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Face to watch in 2019: David Koh, Singapore's cyber-security czar

Mr David Koh's appointment in August came with the enactment of Singapore's Cybersecurity Act.
Mr David Koh's appointment in August came with the enactment of Singapore's Cybersecurity Act.

Mr David Koh, 52, is Singapore's cyber-security czar. His appointment in August came with the enactment of Singapore's Cybersecurity Act, which empowers him to seize computers to obtain confidential information from local organisations to investigate suspected cyber attacks.

The law could not have come at a better time. This year, Singapore faced its biggest data breach - one involving 1.5 million patients' personal information.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'David Koh, Singapore's cyber-security czar '. Print Edition | Subscribe