Philip Hung Cao

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.


Philip Hung Cao (aka #tekfarmer), MSCS, ZTX-I, CCISO, CISM, CCSP, CCSK, CASP, GICSP, PCNSE is a Strategist, Advisor, Contributor, Educator and Motivator. He’s also a Cyber & Zero Trust Evangelist. He has 21 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 President, (ISC)² HCMC Chartering Chapter; Co-founder & Vice Chairman, ISACA HCMC Chapter Formation Committee; Co-founder of #CISOClubVN; Board Advisor of CyberKid Vietnam… He’s also a keynote speaker at TEDxHUS and other top industry conferences, as well as Creator & Host at Ask Me Anything: CYBER.

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

Contributions and Dedications

• Philip Hung Cao constantly contributes his time, knowledge and efforts to Community.
– You can see all of his contributions listed here:
October 2013 – Present
Contributor, Educator and Motivator
• Philip Hung Cao constantly contributes his time, knowledge and efforts to University.
– You can see all of his contributions listed here:
October 2013 – Present

Key Projects and Highlights

Ask Me Anything: CYBER
Creator & Host
• Ask Me Anything: CYBER is a real-world experience show created and hosted by Philip Hung Cao (aka @TekFarmer) to promote Cybersecurity in Vietnam.
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– Official page on Facebook:
– Official TV channel on YouTube:
November 2021 – Present
(ISC)² HCMC Chartering Chapter
Co-founder, Vice President & Secretary Chair
• Philip Hung Cao founded (ISC)² HCMC Chartering Chapter in October 2021, with the other co-founders: Robert Trong Tran (President) & Tran Ngoc Minh (Vice President).
– Official page on LinkedIn:
– Official page on Facebook:
October 2021 – Present
Motivational Speaker
• Philip Hung Cao was on the stage of TEDxHUS on October 30, 2021 to deliver a speech about the Role and Value of Cybersecurity in The Next Normal.
– Original post:
October 30, 2021
CyberKid Vietnam
Board Advisor
• Philip Hung Cao became a Member of Advisory Board for CyberKid Vietnam in December 2020.
– Official website:
December 2020 – Present
• Philip Hung Cao co-founded CISO Club Vietnam (#CISOClubVN) in December 2016, with the mission to build the next-generation Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in Vietnam.
December 2016 – Present
• #PHC//Audio is founded by Philip Hung Cao ( in May 2016. This is dedicated to his passion of so-called “low-end” Audio.
– Official website:
May 2016 – Present
Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam (#CSAVietnam)
Key-founder & Advisor
• Philip Hung Cao founded Cloud Security Alliance, Vietnam (#CSAVietnam) in September 2015, with the 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.
– Official website:
September 2015 – Present
ISACA HCMC Chapter, Formation Committee
Co-founder & Vice Chairman
• Philip Hung Cao co-founded ISACA HCMC Chapter, Formation Committee in August 2015.
August 2015 – Present
• SEC1® is founded by Philip Hung Cao ( in December 2013. This is dedicated to his passion of CyberSecurity.
December 2013 – Present
• is founded by Philip HungCao ( 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.
– Official website:
May 2012 – Present


EC-Council University
• Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS): Executive Leadership in Information Assurance2019
Stanford University
• 2019 – Cyber Security and Executive Strategy
• 2016 – Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate (SACS)
2016 – 2019


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

“1st Prize” of IBM developerWorks Contest in Vietnam03 | 2011
“2nd Prize” and “The Best Performance Prize” from FPT Distribution Music Contest in Vietnam04 | 2016

Groups and Associations

Member of International Society of Automation (ISA)09 | 2016
Member of Advisory Council for IT Leader Club06 | 2016
Member of Board of Judges for ASEAN CIO|CSO Awards 2016 by IDG03 | 2016
Member of Board of Judges & Advisory Council for ASEAN CIO|CSO Awards 2015 by IDG04 | 2015
Member of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)01 | 2015
Member of IASA06 | 2014
Member of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)03 | 2014
Member of ISACA Singapore Chapter10 | 2012
Member of Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)02 | 2012
Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)01 | 2012
Member of Advisory Council for ASEAN CSO Awards 2011 by IDG09 | 2011
Premier Member of VMware CxO Corner07 | 2011
Member of Microsoft CIO Network07 | 2011
Member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Current level: Gold06 | 2011
Member of J-Partner Consultant Program (Juniper Networks)05 | 2011
Honorary Member of CertCollection05 | 2011
Member of Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA)01 | 2008
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