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About Islam Elzayat
I am an Information Technology professional with extensive experience in Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, Governance, IT Compliance, Auditing, and hands-on experience designing and implementing processes and standards. I have conducted internal audits of facilities and ISMS systems, collaborating with stakeholders, customers, and business partners to identify risks and security information requirements. I am a subject matter expert in all aspects of auditing configuration items, creating business service maps, and implementing security governance. I have superior communication skills and utilize my strengths in listening to clients, identifying risks, resolving process issues, and proposing solutions.
Transitioning to Canada marked a new chapter in the Auditing and Compliance field. Transitioning from an accomplished IT Service Management Consultant, I honed my skills and demonstrated prowess with an ITIL Expert Certificate and COBIT 5 accreditation. My career trajectory took a decisive turn towards safeguarding corporate governance with a suite of certifications such as Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
In this complex digital era, I stand at the forefront of mitigating risks, advocating for robust compliance measures, and steering strategic governance frameworks that align with cutting-edge technological advancements. My philosophy is simple: the nexus of information technology and innovative risk management is where secure, sustainable business growth is cultivated.
I uphold the principles of continuous learning, adaptability, and a steadfast commitment to excellence. These tenets have been my guiding stars, enabling me to navigate through the evolving currents of the IT domain with resilience and strategic foresight.
About the experience in auditing
One of the earliest and most persistent challenges I encountered was bridging the gap between IT Consultancy and audit compliance — convincing IT personnel that auditors can be allies in enhancing their security posture rather than just enforcers of regulations. As IT systems became more complex and integral to business functions, my role evolved to meet these changes, requiring a continual investment in learning and certification to stay ahead.
The opportunity to share my accumulated knowledge with clients, fostering an environment of mutual respect, is my favorite part of the auditing process. The most rewarding moments come when a client sees the value of an audit not just as a compliance exercise but as a catalyst for better business practices and technological innovation.
Looking ahead, my goals are to delve further into the intersection of emerging technologies and auditing standards. I aim to be part of the transformative forces that shape the future of compliance—making it more integrated with business agility and resilience. I seek to champion auditing approaches that safeguard against risks and enable businesses to harness the full potential of their IT strategies.
The journey of an auditor is a continuous learning curve — meeting resistance is part of the job. Overcoming this resistance by demonstrating the tangible benefits of compliance and strategic improvements has been a fulfilling challenge, one that I meet with a blend of expertise, diplomacy, and forward-thinking strategy.
Islam's experience with MSECB
My foray into the rigorous world of auditing began in earnest when I applied to become an authorized auditor with MSECB in 2021. Since achieving certification, I have provided my expertise across Canada and the USA, focusing on standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000-1, and ISO/IEC 27001. This journey has broadened my technical proficiency and deepened my understanding of the intricate balance between compliance and organizational improvement.
Working with MSECB has been a transformative experience punctuated by a culture of excellence, support, and continuous improvement. Conducting audits on behalf of MSECB has allowed me to leverage my expertise across various industries in North America and fostered a deep sense of accomplishment, contributing to the highest quality and security standards in businesses.
The decision to align with MSECB was driven by their robust reputation for integrity, a commitment to quality, and their recognition within the industry as a bastion of thorough and reputable certification processes. MSECB stands out for its dedication to fostering auditors’ growth, providing ongoing training, and ensuring we are always at the forefront of industry standards and regulatory changes.
Conducting audits under the MSECB banner has been a rewarding challenge. The organization’s streamlined methodologies, comprehensive support systems, and unwavering adherence to impartiality have greatly facilitated the auditing process. MSECB has mastered the delicate art of balancing thoroughness with efficiency, which is a testament to its innovative approach to the auditing profession.
Would I recommend others to become MSECB auditors? Absolutely. For those seeking to expand their horizons in the world of compliance and auditing, MSECB offers a platform like no other. The organization’s commitment to excellence, coupled with a supportive network and an impeccable professional ethos, makes it an ideal choice for auditors aiming to make a meaningful impact in the auditing field.
MSECB differentiates itself in the industry with its unique blend of professionalism, customer-centric services, and an unwavering commitment to advancing auditing practices. The organization’s global perspective is well-balanced with a personalized approach to each audit, ensuring every client receives a tailored service that meets and often exceeds expectations. In a field where precision and trust are paramount, MSECB’s consistent delivery of quality is not just a benchmark but a gold standard for others to follow.
MSECB Auditor Profile
Since 2021, Islam Elzayat has been a part of MSECB. He has audited numerous MSECB clients against ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000-1, and ISO/IEC 27001.
Mr. Elzayat is a great observer with excellent communication skills and an expert in his field. His dedication to every audit ensures that clients see the value of an audit as an improvement for better business practices that enhance their organizational performance.
We are honored to have him as part of our MS Auditors Network!
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