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.
I completed my Polytechnic Diploma in Computer Science & Engineering in 2002 and then started my career as a part time trainer while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. Post my graduation I started as an Asst. Professor but soon joined corporate world where I was fortunate to work with Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan & Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, Hewitt to name few.
Pierre is the Enterprise Chief Security & Privacy Officer at Huawei, the Fortune 500 Information and Communication Technology Company. Pierre has over 30 years of international experience on Information Security and Enterprise Risk Management.
''From a micro point of view, cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game, where intellectual agility and perseverance are primordial.''