In an interview with TechShots, Infogain Global CISO Ravinder Arora has said that work-life balance in the pandemic has helped many, including himself, to keep themselves motivated and maximise team productivity. Stating that while the pandemic proposed new challenges with regards to connecting with people, having a good exercise regime helped him stay on his toes and alert in dealing with any Cybersecurity threats as and when required.
Vikram GR has joined Wipro from Diageo India, as their new CISO. At Wipro, he will design and execute the company’s security strategy, alongside IT compliance. Having previously worked with global organisations such as EY, Protiviti, and Paladion, Vikram is credited with innovative cybersecurity awareness programs and the establishment of mechanisms for effective communication to senior leadership in his decade-long career.
Cyber threat intelligence company, Cyble has hired Rishi Mehta as their new CISO. The company specialises in empowering global organisations with dark web, cybercrime monitoring and mitigation services. Mehta is a veteran with experience of over two decades. He formerly worked with Target for six years as Senior Director, Technology. He has also worked with Religare, CitiFinancial, and Genpact. At Cyble he is expected to manage infosec functions.
Godrej & Boyce has appointed Ambarish Singh as a CISO. Singh, in his new role, Singh will head the cybersecurity and risk management of the manufacturing firm. He had served Flipkart for over five years as a Senior Manager-Information Security. In the past, he served the Indian Navy for over two decades and retired as an Associate Director. Singh holds a Master’s degree in Cyber Security & Cyber Law and an MBA in IT.
Agnidipta Sarkar has joined Biocon as Group CISO. Bangalore, India based Biocon, Kirna Mazumdar-Shaw is a manufacture of generic active pharmaceutical ingredients. Sarkar, at Biocon, will be responsible for the cybersecurity and risk management domains in his new role. He was Director of Cybersecurity at CMS IT services for almost two years, before joining Bicon. Sarkar, having 30 years of experience, has worked with DXC Technologies, HPE, HP, etc.
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.