Vimal Mani
A Cyber Security & Digital Crime Researcher, Blogger and an Author
alt Vimal Mani is a A Cyber Security & Digital Crime Researcher, Blogger and an Author who works and lives in Sharjah.Vimal has a progressive experience of 20 years in Banking & Financial Services, Energy, Retail, Healthcare and ICT Sectors. Vimal has worked with clients in India, USA, UK, Far East and Middle East Countries. Vimal has served Big 4 Firms such as Deloitte and globally reputed business organizations such as Microsoft, Philips, Accenture and Standard Chartered Bank.
 
alt Vimal is presently working as Chief Information Security Officeer (CISO) with Bank Of Sharjah. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Bank, Vimal is responsible for the end to end information security program along with the coordination of information security efforts within the banking operations spread across Middle East region. He is also responsible for coordinating the process to build a bank wide information security strategy, procedures, standards, leading the periodic information security risk assessment efforts, incidentalt investigation and resolution, and the bank’s information security awareness & training programs.
 
Bank of Sharjah is primarily a corporate bank catering to UAE based businesses, SMEs, the government and government related entities. It has its operations spread across four of the emirates (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah) in United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. The Bank offers general banking services, project finance, trade facilities, syndicate loans and short to mid term loans.
 
alt Vimal Mani is a native of Namakkal which is a well known poultry and transport Hub in Tamailndau.Vimal Mani hails from a lower middle class family with 2 other sibilings. Vimals elder sister works with Life Insurance Corporation Of India as an Officer and younger brother works in KSA as a mechanical engineer. Vimal's grand father (Ramasamy, Ex Karur Vysya Bank Manager) and father (Mani, Ex State Bank Of India Staff) were also former Bank employees who served Banking Sector for longer years based out of Namakkal. 
 
alt Vimal completed his schooling in Municipal High School and Government Boys Higher Secondary School at Namakkal. Than Vimal completed his Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from Adhyamaan College Of Engineering,Housr in 1997. Vimal has also earned prestegious qualifications such as CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) with a MBA Degree in Project Management. From school days Vimal was known as an allround performer in studies, competitions and school level events.Vimal has a flair for writing and speaking from his school days itself.
 
alt After graduating Vimal worked for a brief period of 2 years in India. In 1999 Vimal Mani moved to USA as an IT Consultant and worked in USA for close to 4 years with various clients. Then in 2002 Vimal moved to UK for a year to work as a consultant for an IT Services firm based out of Birmingham, UK. Than 2003 Vimal Mani moved to India and worked in Indian IT Service Sector for 7 years till 2009.
 
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Meanwhile in these 7 years, Vimal has qualified as a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and guided number of business organziations as a trusted business advisor. In 2009 Vimal moved to Kuwait to work with an american Management Consuting Firm called PROTIVITI which was providing Auditing & Technology Consulting Services to various clients in Kuwait, KSA,UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.Vimal has served with most of the national oil companies in Kuwait such as KOC,KPC,KNPC,KGOC, Q8 International, KUFPEC.
 
Vimal has also served with most of the Banks in Kuwait such as KFH, NBK, AUB, ABK,KIB and others.Vimal has managed variety of Information & Technology Risk Consulting, Internal IT Audit Engagements for these clients and known as a trusted advisor by most of the clients he has served with.Vimal is specialized in Cyber Security, IT GRC, IT Audit, IT & Digital Transformation, Business Transformation, Risk Management areas.
 
Significant Achievements & Honors received in Career so far:
 
 
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Has been chosen as one of the Top 100 CIOs from GCC Region in the GITEX Technology Week 2017.
 
Has won number of awards/recognitions from his employers such as Philips Electronics (Delivery Excellence Award), Microsoft Corporation (Outstanding Employee of the Year Award), Accenture (Super Trooper Award) and Verizon Telecom (Most Valuable Team Player Award).
 
Vimal advises number of technology startups, investors, entrepreneurs and government organizations globally on Cyber Security, IT & Digital Transformation and Business Transformation by being part of their advisory teams and Board.
 
Vimal regularly speaks in colleges, schools, conferences, seminars, forums, panel discussions happening around , IT GRC, Cyber Security, Business & Digital Transformation, Digitized Business Models driven by disruptive new age technologies.
 
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Vimal has recently published a 10 weeks series of articles on “Cyber Crimes and Preventive Measures” in a leading South Indian
Internet Magazine called “MINNAMBALAM” (https://www.minnambalam.com/ k/2017/09/01/1504226142).
 
Vimal got married to Rajini (D/o Mr.Subramanian, Rtd GM, NTPC) in 2002 and the couple is blessed with two kids, Tharun (Elder Son) & Varsha (Younger Daughter) who are in Middle and Primary Schools at Sharjah.
 
Listening to variety of Music, Reading Novels and watching south Indian Movies are Vimal's hobbies. Particularly Vimal is a big fan of Malayalam Movies made based on Novels and real life stories. "

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