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Privacy Matters: PDPA Thailand

On 1 June 2022 Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) was introduced in Thailand. At the time I was also tasked with the Data Protection Officer role of a Thai organization. This was in primarily to ensure that any personal data request were responded to in a timely fashion, whilst also Chairing the Privacy Committee in the efforts required for our organization to become compliant. To be complaint I had to… Read More »Privacy Matters: PDPA Thailand

Managing the Digital Frontier in 2024

As we step into 2024 I sat and pondered of what lies ahead for this year, those in the industry will undoubtedly know the landscape of cyber threats is ever evolving, presenting new challenges and opportunities for organizations worldwide. This year the importance of managing cyber risk has never been more critical. With the rapid pace of technological advancements, businesses need to stay vigilant and adopt proactive strategies to safeguard… Read More »Managing the Digital Frontier in 2024

Cyber Maturity Levels: South East Asia

Over the last six years I have worked in Thailand and in the South East Asian region one of the things that grabbed me is how the maturity of Cyber Security/Information Security programs in the region are so wildly different.  Whilst most of South-East Asia (SEA) countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines have some quite mature Data Protection Laws in place, mostly based on GDPR, some have only just been introduced like in… Read More »Cyber Maturity Levels: South East Asia

Why did I get into Cyber Security

When I first worked in “IT” 26 years ago (1998) I was in a large UK PC manufacturer in PC Support. The CIH virus, also known as the Chernobyl virus emerged and targeted Windows 95 and 98 systems. Created by Taiwanese student Chen Ing-Hau (CIH), it triggered on April 26th annually, coinciding with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster anniversary. CIH’s destructive payload erased data, corrupted hard drives, and even resulted in… Read More »Why did I get into Cyber Security

Welcome to my Blog!

Hello and welcome to my blog! Let me start by introducing myself; I am Charlie Soto a recognised Cyber Security expert with nearly three decades of experience in IT, Cyber Security and Information Security working for Mandiant now part of Google Cloud as a Principal Consultant for Professional Services in APJ providing Executive Services (vCISO, Programme Assessment and Tabletop Exercises).  I hold a Master’s of Science from the University of West… Read More »Welcome to my Blog!