It is coming to the end of 2022. In this year, the Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Chapter has organized a number of knowledge sharing events on various topics and in December, we will discuss how to enhance the security posture of cloud nature environment.
In the December event, we will hear from China based software security vendor Beijing Anpro Information Technology Co., Ltd. (北京安普諾資訊技術有限公司) on how they look at CyberSecurity and how they develop their products. Their co-founder 李浩 will share with us about how to secure Cloud Native Environment through DevSecOps environment. This will be our first event conducted in Putonghua.
After the successful staging of the Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Summit on October 12, it is time to go back to the regular CSA Knowledge Sharing Event in November.
This month we will look into cloud security from an attacker’s viewpoint. As we mentioned before, despite the fact that cloud environment is quite secure after many years of enhancement, attacks still happen.
In our next Knowledge Sharing Event, we invited Boris So, a technical professional, to bring us into the cloud security from the “dark side”. Boris is a technical expert and has in-depth knowledge in hacking and security attack. He will be showing us more information about common attack to cloud workloads with demonstration.
Participants will claim 1 CPE.
DATE: November 24, 2022 (Thursday) TIME: 12:30 – 01:30 pm FORMAT: Webinar TOPIC: Attacks on Cloud Workloads Media of Language: Cantonese SPEAKER: Boris So, OWASP HK Chapter Lead, Cloud Service Provider Technical Expert
Address common attacks targeting cloud workloads, with demonstration simulating a major incident hitting the global news headline as well as other complicated attack vectors discovered in red team exercises.
From the attack paths identified in these scenarios we are able to draw an abstract pattern of how attackers find a way in and escalate privilege.
Finally we will try to go back to answer the fundamental question: is the cloud secure?
Boris is a software security specialist specializing in software design and architecture, threat modeling, secure programming and static code analysis, penetration and simulation test, code obfuscation, steganography, as well as rootkit research.
Currently Boris is working in a major cloud service provider, where he joined from one of the world’s leading US financial services institutes.
He is also the OWASP HK chapter lead, and he holds 2 US patents, 2 bachelor degrees in computing and surveying, and 2 master degrees in computer forensics and applied psychology.
Boris is an enthusiast in aviation and he holds a private pilot license. During his free time, he is probably spending his time flying while not hacking.
Last week, when I taught the CCSP class by ISC2 in Hong Kong Productivity Council, I discussed with the participants in our cloud journey about the upcoming trend in Cloud Security which are Cloud Data Security, Zero Trust and Cloud Audit.
Cloud Data Security is one of the most important elements within Cloud Security. So CSA published the Understanding Cloud Data Security and Priorities. This summarises what should be the priorities in defining cloud data security aspects. More details can be found in this link.
Zero Trust Technology is considered as one of the hot topics in this year. Many companies mentioned about their solutions related to Zero Trust. In fact, Zero Trust Technology is not just a specific product but a philosophy and mindset. CSA CTO Daniele Catteddu mentioned about this in both the ISSummit 2022 event and also in CSA HK & Macau Chapter Summit 2022 event that held this month. In the presentation, Daniele also mentioned that CSA is going to develop a micro training series which is open and free for everyone. So it is definitely a good time for us to learn online together.
In the event, Daniele also mentioned about Cloud Audit Training which is CCAK training. After some time, we (CSA and Hatter Company Limited) successfully get the CCAK and hopefully CCSK (another flagship training by Cloud Security Alliance) to be officially endorsed by VTC under the RTTP program. Our first public class will be held on 7 – 9 Nov, 2022 (virtually through zoom). Seats are still available for registration.
Lastly, CSA also prepared some Cloud Security for Financial Services webinar. So anyone can check in and join the webinar.
After announcing our first local class on Certificate of Cloud Auditing Knowledge (CCAK) class in Hong Kong, we received more official supports from VTC that more of our CCAK class are now officially accepted RTTP approved training programs (That is, 66% off from the listed price of the course).
In the coming 2 months, we will have 4 available CCAK classes that available for interested parties at different pace. 2 days, 3 days and weekly evening classes are available for different participants to take the class online.
In order to catch this training opportunity for yourself or your company offered by Cloud Security Alliance (HK & Macau) chapter and Hatter Company Limited, you can check the list of courses within the schedule CCAK class schedule.
In a complex and hybrid world, enterprises must consider the challenges of increased real-time system complexity, the need for new cybersecurity policy and strong cultural support that is required to securely operate systems. As cyber risk has increased significantly across many organizations, the old adage of “trust, but verify” is no longer practical. The growing interest and movement toward Zero Trust architectures in the past few years has shifted this approach to the more accurate, “never trust, always verify”.
At the Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Summit 2022, the implications of an emerging, rich and diverse solutions landscape and the challenges to an organization’s ability to ultimately deliver a Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) will be thoroughly discussed by expert speakers. Recommendations on how industry can improve collaboration among key stakeholder groups will also be offered to accelerate both enterprise leaders and security practitioners’ adoption of Zero Trust into their environments.
