CISO CONNECT Virtual + DEFENDERS 100 Awards

The Covid-19 induced global disruptions coupled with data breaches taking place around the world have forced InfoSec leaders to find new ways to address the cybersecurity challenges in securing the distributed work environment and safeguarding mission-critical services that are in process of moving to the cloud. For organisations to have better visibility and a robust security posture, cybersecurity is no longer an option but a high priority necessity.

Experts believe that as always, the new security challenges will put the InfoSec leaders and CISOs in a critical position as they traverse the unknown path of new security threats and data breaches. As we prepare for the ‘next normal' after a period of unprecedented disruptions, we must consolidate on the latest rapid adoption in cybersecurity technologies and learn from past mistakes.

The InfoSec leaders and CISOs have always embraced the latest cybersecurity technologies and delivered the results. In every situation, whether it is about -- keeping pace with evolving threat landscapes, adopting AI and ML to enhance cybersecurity capabilities, securing cloud infrastructure, fortifying digital transformation strategy for post-Covid operations, prioritising and integration of governance, risk and compliance in the 'new normal', delivering an agile SOC, or adopting zero trust approach to security -- the cyber warriors have always stood against the invisible adversaries and proved their mettle.

BitStream Mediaworks has been holding annual awards ceremony (Defenders 100) for the past two years, honouring the top InfoSec leaders and CISOs by well-known industry luminaries. For this year also, we intend to felicitate 100 elite CISOs and InfoSec leaders of India who have given their best to make their organisations secure and cyber resilient. This year, come October, 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 800+ 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

32+


Renowned Speakers

800+


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

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

    October 20, 2021-Wednesday

  • Track 02

    October 20, 2021 -Wednesday

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening & Welcome Note

By: Inam Abidi, Consulting Editor - CIO AXIS, BitStream Mediaworks

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Keynote: Fearless with Zero Trust

By: Martin Borrett, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Security, EMEA

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM

Panel Discussion: Designing Trust for a World of Clouds: Redefining Your Cloud Security and Risk Strategy

Moderator:Burgess Cooper, Partner – Cybersecurity & Deputy Leader, Ernst & Young

Panelists:
  • Ninad Chavan, CISO, Edelweiss General Insurance Co Ltd
  • Navaneethan M, CISO & Sr Vice President, Groww
  • Jobin T. Akkara, CISO, Chola MS General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Bijender Mishra, CISO, Alkem Laboratories Limited
11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

Keynote: Improve Business outcome with SaaS Managed Security Services

By: Ravindra Baviskar, Director - Sales Engineering, Sophos

11:25 PM - 12:10 PM

Fireside Chat: Why Zero Trust? Why Now?

Participants:
  • Tushar Haralkar, Security Software Technical Sales Leader, IBM Technology Sales, India-South Asia
  • Manoj K Shrivastava, CISO, Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Ninad Chavan, CISO, Edelweiss General Insurance Co Ltd
  • Priya Kanduri, CTO & Vice President, Cyber Security Services, Happiest Minds
12:10 PM - 12:45 PM

Defending Against the Dangerous Wave of Mobile Threats

By: Satyakam Jyotiprakash, Harmony Security Lead - India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Is Security Automation the Future of Enterprise Defense?

Moderator: Chandra Prakash Suryawanshi, Partner - Cyber Security, KPMG India

Panelists:
  • Venkata Satish Guttula, Director - Security, Rediff.com India Ltd
  • M V J Sastry, AGM - CISO Office, Union Bank of India
  • Dhruv Khanna, Co-Founder - Data Resolve, Founder-Desksight.AI, Data Resolve Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Saurabh Gugnani, Head - Information Security, PeopleStrong Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Ravindra Baviskar, Director - Sales Engineering, Sophos
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Defenders 100 Awards (Part - 1)

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

What? Why? And When of SASE

By: Ajay Dubey, Country Head – Mid Market & Channels, Forcepoint

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Overcoming Challenges in Safeguarding Financial Institutions from Next-Gen Cyber Threats

