Experts at Cybersecurity Forum organised by ASTRI urge enterprises to “get stronger cyber-defence not only for survival, but also for growth”

[Hong Kong, 18 April 2019] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) organised the ‘Cybersecurity Forum: The Next-Gen Defence against Cyber-Threats on the second day of the Internet Economy Summit 2019.

Cybersecurity is a key concern in the digital era – that is the inevitable way of life for individuals and businesses alike. The forum explored tools and strategies for better preparedness in that context – including regulatory and compliance issues, professional approach to cybersecurity, securing cloud and other trusted services, and safeguarding businesses against increasingly sophisticated cyber-crimes.

In his welcome remark, Dr Martin Szeto, Chief Operating Officer of ASTRI, said, “As a major global economic hub, Hong Kong must safeguard its financial activities and assets, to drive future growth and prosperity. We can secure our valuable information, processes and systems by building a strong pipeline of cybersecurity research, applications and talents.”

Dr Lucas Hui, ASTRI’s Senior Director of Security and Data Sciences presented an overview of Cyberscecurity – followed by four eminent experts from Hong Kong, Mainland and overseas – and shared views and insights on the all-encompassing cybersecurity landscape and ecosystem. The other speakers were: Mr Stefan Eigler, Practice Leader Mastering Risk & Compliance of TÜV Rheinland; Ms Samantha Alexander, Principal Accreditor of the global cybersecurity certification body CREST; Dr Qingni Shen, Professor and Vice Director of the Department of Cybersecurity in Peking University, and Dr Frank Law, Senior Superintendent of the Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force.

The speakers later took part in a panel discussion – joined by Mr Teddy Ko, Managing Director of Singapore Telecom Hong Kong; Mr Frankie Li, Security Analyst of Dragon Advance Tech Consulting; and Mr Wilson Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation. The panellists had an interactive sharing with the audience, discussing tactics for businesses to embrace modern cybersecurity challenges.

Well over 200 tech experts, public and private sector representatives, aspiring entrepreneurs and investors participated in the forum. Hosted by ASTRI, it was one of the thematic forums during the Internet Economy Summit 2019, which was organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and Cyberport.



ASTRI was set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Advanced Digital Systems, Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Intelligent Sensing Technology System, Intelligent Software and Systems, and Security and Data Sciences. Our R&D strategic focus covers five areas of applications: Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Health Technologies, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits through our mandate as the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC).

ASTRI organised the ‘Cybersecurity Forum: The Next-Gen Defence against Cyber-Threats’ on the second day of the Internet Economy Summit 2019