Collaborating to Improve Resilience

CISO Kooliyankal of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Offers Incident Response Insights
Illyas Kooliyankal, group CISO of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in the UAE

To improve their organization's incident response efforts, CISOs need to lead a collaborative effort designed to strengthen resilience, says Illyas Kooliyankal, group CISO of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in the UAE.

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The IT, crisis management, development, testing, and disaster recovery departments all must be involved in the effort, Kooliyankal says in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

“How CISOs manage, mitigate and contain incidents will say how resilient you are,” says Kooliyankal.

In this video interview, he also offers insights on:

  • Responding to adversaries with unconventional security controls;
  • Having a wartime mindset to streamline operations;
  • Developing the skills required to face the latest cyberthreats.

Kooliyankal is a cybersecurity leader with experience leading programs at financial institutions. He has been an executive committee member of UAE Banks Federation, advisory board member of Emirates Safer Internet Society, CIO of ADSS, etc., prior to this role. He focuses on building a cybersecurity culture and building defenses against dynamic threats. He has expertise in evolving digital safety standards.


About the Author

Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Managing Editor, Asia & the Middle East, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.




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