by visiting: Click here to read more

Join us for our planned activities for the rest of 2018, and feel free to drop us a line with your comments and questions. See you in the next newsletter!


Cybersecurity Nexus Fundamentals Training (CSXF)7/1/2018 6:50 PM

Dear Members,

By popular demand, the chapter is excited to bring back the popular Cybersecurity Nexus Fundamentals training as part of our Training Programme!

This training is designed specifically to equip you with an introductory knowledge and awareness towards Cybersecurity threats, risks and challenges faced by enterprises. Cybersecurity is a growing and rapidly changing field, and it is crucial that the central concepts that frame and define this increasingly complex field are understood by professionals who are involved and concerned with the security implications of Information Technology. The CSXF training is designed for this purpose, as well as to provide insight into the importance of Cybersecurity and the integral role of Cybersecurity professionals.

The workshop details are as follows: 

Date: 27 – 28 August 2018

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm on both days

Venue: InfoTrek Sdn Bhd, Amcorp Mall Jalan 18 Jalan Persiaran Barat, Seksyen 52, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Who should attend:
This programme, which is designed by ISACA International, is suitable for people who are looking to gain foundational knowledge in Cybersecurity and to begin building their skillsets and knowledge in this crucial area. You may be a fresh graduate or an experienced professional in any field – from new assurance / security / risk / compliance professionals to experienced Management personnel who need to understand and/or deal with this new emerging risk area.

What will you learn:
- Understand basic cybersecurity concepts and definitions
- Identify cybersecurity roles
- Understand basic security architecture principles
- Understand malware analysis concepts
- Recognise the techniques for detecting host-and-network-based intrusions via intrusion detection technologies
- Understand vulnerability assessment management
- Recognise penetration testing phases
- Understand high level network security, including remote access technology and systems administration concepts
- Understand system hardening and virtualisation
- Recognise system lifecycle management principles
- Understand / Review the OWASP top ten
- Differentiate between events and incidents
- Define types of incidents and identify elements of an incident response plan
- Be aware of the basic procedures for processing digital forensic data
- Recognise new and emerging information technology and identify the associated security implications

As seats are limited, please register ASAP to secure yourself a seat. For more details, refer to the brochure (www.isaca.org/malaysia) or contact Seelan (officeadmin@isaca.org.my / +6017 219 6225)

Thank you.

Best regards,

On behalf of the ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD

*** ISACA Malaysia Chapter – Upcoming Events ***

Members' Events:

1. Half Day Talk Confluence of Ops Risk & Cyber Security and Forward Plan on Information Security Strategy | 26 July 2018 | KL

2. Movie Nite : Mission Impossible – Fallout | 26 July 2018 | KL

3. Workshop IT Audit for Active Directory (Cloud and On Premise) | 14 - 15 August 2018 | PJ

For details of these events, please contact officeadmin@isaca.org.my


ISACA MY: Certification Campaign3/8/2018 10:39 AM

Dear All,

Get Prepared and Passed the 2018 ISACA Certification Examinations

ISACA Malaysia Chapter is proud to bring to you the following certification campaign to assist candidates to prepare and pass the 2018 certification examinations:

1) Free Certification Boot Camps

The CISA, CISM, CGEIT & CRISC Boot Camps, which will be conducted over weekends are focused to assist candidates to better understand the examinations' domains, providing guidance on revision techniques and setting expectations on taking the examinations. The sessions will cover the core domain topics and sample examination questions.

Exam candidates who have studied their exam manuals and attempted on the QAE are encouraged to join the Boot Camps to further get to know what ISACA examination board’s expectations, understand the domains, grab the techniques in selecting the best answer and boost the confidence to pass the exams with flying colours.

The Boot Camps are scheduled as follows:

  • CISA Boot Camp 14th, 15th & 21st , 22nd Apr 2018 , (Sat & Sun)
                                  13th, 14th & 20th , 21st Oct 2018 ( Sat & Sun)
  • CISM Boot Camp 28th & 29th Apr 2018 (Sat & Sun)
                                  27th & 28th Nov 2018 ( Sat & Sun)
  • CGEIT Boot Camp 15th & 16th Sept 2018 (Sat & Sun)
  • CRISC Boot Camp 6th & 7th Oct 2018 (Sat & Sun)

The trainers are qualified professionals with at least 10 years of working experience with specific technical skills and knowledge in the examinations' domains

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Boot camps is free for members who have registered for exam in year 2018 only via ISACA International website. Members must show proof of exam registration to be entitled for the FREE boot camps
  2. Members who signed up and did not turn up for the boot camp will be charge RM900 to cover administrative charges, venue and trainer cost.
  3. Non-member must register the boot camp directly with ISACA Malaysia Chapter. Any registration via third party will not be processed or entertained.

Refer to the attached 2018 ISACA Certification Boot Camps brochure for details and registration. You can also download the brochure at: Brochure

2) Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program's primary objective is to provide examination candidates (mentees) an avenue to have interactions with a mentor, who have the relevant domain / certification experiences, on handling the certification examination, obtaining the certification and career progression. .

Exam candidates who have studied their exam manuals and attempted on the QAE are encouraged to join the Boot Camps to further get to know what ISACA examination board’s expectations, understand the domains, grab the techniques in selecting the best answer and boost the confidence to pass the exams with flying colours.

Mentors will be assigned to mentees to:

  • provide better understanding on exam modules, questions, answering techniques
  • share the experiences in earning the certification, the career path
  • how to get there and what value certification has brought to a person

Mentees shall be :

  • Coached and assisted in the exam preparation (ie. study plan, ideas and approach)
  • Encouraged to attempt exams assessment and questions
  • Shared study materials and helpful information

The Mentoring Program is on 1-to-1 basis, free consultancy and sessions can be arranged as per convenient.

If you would like to participate as either a mentor or mentee, and/or sign-up for the ISACA Certification Boot Camps, please contact Seelan @ +6017-219 6225 or email to officeadmin@isaca.org


2018 Events Calendar12/27/2017 2:53 PM

Dear Members,

The year is coming to a closing end and the board hoped that everyone has had a good break with family and loved ones. Our chapter’s Year End Dinner is around the corner and we sincerely hope that we could all catch up then!

2017 has been yet another successful year as we won yet another in the Communication Excellence Award and we retained our Very Large chapter status. This can be seen to coincide as well with a huge increase in the followers across all our chapter’s social media platforms be it the mobile app, Facebook, Twitter as well as LinkedIn page.

In view of that, we hope to have your continuous support in joining us at our chapter’s events for 2018. You may view the 2018 events calendar here .

We look forward to receiving your queries and participation at each of the events. Feel free to contact Seelan, our chapter’s administrator at officeadmin@isaca.org.my to enquire today!

Once again, thank you for your kind support and here’s looking forward to another exciting year with all of you!

On Behalf of ISACA Malaysia 2017/18 Board of Directors


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.