Singtel names Arthur Wong as cyber security chief

James Pearce
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Former HPE, Symantec and McAfee exec Wong joins Singtel as CEO of global cyber security in a newly-created role

Singtel has named Arthur Wong as chief executive office for global cyber security in a newly-created role that will see him report directly to enterprise chief Bill Chang.

Wong joins the Singaporean operator from end-to-end IT services provider DXC Technology where he was SVP and general manager of its cyber security arm. Before DXC, he worked at HPE, and has also held roles as CEO of IronKey and Right90.

He brings significant experience of the security industry having held roles at McAfee Security, and a seven-year stint holding a variety of roles at Symantec.

“Today’s enterprises face enormous security challenges across their organisations as digital transformation has expanded the need for security, continuity and resilience. As part of the dynamic cyber security team at Singtel, I look forward to building up its capabilities to be a leading global security player,” said Wong.

As an entrepreneur, Mr Wong founded and led five start-ups. These include IT security companies such as Secure Networks and SecurityFocus, which have been successfully acquired by other investors.

His appointment comes as Singtel increases its focus on cyber security as a key driver for growth. Cyber security revenues grew 84% to S$473 million in the year ended March 2017 and expected to grow to around S$550 million this financial year, the company said.

“We are very pleased to bring Art on board as we step up efforts to drive growth in our cyber security business,” Chang said. “This newly-created position reflects our commitment to scaling the Group’s cyber business and accelerating our journey to becoming a global leader in the cyber security space. Art’s wealth of industry experience will help us optimise our cyber security assets and sharpen our business unit’s focus.”