Board of Advisers

Each of Information Security Media Group’s media sites draws upon the collective counsel of an exclusive board of advisers. These hand-selected groups are refreshed annually by ISMG’s top editors and managers, and the boards represent the sites’ broad constituency: information security practitioners, regulators, researchers, thought-leaders and vendors. Our exclusive board of advisers guide us through rich content and provide insight for ISMG Summits and are sources for stories, presenters at live events and in webinars and other aspects of editorial.

These experts come across as thought leaders in sharing insights on the trending aspects in the security domain and evolving threat landscape, and give a direction on following the best security practices.

Brijesh Singh

Brijesh Singh

Special Inspector General of Police - Cyber, Maharashtra Police

Singh heads the cybersecurity department of Maharashtra State. He is an elite Indian Police Service officer with prior stint as special inspector general of police with the CID. He successfully implemented Crime Criminal Tracking and Networking Systems (CCTNS) project in Maharashtra State. Due to his efforts, Maharashtra implemented path-breaking IT schemes like online first information reports (FIRs), advanced forensics, and digitization of the state's crime records. Singh is also the designated Special Inspector General of Police - Women Atrocity Prevention, a special authority created by the Maharashtra government.

Further, the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has appointed Singh as the head of the state's information and publicity department, as well. He is the first IPS officer to hold this post. Singh subsequently took charge as the Chief information Security Officer (CISO) on June 18, 2016. Singh has also been designing apps for mobile platforms and holds several patents. He constantly contributes to the evolving software innovation space, and is the author of "Quantum Siege," which is among the top ten books on online ecommerce portal, Amazon.

Uday Deshpande

Uday Deshpande

Chief Information Security Officer, TATA Motors

Deshpande is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience leading global information security programs, enterprise risk management and compliance projects. He is adept at information security strategy, has designed and implemented security architecture and secured information assets through innovative use of technology. He is successful at building cohesive teams, communicating at all levels, and working with acute & aggressive timelines. He is an astute business manager with a keen understanding of tomorrow's cyber security threats and possesses the skills to align them with organization's strategic business goals. Deshpande constantly aims to improve enterprise security posture in challenging, cost-centric and multifaceted environments.

Dr. Triveni Singh

Dr. Triveni Singh

Additional Superintendent of Police - Special Task Force (STF), Uttar Pradesh Police

Singh is currently posted as additional superintendent, special task force, UP Police, and is in charge of investigating cybercrimes in the state of Uttar Pradesh. His special areas of expertise are cybercrime and financial fraud. He has had wide exposure in dealing with cases related to anti-corruption, vigilance, economic offences, money laundering and cybercrimes.

Venkatesh Subramaniam

Venkatesh Subramaniam

Global Chief Information Security Officer, Ocwen Financial Solutions

Subramaniam has more than 23 years of experience in the information security domain, and has worked in diverse areas of security in critical sectors including finance and telecom, and in Fortune 50 companies globally. He is currently the Global CISO at Ocwen Financial Solutions - a highly strategic role where he is responsible for oversight of the entire security program and also heading the Business Continuity Office. Prior to this, he was the CISO for Idea Cellular & its subsidiaries, where he was responsible and accountable for all aspects of information security, including planning, building and operating. He was also the head of the Business Continuity Management program, the Privacy Office, and also oversaw the security of the Idea's foray into the payments bank business.

Rudra Murthy

Rudra Murthy

CISO, Digital India, Ministry of Home Affairs

Murthy is an IT and security evangelist with diversified leadership experience in strategizing, architecting and executing IT and information security services. Currently he is CISO for Ministry of Home Affairs under Digital India program. Formerly, he has held positions like CISO for India's prestigious program UIDAI, senior principal consultant, program manager and advisor for very large scale programs across the globe. He has proven leadership skills in management of large teams, complex programs, and customer portfolio across government, telecom, IT and BSFI industry segments.

S.V. Sunder Krishnan

S.V. Sunder Krishnan

Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Reliance Life Insurance Company

Krishnan serves as the chief risk officer at Reliance Life Insurance Company and served as its executive vice president. Krishnan is responsible for overseeing risk management, internal audit and compliance functions. He has more than 23 years of experience and knowledge in internal audits, compliance, assurance consulting and risk management. He has worked for various leading organizations such as DSP Merrill Lynch, ING Vysya, Credit Lyonnais, Standard Chartered, Bank International Indonesia, Ernst & Young and Delloitte at senior and middle management positions with exposure to businesses and operations in more than 12 countries.

