Is Asia Already the Epicenter of Cyber Crime? Has Asia Been Breached?

Commerce, Finance, Education, Health, Love, Logistics, Community… so many aspects of life are moving online faster and deeper than ever before with no sign of slowing down. At the same time, we have never been less secure with incidents of phishing, rootkits, bots, DDoS attacks, hacks, hijacks, spyware and malware surging EVERYWHERE with the scope of each reported breach growing exponentially. To make matters worse, with the economic cost of cyber crime and economic espionage fast approaching US$500 billion, experts estimate that cybersecurity standards and effectiveness in Asia, a region with the majority of the world’s population, GDP, online traffic and by far the fasting growing middle class, is years behind those in the United States and Europe and ill equipped to defend itself against this critical threat. What to do!?!?

Our first ever event focused on cybersecurity will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point, Hong Kong Island. We will spend a thought provoking afternoon with leading global thinkers, experts and professionals in online security, encryption, digital forensics, blockchain and intelligent global networks. If you are interested in security in the digital age, this event can’t be missed!

Date: Saturday 7 November 2015

Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Registration starts at 1:00pm)

Venue: Sunbeam Theatre – 423 King’s Road, North Point (near the intersection with Shu Kuk Street)

Official event hashtags are #TEDxHK, #TEDxHKSalon and #TEDx

Session 1: Here, Everywhere, Nowhere (2:10pm – 3:15pm)

Steve Ledzian | Director of Systems Engineering – South Asia, Hong Kong & Taiwan at FireEye

Steve Ledzian brings 20 years of IT experience to FireEye in his role as Systems Engineering Director for Asia, which includes Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India.

Steve leads a team of seasoned security experts responsible for providing high level pre sales support and guidance to FireEye account teams, customers and partners. Previous to FireEye, Steve managed the Security Specialist SE team for Cisco Systems in Asia, which he joined through Cisco’s acquisition of IronPort. Prior to relocating to Asia he worked in Silicon Valley startups for over 10 years.

Steve has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University.


Davin Teo | Director and leads the Forensic Technology team within Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic & Dispute Services for Asia

Davin spends the day (and sometimes the late evening) as a Director at Alvarez & Marsal, leading their Global Forensic Technology practice in Asia.

He has handled hundreds of digital investigations and Electronic Discovery matters over his 17 year career in this field, which started in Australia, then London and now in Hong Kong. He has conducted investigations all across the globe. He’s not only seen things from a consultancy perspective but also spent a few years co-leading a global in-house forensic investigations team for Chevron.

Davin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Financial Management from the University of Queensland. By night, he’s a family man and tries to spend whatever time he has with his loving wife and 4 children.


Frank Trampe | Co-founder and CTO of AEGIS Solutions Group

Frank is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of AEGIS Solutions Group. He is based in the United States and Hong Kong and focuses on global cybersecurity and other complex and high priority systems and integration problems. He brings a wide range of experience and insights on the security challenges facing connected businesses worldwide. His current client base includes Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and fast growing technology companies in the United States and Asia.


Gagan Singh | President of Mobile at Avast Software

Gagan is President Mobile for Avast Software in San Francisco. Before joining Avast!, Gagan was VP Mobile Strategy & Engineering at Moovweb and Executive Vice President, Digital & CTO at VIZ Media.

Over the last 17 years, Gagan has led product management, engineering, and marketing in both enterprise and consumer software companies most recently building mobile applications and highly scalable content delivery platforms in the cloud for small and large media organizations. He specializes in building quality teams by attracting, developing and retaining top performers and collaborating effectively with cross-functional partners.

Gagan received his MBA from MIT, an MPA from Harvard and a BS in EE & CS from the University of California, Berkeley.


Salon Engagement & Break (3:15pm – 3:45pm)

The attendees will have the chance to speak with the speakers and to explore different perspectives concerning their talks.

Session 2: Rubber Meets Road (3:45pm – 4:45pm)

Bimal Gandhi | CEO of Uniken Inc.

Bimal has over 20 years of global experience across the management consulting, technology, and financial services industries across US, UK and India.

He is known for his unique ability to blend finance, strategy, technology, and operations into a seamless portfolio to drive performance via a strong focus on metrics. A passionate promoter of technologies & solutions that bring value to customers, Bimal enjoys strong reputation for scaling businesses to their next level. Uniken is his third technology company in a C-level capacity.

Bimal most recently was with Ameriprise Financial, a Fortune 250 company, where he served as Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services for the parent company, President of Ameriprise Holdings and Chairman of Ameriprise India Pvt. Ltd.He began his career as a successful entrepreneur and was a founding member of the Mitchell Madison Group, a global management consultancy. Bimal holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and Strategic Management and Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Economics and Political Science.


Nicolas Otte | Director Illicit Trade Strategies & Prevention Asia at Philip Morris International

Nicolas is Director Illicit Trade Strategies & Prevention Asia for Philip Morris International (PMI), based in Hong Kong.

Nicolas has dedicated almost his entire professional career to the fight against illicit trade. He joined PMI in 2004 and was previously based in Lausanne and Morocco. He assumed his current role in 2013 and works closely with government agencies, chambers of commerce, and counterparts in other international companies in tackling the significant challenges the region faces as both a manufacturing source and trans-shipment route for illicit goods.

Nicolas holds a Master of Science in Management from France’s EMLYON Business School and completed the International MBA program of the LingNan MBA Center at ZhongShan University in GuangZhou.


Kok Tin Gan | Partner, Global Risk Assurance at PwC

Kok-Tin is a Partner in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice with over 12 years of experience. Kok-Tin’s key areas of expertise and experience include Cyber security strategy, framework, IT governance, IT security framework, application and data security, IT risk, security management, security / technology architecture and ethical hacking. Kok-Tin is extremely well versed with a number of security technology solutions (such as identity, data loss prevention, firewall, security analytics, etc.), attack / cybercrime scenarios, payment security, and security assessment framework (such as PCI-DSS, PA-DSS, ISO 27001:2005/2013, CoBIT, OWASP, OWASP Mobile etc.), relevant technology regulatory guidelines (e.g., HKMA, SFC, MAS, AMCM’s guidelines and other guidelines in the Asia Pacific region), using both automated and manual penetration testing techniques, source code security review tool, and risk management procedures pertaining to security assessment. Kok-Tin has led ~300 small to large size of security assessment / transformation engagements and has worked across different continents including, Asia, America, Europe and Africa.


Salon Engagement & Break (4:45pm – 5:15pm)

The attendees will have the chance to speak with the speakers and to explore different perspectives concerning their talks.

BREACH Interactive (5:15pm – 6:00pm)

Attendees will be welcomed on stage to chat with the speakers and the TEDx Hong Kong Community. This is your chance to take the next step and turn your ideas into reality. Network, Explore, Plan. 

After Party Mixer (6:00pm – 7:30pm)

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