DATE: October 12, 2022 (Wednesday)
TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FORMAT: Online event with live presentation
LANGUAGE: English / Cantonese / Mandarin (depends on speaker)
10:00 Welcome Remarks Claudius Lam, Chairman, Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Chapter
10:05 Opening Address – The Cloud Security Alliance Roadmap [English] Jim Reavis, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Security Alliance
10:25 Modernising Security and Enabling Cloud Journey [English] Jason Pun, Assistant Government Chief Information Officer (Cyber Security and Digital Identity), Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
10:45 Cybersecurity Strategies on Incident Response to Protect your Organization [Cantonese] Otto Lee, Deputy Head, HKCERT
11:15 Cybersecurity Laws in Macau [Cantonese] Terry Cheung, Deputy Chairman – Macau, Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Chapter
11:45 探索雲中零信任、零摩擦、零損失的技術落地 – Explore technology practices with zero trust, zero friction and zero loss in the cloud [Mandarin] Liso Lv, EVP – Research, Cloud Security Alliance Greater China Region
12:15 Enabling Data Privacy in the Cloud [English] Dr Meng-Chow Kang, CISSP, Member, ISC2 Advisory Council – Asia Pacific
14:00 Making Possible a Zero Trust World You Can Always Trust [Cantonese] Nick Ng, Head of Systems Engineering, Fortinet Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia
14:30 Continuous Risk Assessment and Access Control with Zero Trust Secure Access [Cantonese] Alan Leung, Consultant, Trend Micro
15:00 CSA as a guiding STAR to Cybersecurity [English] Daniele Catteddu, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Security Alliance
15:30 Sangfor Hybrid Cloud – Your Cloud Transformer in Disguise [Cantonese] David Chan, Systems Engineer Director, Sangfor
16:00 Security around sophisticated Multi-cloud and Hybrid-cloud Environment [Cantonese] Matthew Wong, Senior Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
16:30 BeyondProd – A New Approach To Cloud Native Security [English] Ken Zhang, Head of Security Greater China, Customer Engineering, Google Cloud
We have a fruitful discussion at our forum on September 14, 2022 when we touched on the terms “to acquire certification” and “accrediting cybersecurity practitioners” in the consultation paper. As the paper referred to Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore, we believe it would be better for us to understand what is CSA of Singapore’s objectives and how they define the program before we define how our future direction to be.
Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Chapter has invited our CSA APAC ex-colleague Anthony Lim to share his view and provide highlights to us on the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore accreditation program.
Participants will claim 1 CPE.
DATE: September 27, 2022 (Tuesday) TIME: 12:30 – 01:30 pm FORMAT: Webinar TOPIC: Learn our way to accreditation and qualification of CyberSecurity Professions from Singapore CSA SPEAKER: Anthony Lim, Fellow, Cybersecurity, Governance & FinTech, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences
Objectives behind accreditation and qualification of CyberSecurity Professions in Singapore
What is the roles and authority of CSA?
What is the qualification and accreditation process and requirement?
What is the advantages and disadvantages of the qualification scheme?
How to align with existing international qualifications?
How to align with university CyberSecurity training program?
What is the current status of the accreditation program?
How to shape similar program in Hong Kong?
Anthony is a pioneer and veteran in cybersecurity and governance in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, with over 25 years’ professional experience, as consultant, advocate, instructor, auditor and business leader. His current interests include application security, cloud security, GRC (governance, risk management & compliance), policy & audit, smart cities and operational technology (OT).
He has held key inaugural Asia Pacific cybersecurity business leadership roles, IBM, CA and Check Point, was regional principal consultant at Fortinet and project CISO at NCS.
Anthony is a long-time well-known speaker and content provider for many business, industry, government and academic conferences, workshops, committees, executive roundtables and media (print, broadcast, internet), and has been interviewed often on national news. He has also been a judge at national and regional industry awards, and himself has won some industry awards, and also is charter member of a government cybersecurity committee.
He was a co-developer of an acclaimed international cloud security professional certification, and was a pioneer and advocate of application security certification in the region. He has presented on matters of cyber-security and governance at seminars at Washington DC, NATO, Stanford University, Tsinghua University and RSA Asia Pacific.He is a guest and adjunct module developer and instructor at some universities (Master’s and adult-executive programs), professional training institutes and certification programs in the region, an ISO-27001 lead auditor, and life alumni member of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The purpose of the consultation paper is to make preliminary proposals for law reform on addressing the issues of the protection of individuals’ rights as well as the criminal activities carried out by the rapid developments of information technology, the computer and the internet.
This consultation is affecting our future view in CyberSecurity area. The proposed five cyber-dependent crimes mentioned in the paper will definitely impacts all of us including CyberSecurity practitioners and even IT practitioners.
Thus, Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong & Macau Chapter is working with HKU Computer Science Department, as well as Information Security and Forensics Society (https://www.isfs.org.hk), Hong Kong Computer Society (https://www.hkcs.org.hk) and other IT organisations to jointly organise a Tech Forum to discuss on the topic.
Online Discussion will be held on September 14, 2022:
DATE: September 14, 2022 (Wednesday) TIME: 18:30 – 20:30 (HK Time) FORMAT: Online Zoom TOPIC: HKU-CS Online Tech Forum and Discussion: the Consultation Paper on Cyber-Dependent Crimes and Jurisdictional Issues
The Cloud Security Alliance was commissioned by Anjuna to develop a survey and report to better understand the industry’s knowledge, attitudes, and opinions regarding sensitive data in the cloud. Anjuna financed the project and co-developed the questionnaire by participating with CSA research analysts. The survey was conducted online by CSA in April 2022 and received 452 responses from IT and security professionals from various organization sizes and locations. CSA’s research team performed the data analysis and interpretation for this report.
Goals of the Study The goal of this survey was to understand the following:
• Cloud use and data security needs • Security priorities and challenges for the next year • Approach to hosting sensitive data and workloads in the cloud • Familiarity with cloud and data security technologies