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Half Day Talk : Career and Certifications Talk6/14/2017 11:18 AM

Dear Members,

ISACA Malaysia Chapter is pleased to bring a talk on career and certifications where our esteemed guest speakers will share their experiences, challenges as well as valuable insights into developing an IT Audit or Assurance career be it in consulting or in the commercial / end user environment. In addition, they will also share their knowledge on the latest ISACA certifications requirement, their respective benefits as well as tips from some top scorers of those exams.

The event details are as follows:

Date/Time : 4th July 2017, 2:00pm – 5:30pm (registration start at 1:45pm)
Venue : Sime Darby Convention Center, KL

Chapter members may invite up to 2 GUESTS/NON-MEMBERS to this event for FREE by registering for them with our office administrator, Seelan at [email protected] Subsequent guests will be charged with RM150.

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 Info

Thank you

On behalf of ISACA Malaysia Chapter BOD 2017/2018


Movie Night : Transformers: The Last Knight @ 22nd June 2017 5/25/2017 10:47 AM

Dear Members,

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

Details are as follows:

Movie        : Transformers: The Last Knight
Date/Time : Thursday, 22nd June 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 [email protected],
                     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 [email protected]

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 19th June 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 RM21.00 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 19th June 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


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.