Arab CISO Of The Year Award 2020

Arab CISO of the year will honor excellence in information security and cybersecurity technology companies, products and people.

Winners and Jury members will be honored at the awards ceremony that will be held on the second day of Arab Security Conference (7th of September 2020).

The Jury

Adel Abdel Moneim

Cyber Security Expert ITU - Arab Regional Cyber Security Center

Hossam El-Gamal

Chairman (Africa ICT Alliance)

Rouda Al-Amir Ali

Programme Officer at International Telecommunication Union.

Shatssy Hassan

Chief Security Officer at Commercial International Bank - CIB
  • Individual must have been performing a leadership role (Fulltime) in security domain for an organization as a CISO/ CSO/ VP/ Director/ Security head or equivalent.

  • Individual should be from public/private sector in the Middle East region.

  • Individual must be one executive who has contributed to the information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement and has promoted strong and innovative security practices.

This award is for Arab applicants only (Arab region)

  • Applications are free-of-charge and must be submitted before Wednesday 15th of  July 2020.

  • Submissions will only be accepted in the form of the official online application form. In case of duplicate application forms, the candidate may be excluded from the final selection process same will apply to incomplete application forms.

  • Applications must relate to business activities achieved by the candidate’s organization within the last 24 months.

  • Candidates are liable for obtaining necessary permissions to share their project achievements and knowledge and represent being entitled to share all information provided to the Jury.

  • Candidates are allowed to use and print the application’s information and related communications for evaluation and editorial purposes. Therefore, information that organizations or individuals do not want to make public should be clearly marked as private and confidential.

  • Candidates agree to allow Jury members to verify the information included in the application form directly and independently (including with referees and work supervisors).

  • Candidates must be present (or be represented) during the award ceremony to share their approach and agree to the use of their name and image for advertising and editorial purposes.

  • The finalists of the CISO of the Year Arab Award undertakes to share or display this information on/through his/her own media channels.

  • Candidates may be filmed during the event and pictures will be taken and published.

  • Jury members and the event organizer may process candidates’ data as necessary to organize and publicize this event. Data may be shared with sponsors and media channels. Candidates have the right to access and rectify their data by contacting the organizer.

  • No conflict of interest will be tolerated and no bribery attempt is possible.

  • The jury is composed of independent and impartial members, each of them being expert in security and bringing their extensive knowledge and experience to the selection process.

  • The jury will evaluate the candidates according to specific criteria and will value case studies more than commercial speeches.

The finalists will be announced on the 15th of July 2020

The awards ceremony will be held on the second day of the conference 7th of September 2020

Mr. Adel Abdel Moneim, Registered ITU-ARCC Cybersecurity Expert, has over 22 years of experience in the IT / Cyber Security fields, spending most of his career in Information Security Consultation and Training, IFSEC Global Influencer 2019" Thought Leader" Becoming the first Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) in Egypt (2008), it comes as no surprise that Adel has been awarded the Instructor of the year / Circle of Excellence awards from EC Council for Africa / Middle East regions eight times between 2008 and 2016.

Adel is an international certified trainer from ISC2, ISACA, EC-Council, PECB and CIW who has delivered hundreds of official training courses and workshops. He maintains an exceptional track record of excellent feedback throughout his course delivery, be it at multinational companies, academic / training entities or law enforcement / military institutions, in the areas of Pen-Test, Digital Forensics, Risk Assessment and Management, ISO Standards Implementation/Audit or Security Governance and Compliance.

Capitalizing on his proven expertise and hands on experience in executing security Governance, risk assessments, compliance, conducting security audits, assessing effectiveness of controls, ISMS, Data Privacy, Incident Response, Digital Forensics and Cyber Operation, Adel successfully provides consultation for large enterprise security projects in various government / industry verticals serving many reputable organizations and companies nationally, regionally and internationally.

In a strive to continually rise cyber security awareness, Adel has dedicated hundreds of hours to voluntary work, providing the governmental sector, NGOs and the technical communities with his experience and knowledge in the field. As a Public Speaker he is often requested to share his knowledge as a keynote speaker, at TV / Radio interviews, Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Furthermore, he contributed in preparing many proposals regarding cyber-crimes and data privacy protection laws in Egypt and the Arab World.

Hossam Elgamal has more than 25 years of professional experience in ICT both in private and public sectors. After founding and managing several successful IT companies he was asked to bring his expertise into public policy management being selected in 2013 and till Feb 2017 by the UN Secretary-General to become one of 9 Global Business Representatives among the 55 MAG members advising on The Internet Governance Forum He has been a board member of AFICTA www.aficta.org, since 2014 and till to-date contributing in making synergy between African nations ICT industries, and connecting with International ICT industry cloud and governing policies.

He was selected by the Egyptian Prime Minister in Dec 2015 and till May 2018 to chair the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center IDSC (www.idsc.gov.eg) with the purpose of supporting the Egyptian Cabinet with required information gathering, analysis and decision support recommendations with focus on inclusive Development mapping, citizen quality service and satisfaction, crisis management, early warning, monitoring and improvement, digital transformation, and creating societal credible link.
Finally, he was selected as an expert by the higher council for Egypt Digital Transformation to become a member of its advisory committee starting Jan 2018.

Hossam was the Vice-Chairman of Eitesal Association www.eitesal.org till May 2015 (the leading ICT Association) heading its executive office, advocating & boosting the industry business development, technical & entrepreneurship capabilities.

He was a member of the National Child Internet Safety Committee, contributing to better legislation, awareness, training and technology implementation.

Hossam is focused currently on achieving prosperity by capitalizing on technology transfer and localized creative projects serving 2030 SDGs. Within the private sector, he is continuing as a Leader and a serial entrepreneur and is currently a partner in Infort Egypt www.infort.co (previously its Managing Director) and partner in Telemed international www.telemedint.net

Mrs. Shatssy Hassan; the Chief Security Officer assumed her role in December 2014. She joined CIB as Head of Business Continuity in 2010, after which she assumed multiple roles including COO Business Support, until further appointed in her current role as CSO.

In her capacity, Mrs. Hassan is responsible to manage and oversee a number of functions including the Information Security Management, Security Operations Center, IT Security as well as Business Continuity Management. Mrs. Hassan has been leading the transformational roadmap of CIB’s Security since 2014 which has had significant value addition to the overall enhancement of the Security Posture of the bank including but not limited to establishing the Security Operations Center and transformation of the existing security infrastructure technologies. She has contributed into building the Business Continuity capabilities of the bank where CIB has been awarded twice from reputable Business Continuity global institutes such as DRII and BCI for effective response & recovery as well as team of the year awards.

Prior to joining CIB, Mrs. Hassan held the position of Business Information Security Officer in Citibank Egypt. Mrs. Hassan is a graduate of Cairo University – Faculty of Engineering since 2003, she has attended several leadership programs in top business schools including INSEAD and IMD and is also an alumni member in IMD.

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