An experienced public speaker, he has given keynote talks at some of the UK’s largest tech events, in addition to hosting conferences and chairing panels at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival.
I have been involved in the Information Security industry since 2007, Prior to this I concentrated on Active Directory and Client build designs, but was more an advisor for varying technology projects in the broadcast industry.
I became the Head of Information Security (Acting) at the a major television broadcaster at the beginning of 2011, and eventually left to join another major UK broadcaster in Dec 2011 where I presently hold the title of Chief Information Security Officer.
I’d like to think i’m a pragmatic individual with the capacity to listen to peoples requirements and find the middle ground between functionality and security, I’ve spoken on many occasions both in the UK and around the world on Cyber Security and the industry.
A specialist in information & cybersecurity, cloud services, technology risk and business resilience in a range of industries ( SaaS, Fintech, Retail, FTSE 100, Startups ) and geographies – from in-depth engineering to board-level.
Riyad is highly skilled information security and cybersecurity professional with remarkable experience in the banking sector. Currently, Riyad is head of information security, IT Governance and business continuity at INVESTBANK group where he had successfully established the security function and restructured the IT Governance and business continuity functions. He played the major role in promoting the security governance at the bank by creating the security strategies, developing the security policies and procedures, establishing the executive information security steering committee and implementing the security program. Also, Riyad established the security infrastructure at INVESTBANK using risk-based approach and shaped the security culture by implementing mature security awareness program. Riyad plays key role of ensuring compliance with Central Bank of Jordan’s regulations and mandates including PCI DSS, Swift CSP, COBIT 2019 framework, and other regulatory requirements.
In addition, Riyad is responsible for managing INVESTBANK’s business continuity program according to ISO 22301 standard. He created the business continuity steering committee to oversee progress of business continuity efforts at INVESTBANK group, restructured the business continuity and recovery plans, established the business continuity site in addition to other duties in cooperation with the operational risk department. Riyad maintains strong relationship at executive and board levels by maintaining active membership in many of the executive and board committees in all domains under his responsibilities.
Previously, Riyad held the position of IT Security assistant manager at Arab Bank where he was responsible for managing the IT security operations for Arab Bank plc globally. He led the implementation of cutting edge security technologies to secure AB data centers worldwide. Besides his technical responsibilities, he worked with the management to establish the strategic plans for the department, manage the security budgets, create and maintain the IT security policies, procedures and work processes, develop the team competencies an promote IT Security at time of establishing the role in 2008.
Apart from his work duties, Riyad delivers professional training in cybersecurity and security management and write exam questions for CISM (ISACA). He maintains active membership in many professional organizations such as ISACA, ISC2, Project Management Institute, DRI and other professional organizations.
A senior level information technology professional with over twenty five years of international experience in consulting, functional and multinational IT companies in both the sales and technical areas. Expertise in providing strategic business change, hands-on leadership; new product and service innovation. Extensive experience in the definition and implementation of technology solutions across all major industry sectors.
Specialties: US and EMEA markets; IT Risk and Security from operational and vendor side; MSS; Consulting; presenting at public conferences; PR experience in Press, TV and radio; Government liaison;M&A identification and integration.
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