Huawei UAE appoints first-ever CSO in the region

Aloysius Cheang, Huawei UAE

Global information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices Huawei has announced the appointment of Aloysius Cheang as the inaugural Chief Security Officer (CSO) in the UAE.

According to the company, the creation of a CSO role amplifies Huawei’s commitment to serving customers better by addressing their governance, risk and compliance requirements, privacy and security concerns in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.

Liu Jiawei, CEO of Huawei UAE, said, “The new role of CSO is one that will help to drive Huawei’s vision, while also enabling us to offer a new level of proficiency to our customers across the UAE. With his impressive accomplishments and proven expertise, Aloysius is the ideal person to take on this position, and to imbue cybersecurity DNA into all aspects of our business. This will enable us to build a safe and secure connected society in the UAE that will enable the development of the digital economy, which will be driven by artificial intelligence, 5G, and cloud.”

Cheang has two decades of international experience in managing and delivering multi-million dollar cybersecurity programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the US-based International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)2, the world’s largest IT security organisation specialising in training and professional certifications for cybersecurity professionals.  He is also a Board Director for UK-based cyber leadership think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies.

“With ambitious and visionary plans for digital transformation, the UAE is setting new standards for the region and indeed the world in how to transition a country into the connected, intelligent era. Cybersecurity has a critical role in safeguarding connected societies, to create a secure and trustworthy intelligent ecosystem that can rely 100 per cent on the capabilities of artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud, and many other cutting-edge technologies. As CSO of Huawei in the UAE, my aim is to help build a digitally secure future for the country in partnership with our customers in the public and private sector, thereby contributing to the admirable vision of the country’s leadership,” said Cheang regarding his appointment.

Cheang’s most recent role was as Co-Founder and Managing Director for Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, in which he oversaw CSA’s superlative expansion outside of the USA and in the global standardisation space. Before his stint with the CSA, he was Worldwide Head of Security with Vodafone Global Enterprise and a Security and Forensic Practice Leader in Singapore with PwC.

He has also founded and led several information security associations, and is active in international standardisation efforts having been the lead editor for standards such as ISO 27032.

Cheang holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore. He has CISSP and CISA professional certifications, and is a Microsoft MVP Hall of Fame recipient

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