Adv. Prashant Mali

Adv. Prashant Mali

President, Cyber Law Consulting (Advocates & Attorneys)

Mali, a leading expert in Indian cyber law, is the president and founder of Mumbai-based Cyber Law Consulting. He has more than 20 years of experience. Mali is a frequent speaker at industry events, in the media and in government circles. He is the chairman of the Cyber Law & Security Committee of the Indian National Bar Association. Mali is a visiting faculty member at various law colleges and institutions in India. He is also the author of six books in the domain.

Dr. Siva Sivasubramanian

Dr. Siva Sivasubramanian

Global CISO, Bharti Airtel Ltd

Sivasubramanian is an IT professional of senior management experience gained by working for organizations around the world. He is currently the global head of security for Bharti Airtel. Siva is a transformation champion, and in his earlier stint at SingTel Optus as CISO, he successfully transformed a back office security function into a strategic business enabler and a channel for enhancing customer experience. As a keen researcher on innovation, he enjoys driving innovation in the domains he works through mind set changes and building of new knowledge.

Dinesh Bareja

Dinesh Bareja

Principal Advisor, Pyramid Cyber Security & Forensics, Dubai & India

Bareja has been a practicing Information Security and Management professional for the past decade. He is a security and infrastructure specialist with experience in the government and enterprise domain for security audit, architecture, strategy, policy definition, planning, and optimization. He has been engaged with Jharkhand State Police - Cyber Defense Research Centre as cyber surveillance advisor and with other organizations like Bombay Stock Exchange as Technical Member - IGRC; Founder of Indian Honeynet Project; Mentor and Advisor with Ground Zero Security Conference and Cyber Peace Foundation. He is a regular speaker at cybersecurity events and has delivered lectures on security, governance, policies, and infrastructure issues at various security conferences including iSafe Dubai and to closed security groups in government. Dinesh is a member of ISACA, India-InfoSec Group, DSCI, National Anti-Hacking Group, ACFE, PRIMA, OWASP, NULL, Information Sharing & Research Association (ISRA), ClubHack, Cyber Peace Foundation and others.

Felix Mohan

Felix Mohan

Chief Executive Officer, Cybersecurity Academy

In 2013 Mohan founded CISO Academy, an all-encompassing cybersecurity company focused on skill development and capacity building, consulting and advisory as well as cybersecurity awareness. Prior to this, he was the Senior VP and Global CISO at Bharti Airtel responsible for managing information risk, business continuity and compliance across 22 countries in Africa, India and South Asia, and Bharti Group companies. Prior to Airtel, he was Director of Indian Navy's IT and CEO of SecureSynergy, a managed security services company. Mohan is on the board of advisors of various companies, initiatives and associations, including: member of the National Task Force on information security set up by the Prime Minister's Office under the auspices of the National Security Council to define India's Cybersecurity Roadmap, Co-Chair of the Industry Working Group of the Indo-US Cyber Security Forum and DOT Working Group on Telecom Security, Chair of the CII National Committee on Data Security, Member of the Sub-Committees of the Government-Industry Joint Working Group for PPP and Cybersecurity Policy, and Advisory Board of IBM, Blue Coat, Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC @ IIIT-Delhi) and RSA Security for Business Innovation Council. He is also a regular speaker on Cybersecurity and info-warfare at national and international conferences, prestigious national institutions and media-led conferences and conclaves.

Dr. N. Rajendran

Dr. N. Rajendran

Chief Technology Officer, National Payments Council of India

Having over 22 years of technology experience, mostly into payment system, Rajendran has managed key portfolios mainly into- designing, implementing and operations at some of the biggest financial networks in the country- Indian Financial Network(INFINET), NFS and NPCINET, which include ATMs, POS, payment gateway, payment switch, network security, network & system administration, infrastructure development, information security management, and consulting experience with large banks. Rajendran is the Chief Technology Officer in NPCI. In this role, he is responsible for the entire technology payments systems- including payment application's operations, projects, infrastructure architecture, data centre management, it security and implementing key strategic initiatives. Rajendran has been responsible for perfecting NPCI's system, processes and controls that essentially require quality standardization to support the goal of the company that is- 'Touching every Indian by 2020.' He is credited as one of the key founders of National Financial Switch (NFS) and played crucial role in architecting and establishing NPCI's biggest Payment network- NPCINet, , which now has robust architecture and supports over 100 member banks with over two lakh ATMs and over 100 lakh transactions per day, collectively. Under his leadership, NPCI has been able to achieve some of the technology benchmarks including - PCI DSS certification project, data center establishment & data center migration, building payment platform for NFS, CTS, RuPay, ACH, APBS, IMPS , AEPS and UPI. Actively involved in creating digital payment systems, product initiatives including Unified Payment Interface (UPI).

