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Profiles in Leadership: Mohamed Mostafa

'No Risk, No Business' Remains Guiding Mantra as CISO Drives Business Collaboration
Mohamed Mostafa, global CISO, Egyptian Arab Land Bank

"No risk, no business." As global CISO of Egyptian Arab Land Bank, Mohamed Mostafa says he regularly applies that maxim, which he learned from a prior boss, as he seeks to maximize his organization's security posture while working closely to collaborate with every line of business.

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This manifests as a relentless focus on collaboration and avoiding conflict, backed by mapping the company's controls to comply with differing regulations in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Mostafa discusses:

  • Proven techniques for fostering collaboration - and buy-in - from across the business, including the CIO;
  • Strategies for pursuing digital transformation in a secure manner;
  • The importance of creating and empowering a separate, internal controls and compliance team to review internal processes.

Mostafa serves as global CISO for EAL Bank. Previously, he served as head of information security for Qatar Islamic Bank, CISO for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Egypt and head of IT infrastructure for Suez Canal Bank and Egyptian American Bank.

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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