Focus on a Chartered Security Professional: Mahbubul Islam CSyP MSyI
In our ongoing series of profiles of Chartered Security Professionals, we spotlight Mahbubul Islam, the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at HM Courts and Tribunal Services. Mahbubul began his career with the Civil Service in 2001 in an operational capacity, while completing a degree in Computing and Business IT. His first role in security was as a Special Projects Business Analyst on the National Identity Cards Programme and then onto a trainee Information Assurance role.
During his time at HM Passport Office, he was able to work on cross-government security projects with FCO, Home Office, GDS, DVLA, Crown Dependency and British Overseas Territories and others. Mahbubul’s security roles have spanned both functional and cyber security; for example, he started out on Physical Security Assurance, then moved to Supply Chain Security Management on Physical and Cyber.
Mahbubul was able to transition into security leadership roles early in his career and this meant he needed to consider various chartered qualifications. He chose CSyP because of its robust applicant process and how it is based on a competency framework.
Mahbubul schieved Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) qualification through his experience of working on two major IT programmes: National Identity Cards and Universal Credit. He says, “On being admitted to the CSyP register, I have taken advantage of a number of benefits. The most valuable benefit has been the ability to meet and engage with colleagues from the register. I have used this to gain support and get advice for my day-to-day activity, as I firmly believe that knowledge and experience is never with just one person. I now support the Security Institute by sponsoring the Cyber and Convergence Special Interest Group (CCSIG).”
Mike Bluestone CSyP, Ambassador for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals