Elevation From CIO to CEO Is Part of Natural Progression

Ken Soh, CIO of BH Global, Singapore, on How to Juggle Between Roles of CIO and CEO
Ken Soh, CIO of BH Global, Singapore

Ken Soh, who was primarily hired to manage the technology transformation and transition in the BH Group in Singapore, took the plunge to wear dual hats - CIO and CEO. Soh states that Athena Dynamics, the cybersecurity advisory spinoff of BH Group, was born out of an unexpected discovery of 'learning how to learn.'

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He is a firm believer that if CIOs and CISOs have to prevent cyberthreats of the future, they must move beyond technologies focused on detection. It is important to look at a new paradigm known as 'sanitization.'

"Besides just technology, people and processes, cyber protection is about continuous innovation. While most technologies in cyber space are detection-based, the paradigm is shifting toward sanitization, which allows enterprise CISOs to protect businesses from undetectable threats. That is how Athena Dynamics was born," Koh says.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Koh discusses:

  • How to scout for growth opportunities beyond conventional roles;
  • Importance of data cleansing before technology transformation;
  • Look beyond detection technologies to protect from the unknowns.

Soh has served more than 150 enterprises since the inception of Athena Dynamics. In the past, he held senior leadership roles with various large Singapore-based organizations, including Temasek Polytechnic and NCS Group.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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