I'm very proud to say that ISACA has awarded me the CISM Geographic Achievement Award for the Asia Region!
This particular award is presented for achieving the second highest exam score in Asia for the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) tests - and before you ask, yes, there were more than two people in Asia taking it!!!
I decided to take the exam as the ISACA certification is one of the best internationally-recognised standards focused on the management side of international information security practices - i.e. how to design, implement, oversee and evaluate a company's information security.
Assuming you pass the exam, to get the CISM certification (which I did shortly afterwards), you have to provide evidence and references to prove you've got at least 5 years' management-level work - which I have from safeguarding data for some of the world's largest retailers at cloud software company Workplace.
Information security doesn't have to be about big businesses, lengthy procedures and committees deliberating things like "compliance" and "governance". Information security is essential for every business- especially startups where timescales are so short and staff are often less experienced. There are simple, practical and easy steps you can take to protect your business from harm, and to give your customers and investors confidence that you're in control of your risks.
It's an important topic so I'm going to produce a future blog post about it. But right now, I'm going to go and polish my award before putting it on a dusty shelf next to my 25m swimming certificate...