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.

CISO Connect Virtual Summit Highlights 2020

32+


Renowned Speakers

1000+


InfoSec
Leaders

16


Captivating Sessions

100


CISO
Awards

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

Nomination for Defenders 100 Awards 2021

Nomination Closed !

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.

Judgment in these criteria will be based on:

  • 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

Agenda Highlights

Keynotes by Visionary Leaders

Our keynote sessions have always been star attractions for our discerning attendees. Our keynote speakers are highly knowledgeable leaders with visionary outlooks. They will not only set the right tone and agenda for the other sessions but also ignite the minds with thoughts of brilliance and ideas of transformative innovation.


CISO Awards (Defenders 100)

Defenders 100 Awards is an initiative to identify hard work, talent, innovation and effort of those CISOs for protecting sensitive information of their organizations. This award not only recognizes the best CISOs / InfoSec Leaders, but also establishes the increasing trend of current and future role of CISOs in Indian Industry.


CISO-led Discussions

These thought leadership exchanges will be held in panel-discussion formats. Each power group will discuss ideas and share best practices around a given information security theme to drive meaningful outcomes and takeaways for the attendees. The panels will primarily be constituted of CISOs, with minority representations by the industry. The discussions will be technology- and vendor-agnostic to ensure objectivity and fair value for all.


Industry-driven Knowledge Sessions

Providers of infosec products and solutions are continually investing in hardening their offerings against the potential breaches that keep getting more and more sophisticated. They are also investing in building research-driven insights across various sectors and geos, which gives them an early peek into the changing threat landscape. This enables them to speak with authority on future infosec trends and potential prevention frameworks, which is what they will be doing in these knowledge sessions.


Networking Opportunities

Networking opportunity for solution and service providers with industry top decision makers via digital exhibition, live chats etc.

Agenda & Schedule 2020

Note: Agenda & Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Day 01

    November 7, 2020

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

By: Deepak Kumar, Executive Editor, BitStream Mediaworks

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

Offensive Security: Combating Cyber Security Challenges in the Era of Working Remotely

By: Shree Parthasarathy, Leader - Cyber & Strategic Services, Deloitte South Asia, CTIO, Deloitte APAC Cyber

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Extending Zero Trust Paradigm: A Practical Approach for Organisations to Implement to all Application Areas

Moderator: Burgess Cooper, Partner - Cybersecurity, Ernst & Young

Panelists:
  • Vishwas Pitre, Vice President, CISO & Data Privacy Officer, Zensar Technologies Limited
  • Dilip Panjwani, CISO & IT Controller, L&T Infotech
  • Keyur Desai, CIO-Essar Ports & Shipping, Head InfoSecurity, Essar Group
  • Kamaljit Chawla, Business Unit Executive, IBM Security Services - India/SA
  • Meetali Sharma, Head - Risk, Compliance & Information Security, SDG Corporation
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

IBM Security Strategy: Drive Security into the Fabric of Business

By: Harjinder Takher, Solution Design Lead, IBM Security Services, India & South Asia, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Maintaining High Level of Security During Times of Uncertainty

By: Satbir Singh, Lead Technical Consultant, CrowdStrike

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

Artificially Intelligent: A Threat to Humanity?

By: Kanishk Gaur, Director – Cyber & Digital Transformation, Ernst & Young

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Ask the Leaders -- An Inside View into What’s Next for Cybersecurity

Moderator: Kartik Shahani, Country Manager, Tenable India

Panelists:
  • Akhil Verma, CISO, Airtel Payments Bank
  • Mosharraf Imam, CISO & Div Head - IT, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ravinder Arora, Global CISO, Infogain India Pvt Ltd
  • Vijay Mishra, Director & IT Business Partner Group IT, Capgemini Ltd
  • Upkar Singh, Director - IT, FIS Global
  • Pooja Bansal, CISO, IGT Solutions
  • Mansi Thapar, CISO, Jaguar Group
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

The "Future Ready" Security Operations Center

By: Tom Corn, Senior Vice President, Security Products, VMware Inc

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion:

Demystifying Third Party Risks in Your Cloud Journey. Do Multi-cloud Makes Security More Complex?