Moderator: Prashant Sankhla, Executive Director, KPMG India

Panelists:
  • T R Venkateswaran, CISO (DGM), Punjab National Bank
  • Srihari Kotni, CISO & Vice President, Reliance Payment Solutions Ltd
  • Muneer H KongaWani, CISO, The J&K Bank Ltd
  • Kalpesh Doshi, CISO - India, FIS Global
  • Hitesh Pathak, Lead - Security Engineering, India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies
3:20 PM - 4:15 PM

Panel Discussion:

Zero Trust -- Enabling Trust in a Digital, Data-driven World

Moderator: Agnidipta Sarkar, Group CISO, Biocon Ltd

Panelists:
  • Yogesh Kumar, CISO & Head of IT & Business Applications, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd
  • Shaibal Saha, Digital Trust Leader - Asia Pacific, IBM Security, IBM
  • Avinash Dharmadhikari, CISO, Persistent Systems
  • Gopi Thangavel, VP & Head – Infrastructure & Security Operations, Reliance Industries Limited
4:15 PM - 5:10 PM

Building an Agile Future-Proof Network on (Cloud-Based) SD-WAN

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

Participants:
  • Sanjiv Kumar Jain, Group CIO, Krishna Group
  • Dr Rizwan Ahmed, CTO, delaPlex
  • Rajeev Khade, Vice President & Global Head - IT, Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sander Teunissen, Director - Channel & Sales EMEA & APAC, Teridion
  • Ramkumar Mohan, CIO, Air Works Group
5:10 PM - 6:05 PM

Panel Discussion:

How AI and ML Are “Helping” and “Hurting” Cybersecurity?

Moderator: * Dilip Panjwani, CISO & IT Controller, LTI (A Larsen & Toubro Company)

Panelists:
  • K M Reddy, CISO, Union Bank of India
  • Vinod Bhat, CIO, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd (Vistara)
  • Rajeev Khade, Vice President - Global IT, Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp. Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shaik J Ahmed, Head - Information Security & DPO, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India Pvt Ltd
  • Vaisakh Rajeevan, Founder & Chief Architect, Prophaze Technologies
6:05 PM - 6:25 PM

Defenders 100 Awards (Part - 2)

6:25 PM - 6:30

Thank You Note / Closing Remarks

10:30 PM – 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Anatomy of Cyberattacks on OT Networks and Overcoming Challenges

Moderator: Kanishk Gaur, Founder, India Future Foundation
Panellists:
  • Vijaykumar Ramachandran, Associate Vice President - IT, Praj Industries Limited
  • Arvind Koul, Head - IT Infra & Security (Group IT), Minda Industries Limited
  • Sudeep Kumar Das, Security Engineering Manager - India & APAC, Tenable
12:00 PM – 01:20 PM

Roundtable Panel Discussion: Demystifying Next-Gen Data Protection

Moderator: Archie Jackson, Sr Director (Head - IT & Security), ‎Incedo Inc.
Panellists:
  • Nick Savvides, Senior Director of Strategic Business -- APAC, Forcepoint
  • Malini Rao, Head of Data Security & Cyber Investigations, Wipro Limited
  • Ranjeet Rai, Head - Enterprise Cybersecurity, Abbott Laboratories
  • Bijender Mishra, CISO, Alkem Laboratories Ltd
  • Manish Chandegara, Head - IT & CISO, Aditya Birla Group
  • Ameya Sathye, Vice President - Head IT Security and Cyber Defense, IIFL
  • Manjunath Prasad, Asst. Vice President - ITS, TVS & Sons Pvt Ltd
  • Anis Pankhania, CISO, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Capgemini
  • Amrendra Kumar, VP - Security Opertaions, Jio Platforms Limited
2:30 PM – 03:20 PM

Panel Discussion: Boards and Cybersecurity: Robust Oversight ‘Now’ for a Secure ‘Next’

