OC Queen Street makes strategic cyber and data protection appointment.

OC Queen Street has appointed a new consultant - Benjamin Ang - to bolster its growing cyber and data protection practice.

Joining as Special Counsel for Cyber Law & Policy, Benjamin is a lawyer, technologist, and cyber policy expert, whose areas of practice include intellectual property, data protection, technology law, and media. He has lectured for the Intellectual Property Academy (IPOS) on IP, spoken at regional data protection conferences, testified before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods, and presented papers at international cybersecurity policy meetings in Germany, Seoul (South Korea), and MIT (Boston, USA).

Benjamin is also Senior Fellow / Head of Cyber Homeland Defence at the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, a policy research think tank that examines national security issues in digital technologies, smart cities, disinformation, and cybercrime. He is a regular commentator on cybersecurity law and policy issues, and writes op-eds on topics including security issues of internet separation / shadow IT; encryption; cybersecurity legislation; smart nation cybersecurity; fake news; and bug bounties / white hat hackers.

Commenting on his appointment Benjamin Ang said: "It's an exciting time to undertake this role given the wider cyber security and data protection regulatory environment.  My work so far has included reviews of policy for cybersecurity, data protection, and deliberate online falsehoods (fake news), and I plan to bring this to bear with our clients in Singapore and globally."

Chia-Ling Koh, Managing Director of OC Queen Street, whose practice in Cybersecurity, AI and Fintech have been noted by Chambers, commented: "Cyber security and data protection are the cornerstones of any digital business or any digital transformation. It's not merely about encryption and patching IT systems. An organisation's cyber and data protection strategy requires an understanding of government policies and what governments are doing around the world."

"We continue to make strategic investments in our business. Benjamin's appointment is in response to increasing client demand for cyber security and data protection advice. He will add strength and depth to our growing international practice."

OC Queen Street launched a formal association with international legal practice Osborne Clarke in August 2016. Technology is at the heart of the firm, which has a dedicated international cyber security team and data protection team.  The cyber security team comprises specialist technology, privacy, regulatory, reputation management, criminal, IP and employment litigators and other lawyers. It has acted on some of the largest international cyber incidents to hit the news in recent years, and its expertise is therefore derived from hands-on experience in the most difficult and public of cases. Osborne Clarke's international data protection team work with clients to manage and resolve data protection law issues across the world's trickiest jurisdictions and equally to take advantage.

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