CA Technologies has appointed Gene Ng as vice president of security across Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), recruiting the industry veteran from IBM.
Based in Singapore, Ng is tasked with driving the vendor’s security business across the region, drawing on close to two decades of security expertise in the process.
“Gene is a seasoned executive in the security industry and has led high-performing and high growth organisations,” CA Technologies president and general manager of APJ, Martin Mackay, said.
“He is joining us at a very exciting time where his extensive experience and expertise, coupled with our industry leading solutions, will help serve our customers’ growing security needs while enabling and protecting their organisations.”
Ng has over 20 years of security industry experience, serving as the regional leader and business unit executive for the ASEAN region at IBM Security.
Prior to Big Blue, Ng also held senior leadership positions at Blue Coat, Motorola Solutions and 3Com, starting his career with Price Waterhouse.
Furthermore, the security specialist also found success starting a security product distribution, services and training business, which became one of the top security value-added distributors in the region.
“I am excited to be joining CA Technologies, and I look forward to further strengthening CA’s security leadership in the market and helping organisations deliver secure and seamless customer experiences,” Ng added.
Spanning resellers, managed service providers and global system integrators, CA channel partners in Singapore include Accenture, Atos and Capgemini, alongside Deloitte and Tata Consultancy Services.
Ng’s appointment comes as the regional threat landscape becomes increasingly sophisticated with 2017 being a record year for cyber attacks.
The WannaCry ransomware attack, for instance, had a significant impact on major Asian economies such as China, India and Vietnam.
“Cyber security threats are effectively omni-present in today’s digital landscape, and enterprises need to embed security in the DNA of their software development to drive better business outcomes,” Ng added.
In ASEAN, the global consulting firm A.T. Kearney found that the top 1,000 companies could risk about US$750 billion due to a lack of spending on cyber security.
Singapore, who currently holds the chairmanship for the ASEAN region, has stated cyber security as a top priority and will work to promote regional integration and build up the region’s cyber defence capabilities.
This need to build up the region's cyber defence capabilities present security vendors with many growth opportunities to promote the adoption of best practice security measures into the production workflows of regional enterprises.