CISO CONNECT Virtual + DEFENDERS 100 Awards
The last few months have been unprecedentedly challenging but also equally reassuring. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world, organizations quickly turned to digital technologies to ensure business continuity and serve their customers.
Almost overnight, employees were enabled with work-from-home options. Massive shifts in IT access and usage led to an unprecedented strain on the existing IT security policies and practices. The time-tested security architectures, principles, and rules crumbled and new rules had to be written and implemented on the fly. Further, boundaries between cyber threats and insider threats suddenly seemed to merge and melt away, thus making it nearly impossible to separate one threat from the other.
CISOs and their teams, alarmed at the gravity of the challenge, quickly responded with definitive actions. They lost no time in introducing policies such as zero-trust and deploying the tools needed for tackling issues at hand.
For the last ten years, it has been BitStreamMediaworks’ endeavor to hold an annual awards ceremony (Defenders 100) where the leading CISOs are felicitated by well-known industry luminaries. This year, come November, and we will be holding the award function on a very interactive virtual platform.
As always, the awards will be preceded by a multitude of knowledge-packed sessions (Virtual CISO | Connect Summit) to trigger thought-leading innovations to bring India's 1000+ CISOs, CTOs, CROs, CIOs, IT Heads, InfoSec leaders and managers from private, public and govt organizations and global security experts under one roof to discuss various information security threats and best-possible effective intelligent solutions available.
Who Should Attend?
- Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)
- Chief Risk Officers (CROs)
- Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
- Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)
- Chief Data Officers (CDOs)
- General Manger, Asst General Managers - IT
- Data Scientists & Analysts
- Data Center Heads
- Enterprise Architects
- Cybersecurity Consultants
- Data Protection Officers (DPOs)
- VP, AVP – IT / Security
- Risk Officers and Managers
- Head – IT & Security Dept
- Manager - IT / Security
Judging Process for Defenders 100
Submissions for Defenders 100 Awards must align with the category for which they are nominated and are judged based upon completeness and accuracy of the information provided. Nominations are also judged based on the overall influence, effectiveness and success of the nominees’ project, initiative or improvement.
Nominators may be contacted by any member of panel of juries. The panel of 7 judges selected, each represent a different segment of industry and bring to the forum their extensive knowledge and experience. The jury’s judgment will be considered as final one.
- Industry type
- Organization size
- Factors driving organization’s information security spending
- Evaluation of information security spending
- Security measures deployed or to be deployed
- Size and complexity of projects undertaken/delivered
- Security assurance
Eminent Speakers 2020
Best CISOs deserve the best of breed national and international speakers, experts, analysts from IT Security domain as well as thought leaders. Please visit this section later for update as we are working on shortlisting the most competitive set of speakers for you.
Akhil VermaCISO, Airtel Payment Bank
Archie JacksonSr. Director, Head IT & Security – Cyber Security, Incedo Inc
Burgess CooperPartner – Cyber Security, Ernst & Young
Debojit MaitraCISO, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd
Deepak KumarExecutive Editor, BitStream Mediaworks Pvt Ltd
Dilip PanjwaniCISO & IT Controller , L&T Infotech
Harjinder TakherSolution Design Lead, IBM Security Services, India & South Asia, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
Harshad MengleGroup CISO , Future Group
Jaspreet SinghRisk Consulting Markets Leader, Ernst & Young
Kamaljit ChawlaBusiness Unit Executive - IBM Security Services, ISA
Kanishk GaurDirector – Cyber & Digital Transformation,Ernst & Young
Kartik ShahaniCountry Manager,Tenable India
Keyur DesaiCIO-Essar Ports & Shipping, Head InfoSecurity,Essar Group
Kiran KomatlaSr Vice President & CIO, Burger King
Mansi ThaparCISO, Jaguar Group
Meetali SharmaHead - Risk, Compliance & Information Security, SDG Corporation
Mosharraf ImamCISO & Division Head - IT, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Nitin VarmaManaging Director - India & SAARC, CrowdStrike
Pooja BansalCISO, IGT Solutions
Prasanna LoharHead - Innovation & Technical Architect, DCB Bank
Ranjan VermaClient Technical Professional, IBM Global Markets - Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms
Ravinder AroraGlobal CISO, Infogain
Satbir SinghLead Technical Consultant, CrowdStrike
Shaik J AhmedHead - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre
Shree ParthasarathyLeader - Cyber & Strategic Services Deloitte South Asia, CTIO, Deloitte APAC Cyber
Sudeep K DasTechnical Sales Leader, IBM Security Systems, ISA
Tom CornSenior Vice President, Security Products, VMware Inc
Upkar SinghDirector IT , FIS Global
Venkat NippaniPartner – Cyber Security, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Venkat ThoutamDirector & ISO - Dell Digital, Security & Resiliency, Dell Technologies
Vijay DevnathGM /I&S, MDMS & CISO, Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)
Vijay MishraDirector - Group IT, Capgemini India
Vishant PaiHead - GRC and CISO, Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP
Vishwas PitreVP, CISO & Data Privacy Officer, Zensar Technologies Limited
Event Partners 2020
Why Partner with Us?
With this initiative, we provide you with the unique opportunity to reach out to 600+ of the most influential CISO's, InfoSec leaders, and other CXOs across the nation, all under one roof. Attendees at this conference also includes from award ceremony who are the winners of most prestigious Defenders 100 awards – normally difficult to reach executives. It’s an excellent platform for companies to influence with brand profiling, networking, and to ensure market position.
Also, sponsors can use this platform to show their support for technology and its leadership. Here are the key benefits of being an event sponsor:
Networking and Lead Generation.
Gain access to the most targeted, high-profiled influencers and decision-makers from key organizations. It gives you the opportunity for exclusive interaction with influential CXOs throughout the day.
Visibility for Your Brand.
Be visibly present and seen by InfoSec leaders are partner of choice in delivering the CISO agenda.
- Technology Showcase.
Demonstrate cutting edge technologies through virtual exhibition stalls to 600+ security professionals.
Extensive online exposure during COVID-19 to your brand through pre- and post-event promotions.
- Strategic Relationship.
Opportunity to build strategic relationships