Mr. Kooliyankal is an exuberant Information Security professional with more than 20 years of proven experience in the Information Technology and Cyber Security arena. In the role of Global Head of Information Security/Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), he drives the world wide Information security and business continuity programs at ADS Securities, one of the most prestigious and ambitious organizations in the region with an amazing growth over the last few years in the global financial industry. In addition to this, in the role of CIO, he heads the global Infrastructure and Systems functions of the company. Before joining ADS Securities, he was serving Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (ETISALAT) for more than 15 years in Information Security, Business Continuity, IT Infrastructure, and network domains.Mr. Kooliyankal is one of the champions of Cyber Security with in depth knowledge on technology and business domains. He professionally grown up with deep level technical experience, which helped in driving and managing organization wide information security program aligned with business strategy. Being one of the best and foremost experts in the region with demonstrable ISO 27001 (International Standard for Cyber/Information Security) experience, he successfully implemented the framework in live and complicated environments that includes internal and external cloud infrastructure. His practical expertise includes Cyber Security, Information Security, Cloud Security, IT Management, Business Continuity, ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Framework and COBIT (IT Governance).He has transformed organizations to optimized Information security (Cyber Security) maturity level from literally non-existent status. His approach is holistic in nature, by defining foolproof processes; designing and implementing required technologies and educating the users (through comprehensive awareness program). A strategic thinker, who brings, out of the box and proactive initiatives towards protection of organization and its assets, Mr. Illyas has developed and implemented effective information security management system for telecom and financial sectors. He is an excellent negotiator and well respected professional with highly influential stakeholder management skills, which includes senior executives. As a Project initiator and leader, effectively implemented ITIL, COBIT and ISO 27001 framework in an integrated fashion to support each other and ensured an effective and continually improved information security & service management system in alignment with business.Mr. Illyas is a professional with up to date and advanced knowledge in his field, ratified by relevant IT, Information Security and Auditing Certifications like ITIL Service Manager and ITIL Expert (IT Service Management), CISSP, CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISA (Certified Information System Auditor), CBCI (Business Continuity), CRISC (Risk Management), CGEIT (IT Governance), and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor etc. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He was the Co Chair and Speaker at the Chief Information Security Officer Summit in USA. Considering his passion and inventive approaches, EC Council, USA nominated Mr. Illyas to the Board of Directors of their CISO Programs. He has been elected as one of the few from UAE, to become the Member of Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) based on his expertise and experience in the field. Mr. Kooliyankal was a Keynote Speaker at GITEX 2011 on Cloud Security and GITEX 2014 on Big Data Security. He is a reputed speaker who was a major contributor in various international conferences across the world, including GITEX Dubai, CIO Event UK, Secure Asia Malaysia, CISO Summit USA, Internet Show ME, CIO SHOW Singapore etc. Mr. Kooliyankal won many awards for his excellent professional career, which includes the prestigious Middle East CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of the Year 2013/14, Crystal Award from Emirates Airlines-ISACA, KERA Outstanding Achiever and World Excellency Award in Information Security. He won outstanding employee award from Etisalat & ADX on multiple occasions. He is recently being selected as the Finalist for the Global CISO Award from EC Council, USA. The finalists were chosen from thousands of Chief Information Security Officers around the globe.