Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig, founder & CEO ofCTM360®, was recently awarded 'Visionary CEO of the Year' at the Catalyst Awards, part of the Future IT Summit 2017, held at The Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai on 14th March 2017.
Recognized as a serial entrepreneur and business builder, Mr. Mirza has a history of success within the Information Security and Cyber Security space. Having served the region’s technology sector for the last 30 years, Mirza has played an active part of nurturing innovation and facilitating collaboration amongst practitioners.
As part of his presentation at The Future IT Summit 2017, Mr. Mirza emphasized the importance of Cyber Resilience and Cyber Vigilance in Cloud Security and how organisations should redefine their approach into “Doing different, rather than doing more.” He also explored the traditional definitions of IT Security, Information Security and Cyber Security, and mapped the latter to the real world. “IT Security entails enhancing the user experience and Information Security deals with protecting information assets. Cyber Security is responsible for identifying and neutralizing threat vectors in cyberspace” said Mr. Mirza.
Mirza is also known as 'Father of PCI' in Saudi Arabia for introducing and developing a collaborative compliance program for the banking sector in 2011 that resulted in Saudi being the first country in the world where all banks were PCI DSS certified. Furthermore, with his vision of a Cyber Threat Management center in GCC, Mirza has initiated multiple R&D initiatives and regional collaboration efforts that have resulted in a spin-off, CTM360®, based out of Bahrain.
CTM360® is a comprehensive Cyber Threat Management system based on the philosophy of collaboration to address the challenges of an ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. Headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, CTM360® provides 'Dependable Security as a Service' via a secure cloud-based platform, which enables members to tackle evolving cyber threats on a real-time basis. CTM360® cyber threat analysts operate 24 x 7 x 365 and have already gained the trust of 25 of the Top 50 GCC banks and other major organizations.
CTM360®'s mission is to enhance member cyber resilience, with the strategy of identifying and managing attacks at an early stage. Following success in the GCC, CTM360® is now global with a dedicated offering keeping a steady finger on the pulse of cyber threats seen across the world. Within CTM360, a fully equipped cyber incident response team detects cyber threats relevant to member organizations, conducts analysis on impact and connects the dots across multiple incidents. This core service is strengthened by cyber footprint management and real-time situational awareness. For more information, visit http://www.ctm360.com
Mirza’s team has developed a very comprehensive Cyber Threat Management System that currently services 25 of the top 50 GCC banks; overall, CTM360 has managed in excess of 30,000 unique cyber incidents. In addition to the banks, CTM360® also caters to: 3 of the largest Oil & Gas / Petrochemical producers, 2 Skytrax #1 rated “Five Star” Airlines, 2 of the region’s largest Sovereign Wealth Funds, leading healthcare clinics, retailers and conglomerates.