Hisham El-Bihbety is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Bank of Canada. In this role, he is the central coordination point, serving as a bridge between cyber teams across the Bank to promote alignment of the Bank’s cyber security activities. He also provides support and advice to the Financial Stability Department (FSD) and other departments with cyber security partnerships in the financial and government sectors. Hisham contributes to the Bank’s ongoing discussions with G7 countries and central banks on emerging threats, security monitoring and related topics. Furthermore, Hisham is accountable for setting the Bank’s overall Cyber security architecture direction, and for making sure the institution’s information assets remain safe. He is also accountable for the Bank’s Cyber Defence Centre, as well as, the Cyber Security Program. Previously, Hisham held the positions of Senior Director, IT Security, Architecture and Engineering and Director, Analytic Environment and Corporate Administration Portfolio. Hisham joined the Bank in 2012 as Program Manager, where he was acting as ITS’s single point of contact for multiple business lines. He was also responsible for developing an integrated program strategy and plan, maintaining a strong relationship with business leaders, acquiring executive support and providing program and project management leadership.
Hisham has over 30 years of software development and management experience in information technology in the private and public sectors. Before joining the Bank, he held various management positions at Mitel and JDS Uniphase. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.