Meet Faris Zainal: Our New PKI Specialist for the Asia Pacific Region

Date: 2023-04-06
Author: Yvonne Moebius, Versasec Human Resources

Today, I am excited to introduce our newest team member, Faris Zainal, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization. With 10 years of experience in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Faris brings a technical background in setting up PKI with products from major players such as Nexus and Entrust. He has helped different government representatives become more secure by introducing digital signatures.

Faris currently resides in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. In particular, he enjoys the multicultural environment there. He is glad to meet people from various countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India. What’s more, he loves the fact that there is no traffic congestion in the area, making it easy to walk or drive to work.

Our new hire is particularly drawn to Versasec for its international platform, diverse team of professionals, and global perspective. Working at Versasec he’s motivated by the challenges he sees in the region.

“As the technology landscape evolves in Southeast Asia, we are witnessing a shift away from traditional hardware tokens. However, it’s important to note that strong security measures don’t have to be compromised as a result of this shift. One promising solution lies in the use of virtual credentials based on Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology. Both Windows Hello for Business (WHfB) and Versasec Virtual Credentials offer easily accessible options for those seeking this type of secure authentication.

To fully leverage these solutions, however, it’s crucial that we continue to educate the market on the benefits of virtual credentials and TPM technology. By doing so, we can help organizations better understand the value of these solutions and how they can be integrated into their existing security strategies.”

From PKI Specialist to Technical Consultant

In his new role, Faris will be leading our Asia Pacific Region team as Technical Consultant, alongside Paul Rajkumar, Business Development Engineer. Paul states, “we are thrilled to welcome Faris to the Versasec family. His extensive experience in Certificate Authorities brings valuable expertise. Faris will play a key role in determining customer requirements and assisting them to set up and adopt the best PKI solutions. We look forward to working with him to provide our customers with exceptional service.”

Exploring Asia with Family: Faris’ Passion for Travel and Culture

Outside of work, Faris enjoys traveling with his family around Asia. Discovering the energy and rich culture of places like Bali in Indonesia and Thailand. They recently took a trip to Japan, to explore Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Experiencing snow was one highlight, which contrasted with Malaysia’s proximity to the equator. In Malaysia, temperatures range from 16 to 24 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Last but not least, we are excited to have Faris. And, are confident that he will play a key role in driving our organization to even greater success. Faris believes, “One will not grow without facing challenges. A challenge can define your path in life and in business.” Let’s give him a warm welcome to the team!


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