Moderator: Kumar Ravi, CISO, Teleperformance India
Panellists:
  • Satyanandan Atyam, Chief Risk Officer, Tata AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Neha Taneja, Head - Cybersecurity, Cairn Oil and Gas - Vedanta Ltd
  • Dr. Jitendra Mohan, CIO & CISO, Coforge
  • Vijay Devnath, CISO, Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)
  • Dhruv Khanna, Co-Founder - DataResolve, Founder - Desksight.AI
  • Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, CISO & Sr Vice President, InMobi Group
4:30 PM – 05:40 PM

Panel Discussion: Advanced Threat Defence -- EDR vs MDR vs XDR? Is XDR Something Bigger or Just Another Acronym?

Moderator: Kapil Mehrotra, CTO, National Commodities Management Services Ltd
Panellists:
  • Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, CISO & Sr Vice President, InMobi Group
  • Makesh Chandramohan, Group CISO, Aditya Birla Capital Ltd
  • Pradipta Patro, Head - Cyber security & IT, KEC International Ltd (RPG Group)
  • Rajendra Pawar, CISO, Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd

Eminent Speakers

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.



Agnidipta Sarkar

Group CISO , Biocon Ltd


Ajay Dubey

Country Head – Mid Market & Channels , Forcepoint


Ameya-Sathye

Vice President - Head IT Security and Cyber Defense , IIFL


Amrendra Kumar

VP - Security Operations, Jio Platforms Limited


Anis Pankhania

CISO, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Capgemini


Archie Jackson

Sr. Director, Head IT & Security, Incedo Inc


Arvind Koul

Head - IT Infra & Security (Group IT), Minda Industries Limited



Avinash Dharmadhikari

CISO, Persistent Systems




Bijender Mishra

CISO , Alkem Laboratories Limited


Burgess Cooper

Partner – Cyber Security, Ernst & Young


Chandra Prakash Suryawanshi

Partner, Cyber Security , KPMG


Dhruv Khanna

Co-Founder - DataResolve, Founder-Desksight.AI , Data Resolve Technologies Pvt Ltd



Dilip Panjwani

CISO, Larsen & Toubro


Dr Rizwan Ahmed

CTO, delaPlex


Gopi Thangavel

VP & Head – Infrastructure & Security Operations , Reliance Industries Limited


Hitesh Pathak

Lead - Security Engineering, India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies




Jitendra Mohan Bhardwaj

CIO & CISO , Coforge


Jobin T.Akkara

CISO , Chola MS General Insurance Co. Ltd.


K M Reddy

CISO , Union Bank of India


Kalpesh Doshi

CISO, India , FIS Global



Kapil Mehrotra

CTO , National Collateral Management Services Limited


Kumar Ravi

CISO, Teleperformance India


M V J Sastry

AGM - CISO Office , Union Bank of India


Makesh Chandramohan

Group CISO , Aditya Birla Capital Ltd



Malini Rao

Head of Data Security & Cyber Investigations , Wipro Limited


Manish Chandegara

Head - IT & CISO , Aditya Birla Group


Manjunath Prasad

Asst. Vice President - ITS , TVS & Sons Pvt Ltd


Manoj K Shrivastava

CISO, Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd


Martin Borrett

IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Security EMEA, IBM


Mini Gupta

Partner ,Ernst & Young



Muneer H KongaWani

CISO , The J&K Bank Ltd



Navaneethan M

CISO & Sr Vice President , Groww



Neha Taneja

Head - Cybersecurity , Cairn Oil and Gas - Vedanta Ltd


Nick Savvides

Senior Director of Strategic Business -- APAC , Forcepoint


Ninad Chavan

CISO , Edelweiss General Insurance Company Ltd


Pradipta Patro

Head - Cyber security & IT , KEC international Ltd


Priya Kanduri

CTO & Vice President, Cyber Security services, Happiest Minds


Prashant Sankhla

Executive Director , KPMG



Rajeev Khade

Vice President - Global IT , Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp. Pvt. