Wasim Khan

Information Technology Advisory Leader Middle East & North Africa

Ernst & Young

Wasim has been in the field of IT consulting and information security for the past 17 years. Wasim is a Partner in Ernst & Young – MENA and leads the firm’s IT Advisory practice across the region.

Over the past decade with EY, he has led a number of large scale projects related to enterprisewide information security programs, ERP client side program advisory and IT transformation for a wide range of clients in telecoms, financial services and government sector.

Speech Topic & Synopses
The Evolution of Information Technology Risk

As of recently and due to the advancement in technology, IT risk management (ITRM) has become a top-priority as part of companies’ integrated risk management strategies.

The role of Information Technology has evolved to make even greater contributions to the success of the enterprise than just a back-office component. As the nature of any business requires, it is critical to maintain effective internal control IT measures and perform continuous monitoring.

Furthermore, organizations need to better understand the threats of cyber attacks and accordingly adjust their security strategies and controls.

Due to two recently introduced important IT trends – virtualization and cloud computing – IT executives are now forced to revisit the way they store, use and manage information. Finally and due to the global financial crisis, companies have been prompted to consider restructuring the business for greater efficiency and the IT function will normally be targeted as the top priority.