Tirthankar Dutta has joined Star & Disney India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India, as VP and CISO. In his new role, he will provide guidance and counsel to the leadership team and lead information security planning processes in the firm. Dutta will also be responsible for the compliance program for the entire company. He has over 14 years of experience and was previously serving Infoedge, as Sr VP & Head of Information Security.
Cisco’s revenue declined for a fifth straight quarter, as enterprises spent less on network infrastructure products for offices due to the rise of WFH culture. The poor performance sent the firm’s shares 4% down in extended trading. The infrastructure platforms unit, whose sales fell 3% in the quarter, took the biggest hit from the pandemic. The company’s total revenue fell slightly to $11.96 bn in the Q2 ended Jan 23, from $12.01 bn a year earlier.
Mumbai based Mathan Babu Kasilingam has joined Vodafone Idea as Chief Technology Security Officer & Data Privacy Officer. Kasilingam has replaced Amit Pradhan, who used to head cybersecurity at Vodafone-Idea. Kasilingam, in his last stint, was with NPCI where he served as CISO for three years. Kasilingam, in his new role, will be responsible for cybersecurity, digital security entities, data privacy norms, and other compliance-related work.
Rajat Maheshwari has joined PNB Housing Finance as CISO. He will be responsible for creating a new security framework on a risk-based approach at housing finance firm, along with governance, data security, and security assessment. Maheshwari, having 18 years of experience, has served Max Bupa Health Insurance as CISO in the recent past. A PG in Cyber Law & Security from IMT, Maheshwari’s specialises in Risk management, Data privacy, Audit & Compliance.
Rajendra Bhalerao, former CISO at SBM bank, had joined Scotiabank as a cybersecurity chief. Bhalerao, having expertise in introducing new tech around digital security and risk management, would be responsible for the bank’s cybersecurity framework and infrastructure. He has over 16 yrs of experience and in the past has worked with Paytm Payments Bank, NPCI, WNS, and more.
Kapil Madaan is the new CISO of global automotive firm Spark Minda Group. Madaan would be based out in Gurugram and will report to Ashok Jade, Group’s Chief Information & Technology Officer. Spark Minda has over 17,000 workforces worldwide and is into manufacturing of all sorts of vehicles — passenger, commercial, motorcycle, scooter and off-road. Madaan has over 12 years of work experience and was the cybersecurity leader at Max Healthcare previously.
IBM has acquired Instana, a multi-cloud application performance monitoring software platform that supports Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and more. Financial terms were not disclosed. This potentially positions IBM to compete more aggressively against Cisco AppDynamics, and other APM software providers. Chicago based Instana was founded in 2015 and so far it has raised $57 mn, the most recent round being Series C in 2018.
Online payment solutions provider PayU has appointed Prakash Padariya as Chief Information Security Officer, adding a key position to the India leadership team. In his new role, Padariya will lead and further strengthen PayU India security team, while ensuring alignment with PayU’s Global Security strategic initiatives and standards. Padariya was previously the CISO at GE India Technology Centre and joins PayU with over 17 years of experience in cybersecurity.
Bharti Airtel has launched Airtel Secure – a comprehensive suite of advanced cybersecurity solutions to secure business customers from all types of cyberthreats. The firm also unveiled its state-of-the art Security Intelligence Centre that’ll use AI/ML to mitigate potential threats by tracking SMBs on a 24/7 basis. This solution brings the collaborative effort from global leaders – Cisco, Radware, VMWare and Forcepoint.