Yap Leng Kuen Series | Cyber Security Talent Search.

Cyber security talent search at Vigilant Asia.

As the pace of digital transformation intensifies, protection from cyber attacks which is akin to the securing of the alarm systems at home, is becoming increasingly important.

But the field of cyber security is short of talent with a key skill in cyber security forensic that Vigilant Asia is looking for.

This is as the cyber security firm is receiving more enquiries on the issue, not just because of the pandemic, but as more users of IT devices are being compromised, especially with ransomware.

Underscoring its search for key talent are the company’s plans to be a regional cyber security firm with partners in other ASEAN countries.

With a staff strength of 40, Vigilant Asia runs internship programmes to identify talent from fresh graduates.

The internship programme draws students from local universities including Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Taylor’s and Management & Science University.

Recruitment may be also be conducted through employment consultants and agencies.

The study of computer forensic is offered by local universities under the computer science discipline or computer engineering.

With computer forensic as a good starting point, disciplines in analytics and artificial intelligence will also go well with cyber security.

In computer forensic, a structured investigation is performed with the maintenance of a documented chain of evidence on what had happened on a computing device, and the parties responsible for it.

Vigilant Asia, which is part of the Efficient E-Solutions group, is working with internet service providers that have an existing relationship with companies through the provision of broadband services.

“Today, they want to expand their offerings which can be enhanced by cyber security; instead of building this on their own, they choose to work with us,’’ said Vigilant Asia CEO Victor Cheah.

Currently, the company has mainly go to market partners which have relationships with their markets through some technology support that they provide.

Other partners include system integrators and managed services companies.

Post the Movement Control Order, the new norm involving the wide usage of laptops and mobiles by those working from home, is expected to continue.   

Vigilant Asia sees good demand for its products that protect these devices as people become more aware of security when operating out of their secured office environment.

It provides end point detection and response installed in laptops and computers to assist in round the clock monitoring of abnormal behavior in IT assets such as laptops, and preventing malicious malware from infiltrating these laptops.

For mobile defense, it has an app that can be installed on a mobile device or tablet, that protects the phone from network attacks, malicious apps installed and offers device protection.

Despite strong response to cyber awareness talks, follow-up action is usually slower.

Vigilant Asia has given talks on understanding the cyber threat landscape, and working with Microsoft, it has done demonstrations on how easily phones can be hacked.

More of these educational sessions are being planned online for the rest of the year.

Still at the start-up phase,  activities at Vigilant Asia are expected to gain traction next year.

The company has spent the last two years building a best of breed platform that can deliver cyber security services to a wider audience, with its services being validated by Gartner.  


Yap Leng Kuen had a respected career as a senior business editor and widely read columnist speaking plainly, for the leading local newspaper. She continues to write Plain Speaking for The Star Online.

I am delighted to share her view points and insights, here.

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