US-Singapore Cyber & Tech Security Virtual Series Session #1: Cybersecurity Threats & Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

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17 November, 2020

November 17, 2020 (US) | November 18, 2020 (Singapore)

Starting at 4:00 pm (HST) | 10:00 am (SST)
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Live online via Zoom.

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Benjamin Ang
Senior Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS)

Cristin Flynn Goodwin
Assistant General Counsel for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust

Moderated by Crystal Pryor, Director of Non-proliferation, Technology,
and Fellowships at Pacific Forum

About the Event

This session examines the prevalence of cyber threats in the Indo-Pacific region based on some of the high-profile cyber-attacks and data leaks, as well as advanced persistent threat campaigns. It will assess the growing prominence of information warfare, especially in the current pandemic. The session will highlight the most common tactics, techniques and procedures used by malicious actors, and the countermeasures that governments and the private sector have undertaken to fortify their cyber defenses in the emerging data-driven economy. This session will then examine the role played by the US and Singapore in enhancing regional cybersecurity as well as clarify the points of convergence and divergence between Singapore and the US to improve future cooperation.

This event is Session 1 of Pacific Forum’s United States-Singapore Cyber & Tech Security Virtual Series, held with support from the U.S. Embassy Singapore.

About the Speakers


Benjamin Ang is a Senior Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at RSIS. He leads the Cyber and Homeland Defence Programme of CENS, which explores policy issues around the cyber domain, international cyber norms, cyber threats and conflict, strategic communications and disinformation, law enforcement technology and cybercrime, smart city cyber issues, and national security issues in disruptive technology.

Prior to this, he had a multi-faceted career that included time as a litigation lawyer arguing commercial cases, IT Director and General Manager of a major Singapore law firm, corporate lawyer specialising in technology law and intellectual property issues, in house legal counsel in an international software company, Director-Asia in a regional technology consulting firm, in-house legal counsel in a transmedia company, and senior law lecturer at a local Polytechnic, specialising in data privacy, digital forensics, and computer misuse and cybersecurity.

Benjamin graduated from Law School at the National University of Singapore and has an MBA and MS-MIS (Masters of Science in Management Information Systems) from Boston University. He is qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and was a Certified Novell Network Administrator back in the day. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Internet Society Singapore Chapter.


Cristin Flynn Goodwin is the Assistant General Counsel for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust at Microsoft. She has been Microsoft’s Lead Counsel for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), and since 2015 has specialized in adversary incidents, helping protect over a billion customers around the world. She also provides counsel to the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) on operational issues. Goodwin advises on a range of cybersecurity and cybercrime policy issues, and provides legal counsel to Microsoft’s Government Security Program (GSP) which provides governments with a structured, legal means to access source code and affirm there are no back doors in Microsoft products or services, as well as to share information about threats and vulnerabilities.

This event is held with support from the U.S. Embassy Singapore. For inquiries, please contact