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Institute deputy chair

by Mark Rowe

The Security Institute (SyI) reports that Mahbubul Islam, pictured, has become Deputy Chair. He’s one of only 200 Chartered Security Professionals (CSyPs – he’s pictured wearing the lapel badge). He is a Fellow of the Institute.

He has served on the Board of Directors and has been the Institute’s strategic lead for cyber and convergence for the past three years. He has played a major role in setting up and developing the Cyber and Convergence Special Interest Group (CCSIG), one of the Institute’s SIGs, which has delivered a number of learning events and publishes quarterly Cyber Insights. He last featured in the October edition of Professional Security magazine as a speaker at the launch of the Institute’s inclusivity and diversity SIG.

Mahbubul also represents the Institute in the Cyber Alliance, a body that was recently awarded the UK Government contract to develop and deliver the UK Cyber Security Council, as part of the UK National Cyber Security Strategy.

As deputy alongside the Institute Chair Peter Lavery FSyI, he’s part of the senior leadership team (SLT) and the Board of Directors. Mahbubul’s background is in IT and security and in particular Information Security. He is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS), a UK central government department.

Peter Lavery said: “As a long-standing and active member and supporter of the Institute, I have been very impressed with Mahbubul’s contributions to the Board over the last three years and his leadership of the Cyber Convergence Special Interest Group (CCSIG). For more than two years Mahbubul has led the Security Institute’s contribution to the formation of the UK Cyber Security Council (UK-CSC) which will launch next month. Apart from co-ordinating the Institute’s volunteers across numerous work streams (WS), he personally led WS5 on ‘Developing the Profession’. Mahbubul was an obvious contender for Deputy Chair of the Institute, and I am very pleased that he accepted the position. He continues to bring valued experience and sound council to the Institute’s leadership team and will also chair our Audit Committee as the Institute continues to grow and contribute to societal security.”

And Mahbubul said: “I am delighted to take on the additional responsibility of Deputy Chair, it is great to remain involved with the Security Institute and support the Board as we continue to implement our vision and strategy for our members and partners. Being involved with the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project remains a key outcome for the Security Institute as we drive a converged approach to Security.”

Mahbubul is up for re-election at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting on April 21, online instead of as usual in London due to the covid pandemic, and if successful will serve for a term of three years on the Institute’s Board of Directors, alongside the 14 other voluntary directors.

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