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What Can Asia Teach About Security?

Singapore's First RSA Event to Provide Insights

The Asia-Pacific region has leapfrogged the U.S., and certain parts of Europe, with its adoption of advanced mobile features, such as barcode-scanning for mobile payments, and widespread adoption of mobile banking.

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What can U.S. organizations learn about mobile security from the experiences of their Asia-Pac counterparts?

That's a question I hope to answer while in Singapore attending this week's RSA Conference Asia Pacific 2013.

But I'm also looking forward to learning more about cross-border crime-fighting collaboration among law enforcement, governments and the financial sector. In an age during which cyber-attacks and hacktivism - often stemming from nations in Asia - are getting increasing attention, how can we expect information sharing to improve? How cooperative will policing bodies and governments in this part of the world be with law enforcement and governments in the Western World?

Cybercrime, international law enforcement collaboration and emerging mobile security trends are among the key issues that will be addressed at this RSA event, to be held June 5-6.

A Groundbreaking Event

This is a first-time event for RSA in this part of the world; that makes it important. Why is RSA targeting this market? Because its cyberthreat risks are increasing and cross-border information sharing within the Asia-Pacific region has proven challenging.

This region is a hotbed for cyber-activity, both good and bad. It's good to see an event that focuses on activities in this region and spearheads dialogue among a mix of global cybersecurity leaders.

Watch for news, interviews and commentary from this event; I'll be providing frequent updates.

Keynote presentations from James Pang, assistant director of digital crime investigations for INTERPOL, an international criminal police organization, and renowned fraud experts, including Frank Abagnale, the subject of the best-seller-turned-movie, "Catch Me if You Can," will touch on topics that interest every global market, not just Asia-Pac.

Other key topics include application security, privacy, cloud computing risks and protecting networks and corporate infrastructures.

And while I'm interested in all of those topics, what I'm most interested in getting out this event is more information about the unique security challenges and risks the Asia-Pac market is facing, as well as its cybersecurity triumphs. From a mobile banking and payments perspective, I expect to learn a great deal.

RSA is working with Singapore's Safety and Security Industry Programme Office - a strategic alliance between Singapore's Economic Development Board and the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs that promotes public-private partnerships - as well as the Singapore Tourism Board to make this conference an annual event.

From a cybercrime and law enforcement perspective, the SSIPO and Economic Development Board have been touted by RSA for encouraging more dialogue among international stakeholders to review ways digital forensics can be used to thwart emerging cyberthreats.

The unique cybercrime investigation challenges countries in Asia-Pac face will be a focus for those two groups, and I'm anxious to hear their perspectives while I'm here.

I'd also like to know your thoughts and questions about emerging cyber-risks in Asia-Pac. You can drop me a line at And if you plan to attend the event, let me know that too. I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to meet with as many experts in the field as I can.

For more information on RSA Conference Asia Pacific 2013, visit the event website.

I hope to see some of you there.

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About the Author

Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 10 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by, ABC News, and MSN Money.

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