Cyber Security Advisory Panel

The MAS Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), formed in 2017, comprises leading cyber security experts and thought leaders. The panel advises on strategies for MAS and financial institutions in Singapore to sustain cyber resilience and trust in our financial system.


The panel was established:

  •  to provide MAS with a global perspective on the evolving technology and cyber threat landscape, and its implications for financial services;
  • as a platform to share best practices on cyber security strategies and approaches;
  • to recommend measures to enhance the cyber resilience of Singapore’s financial sector; and
  • to be the sounding board on cyber initiatives that MAS intends to pursue.

The CSAP currently comprises of the following members:

Ms Valerie Abend

Managing Director, Financial Services North America Security & Global Cyber Regulatory Leader (Accenture Security)

Ms. Abend leads Accenture’s North America Financial Services Cybersecurity and Global Cyber Regulatory Practices. Ms. Abend has over 20 years of public and private sector cybersecurity experience. Previously, she led the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s cybersecurity and resilience efforts and chaired the US banking regulators’ cybersecurity working group.

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Ms. Abend was a Managing Director at Bank of New York Mellon and has served at the Federal Reserve Board and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Critical Infrastructure Protection at the Treasury Department. Valerie was also an Associate Director at KPMG and served on the White House’s Identity Theft Task Force, as Co- Chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council’s policy committee, the Executive Women’s Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Internet Security Alliance.


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Mr Keith Alexander

Founder & Chief Executive Officer (IronNet Cybersecurity Inc.)

At IronNet Cybersecurity, as the CEO and President, General (Ret) Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting-edge technology, consulting and education/training.

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General Alexander is a four-star general with an impressive 40-year military career, culminating in role of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005- 2014. He holds the distinction of serving in this role longer than any other director. While serving as the NSA Director, he was appointed by Congress to be the first Commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). He held this role from 2010-2014, establishing and defining how our nation is protected against cyber-attacks.


As Commander, USCYBERCOM, General Alexander was responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations, and defending Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks—as well as the defense of the nation-from cyber threats. As the Director of NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and the protection of U.S. national security information systems.


Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL., and the Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Serving as a member of the President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, General Alexander developed key recommendations to create a defensible national cyber architecture to protect national security by promoting rapid innovation and close public-private collaboration while preserving privacy and civil liberties.


General Alexander is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy (USMA) Distinguished Graduate Award. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, as well an MS in Business Administration from Boston University; an MS in Systems Technology and an MS in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School; and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

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Mr Rohan Amin

Global Chief Information Security Officer (JP Morgan Chase & Co)

Mr. Amin is the Global CISO for JPMorgan Chase. He leads the team that protects the firm and its customers, clients, employees and partners from cybersecurity threats. Mr. Amin is a member of the firm’s Global Technology Operating Committee (GTOC). Within industry he is on the managing Board of Directors for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and he is the Chair of the Board for the Financial Systemic Analysis and Resilience Center (FSARC).

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Mr. Amin came to JPMorgan Chase in 2014 from Lockheed Martin, where he led the development of the corporation’s global computer network defense strategy and the creation of the Lockheed Martin Computer Incident Response Team (LM-CIRT). He also ran Lockheed Martin’s Global Cybersecurity Solutions division that provided advanced cyber and electronic warfare systems and solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and international customers.  


Mr. Amin was a three-time recipient of Lockheed Martin’s NOVA award, its highest recognition, for establishing the company’s leadership in cybersecurity. Within the defense industry, he was instrumental in establishing the Defense Security Information Exchange (DSIE), a cyber-threat fusion and sharing forum between major defense industrial base partners. Rohan also co-authored the seminal paper on Intelligence Driven Defense and the Cyber Kill Chain – which introduced the world to new analytical tradecraft for combating Advanced Persistent Threats.


Mr. Amin obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering and his Master of Science in Telecommunications and Networking from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received his doctoral degree in Information Security from the George Washington University.  He lives with his wife and two sons in New York.

