Yassir holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), a Master in Science (M.Sc.) and an Engineering Diploma (B. Eng.) in computer science. He is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and an Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP).
Yassir has assisted major Canadian organizations in forming Cybersecurity functions and running large Cyber transformations. While serving major players in the Banking, Insurance, Finance, Retail, Telecommunications, Transport, Media and Government sectors, Yassir consistently brought a business-oriented perspective to complex Cybersecurity challenges.
His areas of expertise include CISO secondment and coaching, Cyber Security governance and strategy, Cybersecurity risk identification and evaluation, Cybersecurity maturity assessments, Cybersecurity architecture, Identity and Access Management, compliance to standards and regulations, Privacy protection, Cybersecurity penetration tests and RedTeaming exercises, Cyber forensics and Incident response, Benchmarking and evaluation of Cyber Security practices, Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery Planning.
MBA - HEC Montréal – (Strategic Management and IT)
M. Sc. in computer science - Université de Montréal - Concentration in Telecommunication and networks
B.Eng., in computer science – ENSIAS (Awarded scholarship for academic achievements)
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) from ISC2
CISA (Certified Information System Auditor) from ISACA
ISO 27001 LA (Lead Auditor) from PECB
ABCP (Associate Business Continuity Planner) from DRI International
ITIL v3 foundation (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) from ITIL
Board member, Association de Sécurité de l’Information du Montréal Métropolitain (ASIMM)
Speaker, various events on subjects including, Board responsibilities, Cyber crisis management, Incident Response readiness, and Cyber security trends