Moderator: Archie Jackson, Senior Director (Head - IT & Security), Incedo Inc

Panelists:
  • Harshad Mengle, CISO, Future Group
  • Vishant Pai, Head - GRC and CISO, Yotta Infrastructure Solutions
  • Vijay Devnath, GM /I&S, MDMS & CISO, Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)
  • Kiran Komatla, Sr Vice President & CIO, Burger King
  • Sudeep K Das, Technical Sales Leader, IBM Security Systems, ISA
  • Prasanna Lohar ,Head - Innovation & Technical Architect, DCB Bank
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Defenders 100 Awards -- Part 1 (Virtual Distribution)

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Modernize your security operations center with connected security

By: Ranjan Verma, Client Technical Professional, IBM Global Markets - Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

Panel Discussion:

Zero Trust – From Network to Advanced Endpoint and Workload Security

Moderator: * Venkat Nippani, Partner – Cyber Security, PwC

Panelists:
  • Debojit Maitra, CISO, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd
  • Ravinder Arora, Global CISO, Infogain India Pvt Ltd
  • Venkat Thoutam, Director & ISO - Dell Digital, Security & Resiliency, Dell Technologies
  • Shaik J Ahmed, Head - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre
  • Nitin Varma, Managing Director - India & SAARC, CrowdStrike
3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Challenges and Road Ahead in Securing Virtual & Digital world

By: Jaspreet Singh, Risk Consulting Markets Leader, Ernst & Young

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Defenders 100 Awards -- Part 2 (Virtual Distribution)

4:20 PM - 4:30

Lucky Draws Announcement / Thank You Note / Closing Remarks

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 Verma

CISO, Airtel Payment Bank


Archie Jackson

Sr. Director, Head IT & Security – Cyber Security, Incedo Inc


Burgess Cooper

Partner – Cyber Security, Ernst & Young


Debojit Maitra

CISO, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd



Deepak Kumar

Executive Editor, BitStream Mediaworks Pvt Ltd


Dilip Panjwani

CISO & IT Controller , L&T Infotech


Harjinder Takher

Solution Design Lead, IBM Security Services, India & South Asia, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software


Harshad Mengle

Group CISO , Future Group




Jaspreet Singh

Risk Consulting Markets Leader, Ernst & Young


Kamaljit Chawla

Business Unit Executive - IBM Security Services, ISA


Kanishk Gaur

Director – Cyber & Digital Transformation,Ernst & Young


Kartik Shahani

Country Manager,Tenable India



Keyur Desai

CIO-Essar Ports & Shipping, Head InfoSecurity,Essar Group


Kiran Komatla

Sr Vice President & CIO, Burger King


Mansi Thapar

CISO, Jaguar Group



Meetali Sharma

Head - Risk, Compliance & Information Security, SDG Corporation


Mosharraf Imam

CISO & Division Head - IT, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.


Nitin Varma

Managing Director - India & SAARC, CrowdStrike


Pooja Bansal

CISO, IGT Solutions


Prasanna Lohar

Head - Innovation & Technical Architect, DCB Bank


Ranjan Verma

Client Technical Professional, IBM Global Markets - Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms


Ravinder Arora

Global CISO, Infogain



Satbir Singh

Lead Technical Consultant, CrowdStrike



Shaik J Ahmed

Head - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre



Shree Parthasarathy

Leader - Cyber & Strategic Services Deloitte South Asia, CTIO, Deloitte APAC Cyber


Sudeep K Das

Technical Sales Leader, IBM Security Systems, ISA


Tom Corn

Senior Vice President, Security Products, VMware Inc


Upkar Singh

Director IT , FIS Global



Venkat Nippani

Partner – Cyber Security, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Venkat Thoutam

Director & ISO - Dell Digital, Security & Resiliency, Dell Technologies


Vijay Devnath

GM /I&S, MDMS & CISO, Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)


Vijay Mishra

Director - Group IT, Capgemini India



Vishant Pai

Head - GRC and CISO, Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP



Vishwas Pitre

VP, 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.
  • Brand Exposure.
    Extensive online exposure during COVID-19 to your brand through pre- and post-event promotions.
  • Strategic Relationship.
    Opportunity to build strategic relationships

Contact Us

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