An experienced professional & accomplished leader with more than 15 years of applied experience in Cyber Security, Enterprise Risks Management, Corporate Governance, Technology Audit and Compliance. With his diverse experience, Yasser translates business objectives to strategic and practical programs by building relationships, motivating & developing talent while managing 3rd party partners and suppliers to align behind his vision. Yasser is most proud of his efforts in building large Cyber Security capacity development programs for several Security & Defense organizations in the Kingdom and throughout the GCC.
Yasser is currently responsible for establishing and maintaining STC Group’s Cyber Security vision, strategy, and program to secure and enable the digital transformation journey in KSA in support of vision 2030. This includes ensuring and maintaining the resiliency and protection of STC core infrastructure (representing more than 60% of KSA communications powering the digital economy), supply chain, digital services and privacy of STC Group customers’ data in accordance with international security framework like NIST 800-53, GSMA, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS in addition to local regulations from CITC and NCSC. Yasser has standardized cyber security across STC Group subsidiaries including UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Yasser has global exposure to organizations in different verticals and industries, including defense, law enforcement, telecom, financial services, and government. He is recognized as a leading contributor on strategic cyber security initiatives in KSA, GCC and emerging countries. Throughout his career; Yasser has successfully established several cyber security operation centers including building advance forensics malware investigations labs, threat intelligence and management practices for organizations within the GCC region, this includes (but not limited to) technical architecture, design, implementation, operation and training. His contributions to national cyber security continues to be leveraged as an advisor to several key government agencies.
Yasser helped pioneer the establishment of the 1st world class Managed Security Service Center (Raqeeb) in Saudi & GCC in 2007 announced under the patronage of the Minister of MCIT. Yasser is a regular speaker, panelist and contributor to cyber security and other ICT events and conferences and was both a moderator and architect of the 2017 Hackathon which led to internship opportunities for the winning teams at STC.
Yasser holds BSc from King Saud University in Computer sciences, awarded executive certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management, attended number of leadership programs with Ashridge business school, DELL, Mobily and STC, furthermore; Yasser has broad range of industry leading cyber security professional certifications including:
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional – CISSP
- Certified Information Security Manager – CISM
- Certified Ethical Hacker – C|EH
- Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator – C|HFI
- Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ITIL
- Symantec Certified Security Professional,
- EnCase Certified Forensics Examiner
- AccessData Certified Examiner
- ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
- ISO 27001 Implementer