Vaidyanathan R Iyer

Vaidyanathan R Iyer

Business Unit Executive, IBM Security - India/South Asia

Iyer is the Business Unit Executive for IBM Security - India/South Asia. A top Management professional with 24 years of experience in Information Security Consulting, Sales, Marketing , Technical and Training expertise. He is a CISA CISM COBIT 5 (F) certified and PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Ashutosh Jain

Ashutosh Jain

Chief Information Security Officer, Axis Bank

Jain is CISO with Axis Bank. He provides strategic direction and delivers cyber security, information risk and security governance at Axis Bank, including eight international branches. His earlier career has spanned across the following organizations: Barclays Bank, where he headed multiple roles for technology risk, information risk for India and emerging markets, a cluster of 14 countries across Asia and Africa; Nomura India, where he headed the technology governance, global IT security operations, global IT security engineering and Asia technology risk teams for the global investment bank, based out of India; AXA Business Services, where he managed enterprise risk as CISO; Bank of America, where he established the technology audit function for South Asia, and was responsible for bank audits in the South Asia and Far East Region; PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was responsible for operations and systems risk management services for various engagements in business process controls, application reviews and IS security. He has been a consistent technology and information risk specialist for past 19 years, becoming a practical problem solver, lateral thinker, and adaptive communicator. Jain's core competencies include business process controls, applications risks, technology infrastructure risks, business continuity and disaster recovery risks, technology audits and identity and access management controls, technology forensics and investigations. Jain is a CISA and PDGM - information systems & finance.

K. K. Mookhey

K. K. Mookhey

Founder, NII Consulting

Mookhey is the principal consultant and founder at Network Intelligence as well as the founder of The Institute of Information Security. He is a distinguished expert in the field of IT governance, information risk management, forensic fraud investigations, compliance and business continuity, internationally. He has more than a decade of experience in the field, and some of his clients include the Indian Navy, the United Nations, Abu Dhabi & Dubai Stock Exchanges, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Saudi Telecom, Capgemini, BNP Paribas and the Mumbai Crime Branch, among others.

Pavan Duggal

Pavan Duggal

Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top four Cyber Lawyers in the world. While a practicing advocate, Supreme Court of India, he has made an immense impact with an international reputation as an expert and authority on cyberlaw, E-Commerce law and cyber security law. An internationally renowned expert and authority on cyberlaw, Duggal has also the credit of having done pioneering work in the field of mobile law, convergence law and dark net law. He is the president of Cyberlaw Asia, Asia's pioneering organization committed to the passing of dynamic cyberlaws in the Asian continent. He is also a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals. Duggal has been the member of the Public Interest Registry's. Org Advisory Council. He is a member of ICT Policy and Governance Working Group of the UNICT Taskforce. He is thelLegal and policy consultant to Internet Mark 2 Project, which is examining the next level of Internet. He has been associated with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India on Cyberlaw and Electronic Governance legal issues. He is an advisor of Indian Infosec Consortium. Duggal is a member of advisory committee on E-Governance in Karnataka constituted by the government of Karnataka. Duggal is a member of Information Forensic Working Group on e-Information Systems, Security and Audit Association.

Sethu S Raman

Sethu S Raman

Senior Vice President & CRO, MphasiS

Sethu S Raman is a Senior Risk Management Professional with 23 years of Strategic and Operational Risk experience in Financial & IT Sectors, and across different geographies. Managing risk in its manifold manifestation and converting risk into an opportunity is his motto. Presently he is the Chief Risk Officer at Mphasis and has a global responsibility. As a CRO he has pioneered the implementation of the ERM framework and has elevated risk discussion to the board level. Apart from managing the key risks, he has also ensured that a risk culture is embedded within the organization. Prior to this he has been with CSC, Reserve Bank of India and is a veteran from Indian Army. In addition to few assignments in US and Australia, Sethu has been a guest faculty to some of the renowned training institutions. He has been the Program Director of ISACA-Hyderabad Chapter in the past and is presently the Chairperson of ASIS - Bangalore Chapter.