Philip Hung Cao (aka #tekfarmer), MSCS, ZTX-I, CCISO, CISM, CCSP, CCSK, CASP, GICSP, PCNSE is a Strategist, Advisor, Contributor, Educator and Motivator. He has 20 years’ experience in IT/Cybersecurity industry in various sectors & positions.

  • One of the very first few people on the globe that were certified by Forrester as Zero Trust Strategist (ZTX-I): to-date, the first Vietnamese on the globe, in August 2019
  • The 1st Vietnamese featured on EC-Council Elite Members’ Wall for C|CISO, as an inspiration to others in the industry and community, in August 2019
  • The 5th in ASEAN and 1st person in Vietnam to achieve Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) from (ISC)² in May 2016
  • The 1st person in Vietnam to achieve Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) from Cloud Security Alliance in April 2014

Philip is actively participating in global ICT/Cybersecurity associations such as (ISC)², IEEE, ISACA, IAPP, ISA, IASA, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and constantly driving cybersecurity activities across Southeast Asia countries in recent years. He’s also participating in Vietnam ICT/Cybersecurity associations such as: Member of Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA) since 2008; Board of Advisors (2011) & Member Board of Judges (2015, 2016, 2017) for ASEAN CIO/CSO Awards by IDG; Co-founder & Advisor, Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam Community (#CSAVietnam); Co-founder & Vice Chairman, ISACA HCMC Chapter Formation Committee; Co-founder of #CISOClubVN; Board Advisor of CyberKid Vietnam…

Philip graduated from EC-Council University with a degree of Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS): Executive Leadership in Information Assurance, and held an Advanced Computer Security Certificate from Stanford University. He can be reached anytime at or


Cyberkid Vietnam
Board Advisor
December 2020 – Present

@PhilipHungCao became a Member of Advisory Board for CyberKid Vietnam in December 2020.

December 2016 – Present

@PhilipHungCao co-founded CISO Club Vietnam (#CISOClubVN) in December 2016, with mission to build the next-generation Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in Vietnam.

May 2016 – Present

#PHC//Audio is founded by @PhilipHungCao ( in May 2016. This is dedicated to his passion of so-called “low-end” Audio.

Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam (#CSAVietnam)
Key-founder & Advisor
September 2015 – Present

@PhilipHungCao founded Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam (#CSAVietnam) in September 2015, with two other co-founders: Son Ho & Khoi Ngo.

Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam (#CSAVietnam) is an Open & Developing Community under Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), with mission to:

• Promote the adoption and application of cloud technologies and cloud security technologies innovations in Vietnam.
• Create a special task force to help organisations adopt CSA best practices for the security assurance of Cloud Computing to secure their cloud computing projects and initiatives.
• Localize and facilitate the adoption of CSA Global research papers and guidelines to Vietnam market.
• Organise activities to help the local security community to keep abreast with the latest Cloud Security technology.
• Awareness and promotion of the Cloud Security education and certification, including CSA CCSK.

ISACA HCMC Chapter, Formation Committee
Co-founder & Vice Chairman
August 2015 – Present

@PhilipHungCao co-founded ISACA HCMC Chapter, Formation Committee in August 2015.

December 2013 – Present

SEC1® is founded by @PhilipHungCao ( in December 2013. This is dedicated to his passion of CyberSecurity.
May 2012 – Present is founded by @PhilipHungCao ( in May 2012. He is a rockfan/rocker with a very deep passion of more than 25-years for Rock n’ Roll. He is well-known with Rock Community in Vietnam with his nickname, KurtOfDeath (K.O.D), since his first role as Moderator for the first online Vietnamese Rock Community: RockCafe.vze

Philip started to build website that contributed to Rock since 1998 with Magic Lyrics on Yahoo Geocities, then he changed to in 2001. It was one of the first online music sharing & listening website in Vietnam at that time. At peak, it reached #80,000 on Alexa Rating with thousands of online users. Unfortunately, closed in 2004 due to personal reason.

He decided to go back with his newest project for Rock,, in 2012.


EC-Council University
• 2019 – Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS): Executive Leadership in Information Assurance

Stanford University
• 2019 – Cyber Security and Executive Strategy
• 2016 – Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate (SACS)


Microsoft Virtual Academy

• Security for the Chief Security Officer (CSO)


• Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Ingram Micro Asia

• Palo Alto Networks: Firewall Installation, Configuration and Management (PAN-EDU-201)
• Motorola Solutions: Design and Deploy WLAN Solutions (AAL2301)
• Arbor Networks: Pravail NSI Sales & Technical Module
• Cisco Systems: Collaboration Partner SE Boot Camp
• Cisco Systems: UCS Advanced Technical Training
• Cisco Systems: VXI Implementation
• Hitachi NAS Platform: Installation & Maintenance (TCI2035)
• Hitachi NAS Platform: Administration & Operations (TCI2102)
• Palo Alto Networks: CNSE Boot Camp
• Cisco Systems: UCS & Nexus Integration
• Cisco Systems: Unified Data Center Accelerated Workshop
• Cisco Systems: Cisco ASA CX and PRSM Technical Training
• Cisco Systems: Cisco Unified Computing System for Implementation Professionals v5.0 (UCS-IP)

Avnet Technology Solutions (Vietnam)

• Motorola DPM Training (EDUADC401)
• IBM Power Systems & System Storage Technical Symposium 2011

Independent Coursework

• Stanford University: Computer Science 101 (CS101)
• SNIA Storage Network Foundations (S10-101)

Honors and Awards

• 03/2011 – “1st Prize” of IBM developerWorks Contest in Vietnam.
• 04/2006 – “2nd Prize” and “The Best Performance Prize” from FPT Distribution Music Contest in Vietnam.

Groups and Associations

• 09/2016 – Member of International Society of Automation (ISA).
• 06/2016 – Member of Advisory Council for IT Leader Club.
• 03/2016 – Member of Board of Judges for ASEAN CIO|CSO Awards 2016 by IDG.
• 04/2015 – Member of Board of Judges & Advisory Council for ASEAN CIO|CSO Awards 2015 by IDG.
• 01/2015 – Member of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
• 06/2014 – Member of IASA.
• 03/2014 – Member of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
• 10/2012 – Member of ISACA Singapore Chapter.
• 02/2012 – Member of Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).
• 01/2012 – Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
• 09/2011 – Member of Advisory Council for ASEAN CSO Awards 2011 by IDG.
• 07/2011 – Premier Member of VMware CxO Corner.
• 07/2011 – Member of Microsoft CIO Network.
• 06/2011 – Member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Current level: Gold
• 05/2011 – Member of J-Partner Consultant Program (Juniper Networks).
• 05/2011 – Honorary Member of CertCollection.
• 01/2008 – Member of Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA).

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2 thoughts on “Profile

  1. Hi Philip,

    I’ve just found your Vietnamese CCIE list by accident and saw my name there. Thank you very much for doing it. I’m also very impressed with your certifications. Keep up the good work.


    (My # is 3099)

    1. Dear John,

      My great pleasure to know you. Pls keep up your great achievement with CCIE as well. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

      Best regards,

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