OCBC has hired one of Asia’s leading cyber-security experts and the man responsible for setting up the technology crime division within the Hong Kong Police. Anthony Fung has joined OCBC’s technology information security office (TISO) as head of group red team (the unit that hacks the bank’s systems to test vulnerabilities) for cyber intelligence, forensic.
Fung previously spent more than three years at Standard Chartered in Malaysia, most recently as head of cyber forensic and threat intelligence for its global business services division, according to his public profile.
His job area, cyber and information security and intelligence, is one of the most sought after within the Singapore banking sector. Demand is being driven not just by the threat of online attacks, but also by the need to comply with increasingly vigorous regulations, such as the Cybersecurity Act, which became law in February.
DBS, UOB and Fung’s new firm, OCBC, are among the most aggressive recruiters of cyber professionals in the Singapore banking industry. They are headquartered in the Republic, so most of their group-wide cyber roles are based there. OCBC currently has four cyber analyst vacancies, for example, one within the red team.
Fung began his career as a software developer in the 1980s and then joined the Hong Kong Police in 1990. After an initial stint dealing with “robberies, criminal intimidations, murders, and scams”, he became a pioneer for online policing during the early days of the internet.
In 1997, Fung established the technology crime unit within police force, which he managed until 2004 and which investigated serious cases of cyber stalking, copyright infringement, online bank fraud and other web-bases crimes. Fung, who rose to senior inspector rank, also set up an online intelligence unit that carried out crime-trend analysis, threat assessment and technology advisory for senior management.
Before joining the banking sector with Stan Chart in 2015, Fung worked for cyber-security consultancy Stroz Friedberg in Hong Kong for just over a year. Prior to that he spent about nine years at Microsoft, latterly as a senior digital-crime unit manager for Asia Pacific, according to his profile.
Fung’s background as a developer, stint in the police force, experience at a major tech firm, consultancy job, and senior banking role at Stan Chart gave him the “perfect CV” for the OCBC position, says an IT headhunter in Singapore.
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