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shurouq hijazi, CISSP

shurouq hijazi, CISSP

Cybersecurity Consulting | IAM/PAM

Toronto, Ontario

Unlike most professions that thrive on recognition, I always thought Cybersecurity fed on the concept of 'no news is good news'! After all, headlines in my world consisted of cyber breaches and incidents. With such mindset, I started my career in Cybersecurity thinking I'm that thankless fire inspector who has to explain why it's so important to install fire sprinklers even if it ruins your home décor! However, the more experience I got in the Cybersecurity field, the more I realized that my job is more like that HVAC system that keeps you cool on hot summer nights and allows you to get your job done effectively.

After getting exposure to different domains of Cyber, including strategy and assessments, data protection, privacy, vulnerability management, then finally specializing in Identity and Access Management (IAM), I became a strong believer in Cybersecurity as a business enabler. I wake up every morning excited at the prospect of increasing my clients' productivity with the right IAM toolset, and enhancing their end-user experience by granting customers access with a single click and with the confidence that their identity/privacy is secure. As a Cybersecurity consultant, I enjoy sitting at the intersection of technical and non-technical work. On one day I can be spotted working on the architecture or implementation of an IAM/PAM solution, and on another day I may be reviewing cyber processes and policies, developing a long-term strategy, or just going over your classic project management and budget sheet.

Outside of work, I volunteer with CultureLink where I teach Identity and Access Management, and with OWASP Toronto Chapter. If I were not working in Cybersecurity, I would probably be a professor as I have always had a knack for teaching. I'm a cooking enthusiast, a self-proclaimed taste tester, and an avid reader! I'm always curious what books or podcasts others are reading or listening to, so please connect and let me know.


Experience:

  • Machine Learning Research Assistant (University of Rochester Computer Science Department)
  • Senior Manager (KeyData Associates)
  • Manager (IAM/PAM Architect) (KeyData Associates)
  • Intern (Takwin Labs)
  • Senior Cybersecurity Consultant (Deloitte)
  • Cyber Security Consultant (EY)
  • Senior Cyber Security Consultant (EY)

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