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Mr. Kooliyankal is an exuberant Information Security professional with 20 years of experience in the Information Technology and Cyber Security arena. In the role as Global Head of Information Security/Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), he drives the Information security and business continuity programs at ADS Holding/ADS Securities, one of the most prestigious organizations in the region. Before joining ADS Securities, he was serving Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (ETISALAT) for more than 15 years in Information Security, Business Continuity, IT Infrastructure, and network domains.
Mr. Kooliyankal is one of the champions of Cyber Security with in depth knowledge on technology and business domains. He professionally grown up with deep level technical experience, which helped in driving and managing organization wide information security program aligned with business strategy. Being one of the best and foremost experts in the region with demonstrable ISO 27001 (International Standard for Cyber/Information Security) experience, he successfully implemented the framework in live and complicated environments. His practical expertise includes Cyber Security, Information Security, IT Management, Business Continuity, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Framework and COBIT (IT Governance).
He has transformed organizations to optimized Information security maturity level from literally non-existent status. His approach is holistic in nature, by defining foolproof processes; designing and implementing required technologies and educating the users (through comprehensive awareness program).
A strategic thinker, who brings, out of the box and proactive initiatives towards protection of organization and its assets, Mr. Illyas has developed and implemented effective information security management system for telecom and financial sectors. He is an excellent negotiator and well respected professional with highly influential stakeholder management skills, which includes senior executives. As a Project initiator and leader, effectively implemented ITIL, COBIT and ISO 27001 framework in an integrated fashion to support each other and ensured an effective and continually improved information security & service management system in alignment with business.
Mr. Illyas is an professional with up to date and advanced knowledge in his field, ratified by relevant IT, Information Security and Auditing Certifications like ITIL Service Manager and ITIL Expert (IT Service Management), CISSP, CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISA (Certified Information System Auditor), CBCI (Business Continuity), CRISC (Risk Management), CGEIT (IT Governance), and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor etc. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
He was the Co Chair and Speaker at the Chief Information Security Officer Summit 2011 in USA. Considering his passion and inventive approaches, EC Council, USA nominated Mr. Illyas to the Board of Directors of their CISO Summits. He has been elected as one of the few from UAE, to become the Member of Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) based on his expertise and experience in the field.
He is a reputed speaker who was a major contributor in various international conferences across the world, including GITEX Dubai, CIO Event UK, Secure Asia Malaysia, CISO Summit USA, Internet Show ME, CIO SHOW Singapore etc. Mr. Kooliyankal won many awards for his excellent professional career, which includes the prestigious Middle East CISO of the Year 2013/14, Crystal Award from Emirates Airlines-ISACA, KERA Outstanding Achiever and World Excellency Award in Information Security. He won outstanding employee award from Etisalat & ADX on multiple occasions. He is now being selected as the Finalist for the Global CISO Award from EC Council.[H5]Illyas Kooliyankal