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Mr Adrian Asher

Group Chief Information Security Officer (London Stock Exchange Group)

Mr. Asher joined London Stock Exchange in July 2016 as Group CISO. Mr. Asher was previously Group CISO for HSBC, prior to which he worked for a mixture of tech (Skype, Betfair) and financial services (BarCap, Reuters, DB, Man Group) companies. He also worked for venture capital firm Accel Partners whilst trying to decide where to go next.

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Mr. Asher classifies himself as a technologist who happens to specialise in security and loves finding innovative and pragmatic solutions to business problems.

 Mr. Asher holds a Masters in Information Security from the University of London.

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Mr Mikko Hypponen

Chief Research Officer (F-Secure)

Mr. Hypponen is a worldwide authority on security and privacy. He has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge.

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Mr. Hypponen has been listed on Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list. His TED Talk has been seen by 1.5 million people and translated to 40 languages. He's also the Curator for the Malware Museum at the Internet Archive.

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Mr David Koh

Chief Executive (Cyber Security Agency of Singapore)

Mr. Koh is concurrently the Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore; and the Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

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As the Chief Executive of CSA, he leads Singapore’s efforts to provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions. These include strategy and policy development, cyber security operations, ecosystem development, public outreach and international engagement.


As the Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief of MINDEF, he is responsible for leading and coordinating cyber defence policy, capability development, and operations for Singapore’s defence cluster. This includes MINDEF, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the defence technology community, defence industry partners, and MINDEF- related organisations.


Mr. Koh also sits on the Boards of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), DSO National Laboratories (DSO) and Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI).


Prior to his current appointments, Mr. Koh served in the SAF and has held various command and staff appointments in MINDEF and the SAF. He was most recently the Deputy Secretary (Technology), overseeing acquisition, technology and logistics issues for MINDEF and the SAF.


His awards include the Public Administration Medal - Gold, the Public Administration Medal - Silver (Military), the Public Administration Medal - Bronze (Military), and the Commendation Medal (Military).


Mr. Koh has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from King’s College, London, UK.

He and his wife, Marlene, have 3 children, Daniel, Rachel and Michael.

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Mr Vincent Loy

Partner, Financial Crime & Cyber Leader (Pricewaterhousecoopers Risk Services Pte Ltd)

Mr. Loy is the Leader of Financial Crime and Cyber for Asia Pacific and is currently on secondment to Singapore. He also led the Risk Assurance for Financial Services in Singapore. He has over 20 years of experience and specialises in assessing, designing and implementing complex business, technology and cyber risk, controls and governance, resilience and compliance framework in the financial services and government sectors.

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Prior to Singapore, Mr. Loy spent more than 20 years in UK and US and led PwC UK Financial Services Technology Risk practice and was responsible for building the Technology Risk business and advised major international financial institutions and regulators in both the UK and US.


Mr. Loy is an industry thought leader for managing complex emerging technology and business issues and has advised many global banks, regulators and governments. He leads PwC relationships with the regulators on issues relating to IT, cyber, data risks and resilience, third parties and operations and has expert insight on regulatory expectation and regulatory handbook rules. He has been involved in some of the most complex IT and Operations related incidents including investigations and remediation reporting to the management, regulators and boards.


In recent years, Mr. Loy has advised various governments and regulators on cyber security and technology risk strategy. He has also been interviewed, quoted and presented in various international press including Financial Times, Business Times and the BBC. Currently, Mr. Loy is advising Interpol as the knowledge partner for Interpol World.


Mr. Loy is also a member of the advisory board on the National University of Singapore (School of Computing). In addition, he is a sub-committee member of the Committee for Future Economy of Singapore which helps to chart the shape of Singapore future economy.

