Mei Hui Tan, Cyber Security Specialist, Cyber Security Group, GovTech, Singapore

By Medha Basu

Women in GovTech Special Report 2019.

How do you use technology/policy to improve citizens’ lives? Tell us about your role or organisation.

I am from the Cyber Security Group (CSG) in GovTech. My work here at CSG is very dynamic. I am involved in the design, implementation, operationalisation and thought leadership of cyber security operations across the Whole-of-Government.

For security operations, we have teams that are performing security monitoring around the clock. I work closely with government ministries and agencies for their security operations and monitoring.

What has been the most exciting thing that you worked on in 2019?

I enjoy applying my technical knowledge to solve problems, and making my own contribution to the overall growth and security of the nation. This year, I also had the opportunity to join the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) Cybersecurity Career Mentoring Programme, where I mentored students about IT and cybersecurity.

Additionally, as a member of the SCS Infocomm Security Chapter’s Executive Committee, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

What is the best thing you have experienced in your career?

During the course of my work, I have been able to work and interact with different groups of people from various disciplines – I am very grateful for this.

If you were to share one piece of advice that you learned in 2019, what would it be?

My one advice would be to never stop learning. I strive to be more open to different perspectives and to move out of my comfort zone. Advancements in tech and applications to cyber security are ever-changing, and cyber threats too are continually evolving. To combat this, we need to be on our toes, and must always keep up with the latest news and tools.

What tool or technique particularly interests you for 2020?

In 2020, I wish to take a deeper dive into AI and machine learning. These were also my areas of research during my PhD. A lot has changed in the past few years, and I am keen to learn more and drive development in these areas.

What are your priorities for 2020?

I am excited to spend more time driving the integration of new technologies with the work I do.

What is one challenge you would like to take on in 2020?

I’m excited to dive into data science and apply it to my work in the coming year.

What has been your fondest memory from the past year?

This past year, I had the chance to work with the most wonderful team and collaborators as the lead staffer on a major ministerial meeting. The late nights we had bouncing off ideas and working hard together were very memorable.