Inaugural Cyber Risk Meetup in Manila | Philippines Chapter

Proudly supported by Sekuro and Privasec Asia, we are proud to share that our first-ever Cyber Risk Meetup in Manila, Philippines was a great success!

It was an honor to have HK Yu PSM, the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines as she discussed the importance of stepping up capability-building initiatives between Australia and the Philippines, which is crucial in ensuring cyber resilience and prosperity.

We are greatly appreciative for our panel speakers – Charmaine Valmonte, Mel Migrino, and Jan Encina’s thoughtful sharing of their distinct experiences and opinions on cyber maturity and company resiliency. 

Additionally, it was pleasant to have Frida Tan, the Philippines’ new chapter lead for Cyber Risk Meetup to host the panel discussion and Prashant Haldankar for moderating it. 

We express our sincere gratitude to all our partners, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and MySecurity Marketplace, for making the event an excellent success. 

Panel Discussion | Key Takeaways

Our panel evaluates the need to reframe their roles to regain control of organization risk and thrive in this ever-growing business environment. Without finding a means for the IT professionals, cyber experts, risk managers, and business people to communicate in a common language, resilience cannot be built. Without consensus, we are exposed, and our efforts would be ineffective.

Everyone’s effort including the importance of our work, the value of our assets, the need to safeguard our clients, employees, and ourselves, as well as the value that our work is capable of creating – We can use a common language to bridge all areas of the organization including strategy, operations, technology, cybersecurity.

Adjacent to this point, the panel also graciously broke down their perspective on how a security leader can, and ought to be an enabler within the organisation. Rather than focusing on the technicalities of managing the team, it is also essential to consider the business elements. The pinnacle of being a great cybersecurity leader is the vantage of the business and complemented with a technical background.

The objective of today’s CISOs is to not be perceived as an obstacle to the organization, but rather an asset with soft skills to articulate risk analysis along with the ability to negotiate, persuade and lead. They are not enforced to possess mastery of being business leader, but to be able to speak the common lexicon of risk to executive leadership teams will be of great value to the organization.

The session has provided our esteemed attendees with insightful knowledge and networking opportunities. We are anticipating more meetups like this in the future. 

As we stay excited, do keep a close look out for our upcoming events! We’ll see you soon!

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