David Koh

Chief Executive of Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore

    Mr David Koh is concurrently the Commissioner of Cybersecurity, Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore; and the Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

    As a Commissioner, he has the legal authority to investigate cyber threats and incidents to ensure that essential services are not disrupted in the event of a cyber-attack. Concurrently, as Chief Executive of CSA, he leads Singapore’s efforts to provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions. These include enforcing the cybersecurity legislation, strategy and policy development, cyber security operations, ecosystem development, public outreach and international engagement.

    As the Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief of MINDEF, he is responsible for leading and coordinating cyber defence policy, capability development, and operations for Singapore’s defence cluster. This includes MINDEF, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the defence technology community, defence industry partners, and MINDEF-related organisations.

    Mr Koh also sits on the Boards of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and DSO National Laboratories (DSO), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Cyber Security Advisory Panel as well as the Public Utilities Board (PUB)’s Board Risk Management Committee.

    Prior to his current appointments, Mr Koh served in the SAF and has held various command and staff appointments in MINDEF and the SAF. He was most recently the Deputy Secretary (Technology), overseeing acquisition, technology and logistics issues for MINDEF and the SAF.

    His awards include the recipient of the first Billington CyberSecurity International Leadership Award, Public Administration Medal – Gold, the Public Administration Medal – Silver (Military), the Public Administration Medal – Bronze (Military), and the Commendation Medal (Military).

    Mr Koh has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from King’s College, London, UK.

    He and his wife, Marlene, have three children, Daniel, Rachel and Michael.