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Mr Kevin R. Mandia

Chief Executive Officer & Board Director (FireEye Inc)

Mr. Mandia has been FireEye CEO since June 2016 and a member of the FireEye Board of Directors since February 2016. He previously served as FireEye President, from February 2015 until his appointment as CEO. Mr. Mandia joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004.

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Mr. Mandia has spent more than 20 years in information security and has been on the front lines helping organizations respond to computer security breaches. Before Mandiant, he was the Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and he was the Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Mandia was also a United States Air Force Officer, serving as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).


He holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University.

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Ms Cheri McGuire

Group Chief Information Security Officer (Standard Chartered Bank)

Ms. McGuire serves as Group CISO at Standard Chartered Bank. Joining in June of 2016 and based in London, she is responsible for information and cyber security governance, strategy, third party risk management, regulatory engagement, policy development, vulnerability assessments, training and awareness, and industry partnerships.

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With more than 25 years of industry and government experience, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cybersecurity, and on the boards of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and the UK Cyber Defence Alliance. Ms. McGuire is a frequent presenter at international conferences on cyber risk management and resilience, information sharing, and cybercrime, and has testified numerous times as an invited expert witness before the US Congress.


From 2010 to 2012, she served as Chair of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council – one of 16 critical sectors identified by the President and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the government on critical infrastructure protection (CIP) and cybersecurity. She is a past board member of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and a former member of the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.


Prior to her current role, she served for six years as Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy at Symantec. Ms. McGuire was responsible for the security vendor’s global public policy agenda, and government regulatory and partnership strategy, which included cybersecurity, CIP, cybercrime, data integrity, and privacy. Previously, she was Director for Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. 


Prior to this, she served in numerous positions at DHS, including as head of the National Cyber Security Division/US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). In this capacity, she provided leadership for DHS on the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) released by the President in January 2008, led the implementation of the 2008 National Cyber Exercise – Cyber Storm II, and was Head of US Delegation for bilateral cybersecurity talks with Japan in 2007.


Prior to DHS, she served as a program manager for Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly five years specializing in government telecom and computer security agencies, as a manager for a telecom engineering firm that was acquired by Exelon Infrastructure Services, and as a Congressional staffer for seven years.


She holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA from the University of California, Riverside.

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Mr Udi Mokady

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CyberArk)

Mr. Mokady is the Chairman and CEO of CyberArk, and a pioneer in establishing the Privileged Account Security software market. Since co-founding the company in 1999, Mr. Mokady has entrenched CyberArk as the market leader in privileged account security and compliance. During his tenure at CyberArk, Mr. Mokady has also served as CyberArk’s chief strategist and visionary, overseeing global expansion, management, execution and corporate development.

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Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Mokady served as CyberArk’s Chief Operating Officer between 1999 and 2005. During this time, Mr. Mokady established CyberArk’s US headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts and successfully transitioned the company to a market leadership position in Privileged Account Security by helping organizations to recognize the connection between privileged accounts and advanced internal and external security threats. Mr. Mokady also orchestrated the company’s market expansion in the US, Europe, and Asia by elevating awareness of the security and compliance risks of privileged accounts while successfully implementing and managing channel development, international sales operations and marketing for CyberArk’s award winning information security products.


Prior to CyberArk, Mr. Mokady specialized in legal management and business development for international high-tech companies. He previously served as the general counsel at Tadiran Spectralink, a highly specialized producer of secure wireless communications systems.


Mr. Mokady was honored by a panel of independent judges with the New England EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Technology Security category.


A veteran of a Military Intelligence unit, Mr. Mokady holds a law degree (L.L.B.) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master of Science management degree from Boston University.

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Mr Bruce Schneier

Chief Executive Officer (IBM Resilient)

Mr. Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by The Economist. He is the author of 14 books—including the New York Times best-seller ‘Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World’—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people.

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He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.


Mr. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project, and an advisory board member of Electronic Privacy Information Center and


Mr. Schneier is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.

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Last Modified on 04/12/2017