09-Feb-2018 Hacking It in Cybersecurity Page ContentCybersecurity is the global buzzword these days and with technology integrated in our everyday lives, privacy and data security will become increasingly critical. Vincent Seah, who is a Cyber Security Governance Manager at Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), has experienced various types of cyber threats in the past 10 years. “The landscape has changed rapidly in recent years. Cyber ‘terrorists’ are getting smarter, and we need to be on our toes to stay ahead of them. In healthcare, data and systems security is especially critical. As Singapore’s technology agency for healthcare, we need to ensure that patient records are protected and the systems at our healthcare institutions are secure, so that patient care is not compromised.”A career in healthcare technology though, was not part of Vincent’s plan. Armed with a degree in Business Administration from Boston University upon graduation, he was all set to embark on a career in the finance industry. Then, a friend who was in IT security advisory and consultancy piqued his interest, and recommended that Vincent joined him at Ernst and Young. Subsequently, he made the move to healthtech. Vincent is now part of IHiS’ Cyber Security Governance team that develops cybersecurity policies and standards for public healthcare. A typical day at work for the 34-year-old involves evaluating the latest security technologies, to find the best solutions that defend against sophisticated cyberattacks. He also works with other IHiS IT engineers, to ensure that public healthcare systems are secure and resilient at all times. He has recently embarked on several nascent projects, such as precision medicine and robotics, and is mind-boggled and intrigued by the medical aspects that he has been exposed to – for example, how genomes can be used to predict someone’s health issues in future.Vincent makes it a point to stay on top of his game by attending internationally recognised courses to upskill himself every year. Last year, Vincent completed a course on risk management and improving organisational resiliency, and another on organising IT resources to achieve efficiency. Recently, he completed his Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) certification in his free time. The certification is backed by (ISC)2, the globally recognised gold standard in information security certification and Vincent is one of only two people in Singapore to be awarded this certification till date. What keeps him going, Vincent shares, is knowing that his efforts in keeping Singapore’s public healthcare systems secure will ultimately benefit everyone. For more information on careers at IHiS, please click here.