RSA Conference 2019 Asia Pacific & Japan Unveils Keynote Stage Line-up

Addressing the pressing cybersecurity issues impacting the region’s digital economies at the seventh annual event in Singapore


SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 June 2019 - RSA Conference, the world's leading
information security conferences and expositions, today announced its line-up
of keynote speakers for RSA Conference 2019 Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ). The
Conference keynotes will be opened by
Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary
Secretary for Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health on
Tuesday, July 16,at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.


APJ region is home to seven of the top 10 economies with the largest ICT to GDP
growth ratio[1].
As economic growth and people's lifestyles become increasingly dependent on
digital products and services, this year's keynotes will focus on how everyone
-- from the C-suites to the frontlines -- can ensure a more secure region while
collectively continuing to pursue progress.


highlights of the keynote line-up include
Kyla Guru, a 17-year-old student
and internationally-renowned cybersecurity prodigy and entrepreneur, who will
share her thoughts on transforming public education systems around privacy and
cybersecurity and what she believes should be the mission of all cybersecurity
initiatives. Also, a team of global computer forensics and ethical hacking
experts from the
SANS Institute will deliver unique perspectives
on dangerous new cyber-attack techniques and how we can make radical changes to
improve the current state of 'cyber-insecurity'.


The Hugh Thompson Show:
DeepFakes and the Human Zero Day
will be a highlight on the Conference keynote
stage. RSA Conference Program Chair Hugh Thompson will feature special guests --
actor and writer Alexis Conran, and top cybersecurity researchers Saurabh
Shintre and Dr Vrizlynn Thing. Together, they will discuss what makes humans
most susceptible to being manipulated and compromised, how DeepFakes and AI are
being weaponized, and how this forever changes defense strategies.


progress and navigating an evolving cybersecurity landscape come hand in hand.
The rise of e-commerce and FinTech in Asia boosts consumption and inclusion but
makes us vulnerable to new forms of scams and fraud. Sharper AI algorithms boost
productivity but can also be used to make cyber-threats harder to discern. The
line-up that we've assembled will help us better leverage digital opportunities
while managing associated risks. Our goal is to help create a brighter future
by highlighting what it takes to become more secure today," said Linda Gray
Martin, Senior Director and General Manager, RSA Conferences.


speakers and sessions include:


  • Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary
    Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Health

keynote Guest-of-Honor for RSA Conference 2019 APJ, Mr.
Amrin Amin is Senior
Parliamentary Secretary for Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry
of Health. He is a Member of Parliament representing Sembawang Group
Representation Constituency (Woodlands) since September 2015. Prior to
political office, he was a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Amrin read law at the National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Law) (Honors)
and Columbia University in New York (Master of Law) (Harlan Fiske Stone


  • Kyla Guru, Founder / CEO, Bits
    N' Bytes Cybersecurity Education | Tales of a Teenage Security Supergirl

her freshman year in high school, Kyla Guru founded Bits N' Bytes
Cybersecurity, a national organization that now sustains more than 20 national
partnerships with school districts, corporations like Facebook and IBM, and
educational platforms like Discovery Education, all to increase awareness,
literacy, and fluency in privacy and cybersecurity. Guru will share her story
of being a social entrepreneur, what she believes should be the greater mission
of all cybersecurity initiatives, and what she sees as the future of the

  • The
    Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter Them

Presented by the SANS Institute, this
keynote panel will reveal the most dangerous new attack techniques, how they
work and how we can stop them. Speakers include
M. Lee
, CEO and Founder, Dragos, Inc, SANS Certified
; My-Ngoc Nguyen, CEO / Principal Consultant, Secured IT Solutions,
SANS Certified Instructor
Stephen Sims, SANS Faculty Fellow, PenTest and Cyber Defense
Essentials Curriculum Lead
and moderated by Nick Klein,
Director of Klein & Co., Computer Forensics, SANS Certified Instructor


  • Rohit Ghai, President, RSA, and Holly
    , Senior Vice President and Digital
    Transformation Lead, RSA | The New Why of Cybersecurity

investment accelerates business velocity, transforms constituent experiences
and spawns new opportunities. But this formidable force for human progress also
magnifies risk. Together with leading industry experts from RSA, Rohit Ghai
will address the management of digital risk as the new 'why' for cybersecurity.


  • Diana Kelley,
    Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft | Better Cybersecurity with AI and ML? Focus
    on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

AI and
machine learning can speed up the threat response cycle, but
without diverse teams developing these machine learning models, we may end
up automating bias or even criminals' attack paths. Diana Kelley will explain
the importance of culture and diversity within organizations'
cybersecurity teams, to ensure they benefit from advances in the fields of AI
and machine learning.


  • Haiyan Song,
    Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Markets, Splunk | Embracing
    Chaos to Reimagine Cybersecurity

nation-state hacks and concerns around privacy continue to mount, data is playing
an increasingly critical role in the success of the security operations center
(SOC). With security professionals facing an ever-increasing volume of risk,
Haiyan Song will share ways to embrace data chaos, fuel innovation and stay one
step ahead of today's biggest security threats.


  • Aarti
    , Vice President, Offering Management, IBM
    Security | The New Rules of Security

reality today is that enterprises must secure business processes from and for
the cloud. 
As we move into the next era of cloud
computing, Aarti Borkar will detail how cybersecurity leaders can adopt a
continuous security model to protect data and workloads, manage threats and
compliance, and secure identities and networks.

  • The
    Hugh Thompson Show: DeepFakes and The Human Zero Day

From social engineering and exploiting human zero days
to DeepFakes that are now harder to discern than ever before, the greatest
threats we have ever faced sit inside the human mind
This closing keynote takes you behind the scenes to explore what it is about
humans that makes us susceptible to getting manipulated and compromised. Learn
how DeepFakes and AI are being weaponized from world-renowned application
security expert and RSA Conference Program Committee Chair,
Hugh Thompson, and special guests Vrizlynn Thing, Senior Vice
President, Head of Cybersecurity Strategic Technology Centre, ST Engineering
Saurabh Shintre, Senior Principal
; and Alexis Conran, a celebrity presenter
and broadcaster best known for his role in highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The
Real Hustle


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and online registration details:


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[1] International
Monetary Fund. Regional Economic Outlook: Asia-Pacific. May 2018.

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