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Ayman Al Issa

McKinsey & Company
Industrial Cybersecurity Lead and Senior Expert
Ayman Al Issa is the McKinsey Industrial Cybersecurity Lead and Senior Expert. prior to joining McKinsey, he was the Chief Technologist for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Industrial Cyber Security practice in the international market and he was the Cybersecurity Business Development Lead. Over a career which spans more than 27 years to date, Al Issa has gained vast experience in the fields of industrial automation operational technology, information technology, and cyber security. Within these arenas, he counts industrial control systems and systems engineering, as well as cyber security strategy and model building amongst his areas of expertise. Illustrating his contribution to the latter, Mr. Al Issa is a globally recognized expert in industrial cyber security who had early contributions to improving the practice on a worldwide level. Early 2008, he has developed an ICS defense-in-depth industrial cyber security model that provides early detection of threats based on security-through-visibility-and-integration. The model has been adapted by leading automation and cybersecurity vendors.
Contributing to the wider industrial cybersecurity debate, Al Issa is currently the co-chairman of workgroup 1 in the IEC62443 (formerly ISA99) industrial automation and control systems cyber security standard. He is the chief technology advisor of the Industrial Cybersecurity Center in the ME and he is a member of the cyber security advisory boards at top rated universities world-wide. He is also an active member of numerous international security innovation alliances, focused on improving the security of industrial systems.
Prior to joining McKinsey and Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Al Issa was the Digital Oil Fields Cyber Security Advisor for the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), an Oil and Gas organization he worked at for 17 years developing, architecting and implementing cyber security designs from conceptual designs through FEED (Front End Engineering Design) to Cybersecurity FAT, iFAT and SAT testing and systems commissioning. Mr. Al Issa graduated as electronic circuits designer and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and contributes to the ongoing development of the Industrial Automation and Control Systems Cyber Security Standards.