Profiles in Leadership: Tarek El-Sherif

Head of IT Risk at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on the Importance of Training
Tarek El-Sherif, head of IT risk at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and CyberEdBoard member

Technology is not the solution to all cybersecurity problems, and cybersecurity awareness has to be given equal emphasis, says Tarek El-Sherif, head of IT risk at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

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"It is an ongoing process and we cannot focus on one specific point. We run ongoing awareness projects for our staff and our customers. It is life, and we have to manage it all the time," says El-Sherif. "Technology keeps changing and when technology changes, awareness becomes critical."

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

  • How he makes security awareness interesting for employees;
  • How cybersecurity has evolved in the financial industry;
  • The major achievements of his career.

El-Sherif is head of IT risk at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. He has extensive experience in distinguished multinational banks and has served in the areas of information technology, information security and information technology risk. He has also developed policies, procedures and governance frameworks related to information technology and information security risks.

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Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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