[People] Hwang Soo-hoon assumes office as new chief of National Security Research Institute

[People] Hwang Soo-hoon assumes office as new chief of National Security Research Institute

By Dain Oh, The Readable
Nov. 15, 2023 7:35PM GMT+9

Hwang Soo-hoon, a former director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), took office at the National Security Research Institute (NSR) as the new chief on Wednesday, beginning a three-year term.

Hwang Soo-hoon, the head of the National Security Research Institute. Source: The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute

In a press release on November 15, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced that it appointed Hwang to the head of the NSR. The NSR is an affiliate of the ETRI that specializes in information security.

Hwang served in the national security watchdog agency for 25 years while sharing his expertise with the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) as a committee member and the NSR as an adviser. Prior to joining the NIS, Hwang worked as a full-time researcher with KT, formerly “Korea Telecom,” from 1990 to 1994.

Hwang graduated from Kyungpook National University in 1988, and received a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1990.


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Dain Oh is a distinguished journalist based in South Korea, recognized for her exceptional contributions to the field. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Readable, she has demonstrated her expertise in leading media outlets to success. Prior to establishing The Readable, Dain was a journalist for The Electronic Times, a prestigious IT newspaper in Korea. During her tenure, she extensively covered the cybersecurity industry, delivering groundbreaking reports. Her work included exclusive stories, such as the revelation of incident response information sharing by the National Intelligence Service. These accomplishments led to her receiving the Journalist of the Year Award in 2021 by the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology, a well-deserved accolade bestowed upon her through a unanimous decision. Dain has been invited to speak at several global conferences, including the APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions, which was funded by the U.S. State Department. Additionally, she is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, further exhibiting her commitment to journalism.