Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Sohaib Syeed Ahmed

Assistant Vice President, Information Security

First National Financial

Sohaib Syeed Ahmed is a security governance practitioner with over 10 years of global IT experience. He is currently working for a financial services company as the Head of Information Security. Sohaib has experience developing, planning and implementing security frameworks that have helped his organization build a security function from the ground up.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started my career in consulting in the IT governance domain. I realized that you cannot have governance without security, and once I got my foot in the door, I became sucked into the security wonderland.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

I believe in maintaining integrity in the work we do on a daily basis. Do not lose focus of your end goal - to keep the organization secure.

With disruption being a key theme of the past year, where do you see your role as a CISO going in the next 1-2 years?

Risk Management, and responding to the relevant threats of Ransomware.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CISO?

Continue to manage and maintain a security framework, and do not lose focus on the information security strategy and how it drives your tactical and operational agendas. I strongly believe that each domain of security needs to be treated like a program with its own resources, objectives, outcomes and measurements.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I am a semi-professional table tennis player.
  2. I am an active person and love outdoor sports like running, cycling, tennis, golf, etc.
  3. I moved to Canada a month before the pandemic, so technically I've lived and experienced Toronto for only 1 month, February 2020.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community?

I am able to engage with like minded and similar Information Security leaders in my geography and industry.


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