CIO2SME 2019

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Most businesses recognise the need for technology inclusion but many struggle to infuse technology as part of their long-term business strategy. Join industry experts to learn how growing businesses can achieve investment returns on technology transformation, understand the risks of adopting modern cloud technologies and how to build a digital “first aid kit” for your organization in disruptive times.









11:30am – 1:30pm Registration & Welcome Lunch
1:30pm – 1:40pm Welcome Address
Eileen Tan, Executive Director, Stone Forest IT
1:40pm – 2:10pm Digital Readiness in the Age of Distruption
Tay Thain lin, IT Director, RSM Singapore
2:10pm – 2:30pm Blockchain and Its Impact to SMEs
Kor Kiang Sean, Managing Director, Trinide
2:30pm – 2:40pm Intermission - Ice Cream Time
2:40pm – 3:00pm Do You Have a Digital First Aid Kit Ready? 
Hoi Wai Khin, Director, RSM Singapore
3:00pm – 3:30pm Digital Privacy Legal Considerations for SMEs
Lionel Tan, Equity Partner, Rajah & Tann
3:30pm – 4:00pm Q&A


Date: 27 September 2019 (Friday) 

Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm (Lunch from 11:30am)

Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute
              11 Eunos Road 8
              Singapore 408601
              (Nearest MRT – Paya Lebar)

For directions to the venue, please refer to the details here.

Who should attend: Business owners, C-suite and leaders responsible for cybersecurity, governance, risk or compliance


Organiser: Stone Forest






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Digital Readiness in the Age of Disruption
Tay Thain Lin, IT Director

We are undoubtedly in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is characterised by a fusion of technologies blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. The breakneck speed of technological breakthrough and innovation is something to be reckoned with. Robotic automation, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain technologies are some innovations that are making waves in our lives today. Can SMEs afford to ignore these? Gain insights and tips how SMEs can leverage on technologies to future-proof your business in our increasingly digitalised business environment.


Blockchain and Its Impact to SMEs
Kor Kiang Sean, Managing Director

Blockchain is poised to revolutionize the digital landscape in the coming years. Transparency, decentralization and lower transaction costs for international remittance are some of its key advantages over traditional systems. Find out how Blockchain would impact your business in the near future, whether you decide to use it or not.

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Do You Have a Digital First Aid Kit Ready?
Hoi Wai Khin, Director – Business Consulting

Today the chilling reality of security risks is only as strong as its weakest link, which is often people. Without good security hygiene habits, state-of-the-art IT infrastructure defence is as thin as paper. As your business becomes more digitised, one of the key challenge and top risk that is impacting all business is the loss of confidential business information through Cyber Security or Internal attacks. The world today is very different from the start of the century. Increasingly, we also see changes in ecosystem structural shift, rapid technological change, uncertainty in geopolitical environment over globalisation and technology. These factors create a business environment with rising complexity, uncertainty and risk.

With all the challenges faced by Businesses, we will share how Business in Singapore can tackle the issue by quickly develop a first aid kit in response to the challenges. We will also share how other Businesses develop action plans to refine their kit to handle and tackle the above challenges.


Digital Privacy Legal Considerations for SMEs
Lionel Tan, Equity Partner

SMEs are constantly encouraged to transform their business by adopting a digital mindset and adopting new technology platforms in order to widen their reach and also supply services or products online.  While leveraging the exponential benefits of a digital transformation, which necessarily involves collecting and processing a larger amount of customer data, a balance has to be struck with the imperative of ensuring the customer’s personal data and privacy are secured.   The various data protection laws that need to be complied with, such as the GDPR and the PDPA, pose issues for SMEs as they navigate through the regulations.  Issues relating to obtaining consent, correction rights, access rights and retention obligations have to be considered by SMEs.  SMEs also need to fortify their systems to ensure that personal data is well protected and at the same time prepare for any eventualities such as a cyber breach.  These legal considerations are necessary to ensure a good balance is struck between the use of personal data to improve the products and services to the customer while at the same time maintaining privacy and protection of the customer’s sensitive information.






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Mr Tay Thain Lin, IT Director

As the IT Director for RSM Singapore, a large professional services firm with 1,300+ headcounts in 3 countries, Mr Tay and his team lead digital transformation projects to bring out innovative solutions to bring the Firm into the digital economy. Mr Tay has more than 25 years of experience in consultancy, business and information systems management, and he often shares his joy and pain of the tough IT journeys with the SME community.







Mr Kor Kiang Sean, Managing Director

Sean has 4 years of experience in blockchain technology, starting by mining litecoins using customized hexa-GPU mining rigs. Sean subsequently worked as a researcher and analyst at a firm focusing on blockchain integration for social media platforms, before moving on to Talenta, one of the largest ICO advisories in Singapore. He has since started a consulting firm, Trinide, that provides blockchain solutions to clients interested in the technology.





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Mr Hoi Wai Khin, Director – Business Consulting

Wai Khin specialises in information security and business continuity, and has vast overseas and local experience in managing technology risk. In his current position, Wai Khin has extensive exposure to the management of risk/audit/security programmes to meet legal, human resources, audit, IT, risk management and information security requirements. This involves constant innovation of ideas to implement value-added security programmes to support the client's organisational objectives and building a robust security framework that goes beyond regulatory compliance. His global experiences include assisting organisations in audits for IT due diligence, Sarbanes Oxley 404 IT General Computer Control, and IT diagnostics for mergers & acquisitions. Wai Khin has also supported clients in ISO 27001 certification projects, cloud technology, bring your own device (BYOD), as well as compliance with Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and internal and external IT audit requirements. Prior to joining the firm, he was an information security officer managing security, business continuity and audit programmes for a global B2B company. His experiences also include working as a data protection officer for a leading semiconductor manufacturer, tasked with protecting highly confidential R&D IP information. Wai Khin also previously provided audit assurances, security and business continuity advisory services at a Big 4 firm.







Mr Lionel Tan, Equity Partner

Lionel started out his career in law as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and concurrently held the appointment of Assistant Director of the Computer Information & Systems Department of the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore. Since joining private practice he has been involved in various high profile commercial and criminal litigation cases and has advised clients on a wide spectrum of commercial and criminal matters. He has a keen interest in the field of Information Technology law, with special emphasis on the developing area of litigation practice in the Information Technology arena He has been involved in cases dealing with Internet defamation, Internet fraud, on-line security breaches, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information. He also advises clients on compliance measures in relation to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and is a member of the National Council of Social Services Workgroup for PDPA. He regularly advises clients on responding to investigations carried out the Personal Data Protection Commission and his background in litigation provides unique insights on the best strategies to be adopted. He advises clients on the area of persistent threats of cyber-security breaches and how best to take legal measures to mitigate against such risks and manage liabilities.





Note: The organiser reserves the right to change the venue, date and programme due to circumstances beyond our control.