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RSA taps former ATO cyber security chief to lead local advisory team

RSA taps former ATO cyber security chief to lead local advisory team

Appoints Leonard Kleinman as chief cyber security advisor for Asia Pacific and Japan

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RSA cyber security advisor APJ - Leonard Kleinman

RSA cyber security advisor APJ - Leonard Kleinman

RSA has appointed former ATO cyber security advisor, Leonard Kleinman, as its new chief cyber security advisor for Asia Pacific and Japan.

The company said Kleinman will work with executives and business stakeholders to “make security a strategic priority that translates into business value.” In his new role, he will be based in Canberra and will focus on government customers.

“Cyber security is no longer an issue for IT teams alone – with increased cyber threats and subsequent expenditure, as well as the wider implications of security breaches for businesses and their customers, executives and boards are asking more questions than ever before about preventing and managing cyber attacks,” said Kleinman.

“I look forward to working with government and businesses in in the APJ region to strengthen their security posture and align their security strategies with broader business objectives,” he said.

Prior to joining RSA, Kleinman worked in senior roles in IT security at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), including governance and risk, compliance, and the IT security advisor role.

In his most recent role as senior director of the ATO's Vulnerability Management and Research team (VMR), he contributed to the development, implementation, and review of cyber security strategy.

His focus areas included specialist advice and policy on a range of business and technical activities, strategic and operational planning, service provider engagement, contingency and incident response, and threat intelligence.

“Len has an enormous amount of experience in security both in government departments and commercial businesses. This experience is invaluable as it provides a unique insight into how public and private sectors can work together to build a more secure future for government, businesses and citizens,” said RSA vice president of APJ, Nigel Ng.

Kleinman is also the current branch executive for the Canberra chapter of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and a member of the Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance.

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