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FS-ISAC’s AP Executive Director Kunal Sehgal Named a 2019 “Ones to Watch”

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 8 January 2019 - Kunal Sehgal, executive
director of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Centre's (FS-ISAC)
Asia Pacific (AP) hub is a 2019 "Ones to Watch" award recipient. IDG's
CIO and the CIO Executive Council present the award to rising technology
leaders.

 

One of Sehgal's most notable
accomplishments is spearheading the opening of
FS-ISAC's AP
Regional Analysis Centre's office and operations in Singapore, which has
grown to support 55 members across 13 countries. Staffed and operated entirely
by FS-ISAC,
the
hub opened in November 2017 in association with the Monetary Authority of
Singapore.

 

The global expansion has enabled
FS-ISAC to provide its nearly 7,000 members world-wide with 24/7
threat and
incident coverage along with FS-ISAC's U.S. office and operations, ultimately
leading to better protection of the financial sector as a whole. Under Sehgal's
leadership, the AP intelligence team have monitored and responded to cyberattacks
targeting financial institutions in the AP region by gathering key information
through the cooperation of its regional members. Overcoming the language
barrier, FS-ISAC with the help of its regional members are able to sift through
the noise of the local media, connect the dots, translate the information and
share it with FS-ISAC members worldwide.

Sehgal
was also heavily involved in the launch of the
CEntral banks, REgulators
and
Supervisory entities (CERES Forum)
,
a premier threat information sharing group for central banks,
regulatory agencies and supervisors that are increasingly the target of cyberattacks.
The Forum, which
was launched in June 2018, helps member organizations improve their defenses
against attacks that could impact the global financial services sector and the
world's economies.
The CERES Forum
is separate from the FS-ISAC community of banks, credit unions, insurance
companies, investment companies and other financial institutions, which
provides a trusted space for private financial institutions to share
information. A new standalone secure portal and processes ensures FS-ISAC member
confidentiality.

 

"The
Ones to Watch Awards are an effective way to acknowledge the success of those individuals
who have the right mix of technology and management skills to maintain continuity,
drive innovation and lead solutions teams," said Tim Scannell, director of strategic
content at the CIO Executive Council.

 

"Cyberthreats,
vulnerabilities and attacks require financial institutions and FS-ISAC to share
information, assess risks, collaborate and create innovative solutions to combat
cybercrime," said Steve Silberstein, president and CEO, FS-ISAC. "We are
extremely proud of Kunal for this CIO recognition, which highlights to the
industry at large, the outstanding work he does in strengthening intelligence
capabilities and cyber-resilience solutions at both a local and regional
level."

 

In
2018, FS-ISAC earned IDG's CIO 100 Awards
for its exemplary operations management and strategic excellence in information
technology.

 

Sehgal
will accept the award at the AGENDA19 Conference held March 18-20 at the
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.

 

About
FS-ISAC

The Financial Services
Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) is a non-profit corporation
that was established in 1999 and is funded by its nearly 7,000-member firms
headquartered in 50 countries with users in 72 countries. FS-ISAC is a member-driven
organization whose mission is to help assure the resilience and continuity of
the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts
that could significantly impact the sector's ability to provide services
critical to the orderly function of the global economy. FS-ISAC shares threat
and vulnerability information, conducts coordinated contingency planning
exercises, manages rapid response communications for both cyber and physical
events, conducts education and training programs and fosters collaborations
with and among other key sectors and government agencies. Follow us on
Twitter @FSISAC, on LinkedIn or visit https://www.fsisac.com.

About
CIO

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focuses on attracting the highest concentration of enterprise CIOs and business
technology executives with unparalleled peer insight and expertise on business
strategy, innovation, and leadership. As organizations grow with digital
transformation, CIO provides its readers with key insights on career development,
including certifications, hiring practices and skills development. The
award-winning CIO portfolio provides business technology leaders with analysis
and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's
role in achieving business goals. More information on CIO is available at
www.cio.com.

 

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