UOB has recruited a senior information security expert from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as banks in the Republic look outside the finance sector to fill security-related roles.
Wenlong Wu was the head of IT security at NUS for two years until he joined UOB last month as executive director, information security and risk assessment, according to his online profile.
He was previously a director in the same field at another high-profile Singaporean institution, the CPF Board, where he worked between 2013 and 2015.
Banks in Singapore have been bolstering their IT security ranks this year, but poaching staff from each other is not always possible because the local talent pool is not large enough, say recruiters. The corporate and public sectors provide viable alternatives.
While Wu was plucked from a university, his previous career includes long stints at financial institutions.
He headed up IT security at Japan’s Shinsei Bank from 2007 to 2013, reporting to the CIO and managing security strategy and planning across the group. Prior to that, Wu was at AIA Singapore for seven years, latterly as head of IT security and technology risk management
“Finding strong IT security people is tough for banks in Asia. This guy has strong experience and some of it comes from banking, so it’s no surprised he was hired,” says Vince Natteri, director of IT headhunters Pinpoint Asia.
Demand for IT security professionals in Asia will further increase as banks seek security expertise to support the expansion of their technology and digital banking teams in the region, says Natteri.
UOB is currently hiring more technologists (including engineers, analysts, digital designers, architects, project managers and data scientists), Susan Hwee, head of group technology and operations, told us last month.
Its recent hires include Christopher Wee, who joined from Standard Chartered to focus on product development and digital partnerships for group wholesale banking.
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