Syed Azher
  • Sydney,NSW
  • Australia
  • Impact Group
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Impact Group
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

With over 14-years of global experience, Syed is a seasoned individual in information security, risk management and technology leadership. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Impact Group, in Bahrain. The Impact Group provides innovative solutions and services to private, public and government entities in a number of sectors such as Management Consultancy, Real Estate, and Interior Design. Prior to joining the Impact Group, Syed held senior management positions as the Technology and Cybersecurity Head for a number of blue-chip organizations in the banking and technology sectors.

Recognized as a critical thinker, Syed is a trusted advisor to both government and organizations in the fields of cyber resilience, technology architecture, digital transformation, technology operations, controls and compliance.  In this role Syed has helped organizations transform their technology risk management and cybersecurity capabilities by first engaging stakeholders to align their business and technology objectives, and then building the necessary foundation to achieve the desired outcomes.

Syed serves as a board member for the Bahrain Information Technology Society, leads Executive Advisory Board for Arvensys Technologies in Australia and DifferentX a New Zealand based technology start-up Company. He is also a community leader for P3 (Portfolio/Program/Project) for ISACA International, USA. He is a moderator for security roundtables and panel events, and is a sought after speaker on cyber-security and transforming individuals into high performing technology teams.

Syed is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in digital transformation, cyber-security, and mentoring/coaching all type of organizations including non-profit entities

His professional affiliations are: ISACA, PMI, ISC2, and his professional qualifications include: CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CEH, ITIL Expert, PMP, PRINCE2, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Syed holds a MBA from Chifley Business School at Torren University, Australia, a postgraduate in Business Administration and Information Technology from the University of Wales, United Kingdom, and he has also completed a number of cybersecurity programs from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Planning to be a CISO

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Everyone wants to know this today. One of the key attributes I have found in all the security people in last 14 years of my career is you need to be naturally skeptical when you look at stuff. This is one key aspect and if you don’t have this you would not a be good security person. You would have to ground that with good business pragmatism, it not about technology, it is about securing.

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Aligning security objectives with business objectives

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

This is about developing information security master plan, the concept is the fact that when you develop a plan you begin by starting risk assessment, not a risk assessment from security stand point but from a business standpoint. You go through that process by interviewing various executive getting their input and understand what they believe are the risks that the business is exposed to. Then you take that way and evaluated risk…


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