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Youssef ElMalty, Cyber Security, IBM

by Magda CHELLY July 14, 2017

Youssef ElMalty, Cyber Security, IBM

Youssef Elmalty is an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert specializing in cyber crime and defense.

Based out of Singapore, Youssef is currently the head of cybersecurity for IBM and provides thought leadership across multiple IBM Security Consulting & Delivery domains. This includes Security Strategy, Risk, Compliance, Security Assessments and Incident Response. Youssef helps clients from various industries such as government, defense and telecommunication build their cyber security maturity programs. Youssef holds numerous professional, industry-recognized certifications. Academically, Youssef holds a BSc in Computer Science from Middlesex University and an MSc in Security Science from EC Council University.

 

Why do you think more women will be beneficial to the industry ?

 

Well, for two simple reasons:

 

From a macro point of view, we have 50% of the humanity being female, it would seem logical to me that women would be equally represented in every business, including cyber security. I personally resent that whatever reason would end up in having less women in an industry than normal.

 

From a micro point of view, cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game, where intellectual agility and perseverance are primordial. I immensely value women working with me, for they often bring a different perspective, a different approach to addressing situations. I believe we can easily demonstrate that a team made of an equal amount of men and women is more effective, more performant in cybersecurity than any alternative.

 

Would you hire women in cyber security in your team , and if so, in which area and why ?

 

Yes, absolutely, this goes without saying. At every role: managerial, consultant, analyst, internal audit – they have the potential to excel at what they do, of course! I must add that some of the best managers and mentors I worked with in my career are women.

 

 




Magda CHELLY
Magda CHELLY

Author

Magda Lilia Chelly, is the Managing Director of Responsible Cyber Pte. by day, and a cyber feminist hacker by night. Magda is the brand ambassador of Peerlyst, one of the strongest InfoSec online communities. She spends most of her time supporting chief information security officers in their cyber security strategy and roadmap. She reviews technical architectures, cloud migrations, and digital transformations. She is continuously raising cyber security awareness & diversity at a global scale. She is currently based in Singapore, with a global reach through her company in 19 locations worldwide. She speaks five languages fluently, and has a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering with a subsequent specialization in cyber security. She also was recently nominated as global leader of the year at the Women in IT Awards 2017, and TOP 50 cyber security influencer globally.



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