Yum Shoen Yih is Deputy Director for Government Cybersecurity Consultancy in the Critical Information Infrastructure Division of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore.
His National Security and Cybersecurity practices were honed over more than 30 years in MINDEF. His risk-based security practice has always focussed on the threats so that the security posture is always keeping up with current, emerging and new threats.
Military operational thinking is well suited for cybersecurity against cyber threats which are constantly finding ways to overcome new cybersecurity methods and products. Military plans are also developed to achieve the missions against the MOST PROBABLE and MOST DANGEROUS courses of actions of the enemy (threat) using limited resources. Therefore, based on this military philosophy and practice, he tries to formulate security solutions that are an optimal balance, as far as possible, of “Cost”, “Efficiency/usability” and “Security”. This has culminated in the CSA publication “Be Safe Online – How to Defend Your Business against Cyber-attacks”. The ideas in this publication has also been implemented by a Singapore cybersecurity company and the product is being used globally.
Since joining CSA in 2015, he has presented at the inaugural Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2016, World Economic Forum (WEF) “Mitigating Risks in the Innovation Economy” working group and a few other cybersecurity conferences in Singapore for a variety of industry sectors so as to educate them on how to better defend themselves against cyber threats.
He is an AISP member since the formation of Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP) of Singapore in Feb 2008. He is also member of the Singapore Computer Society.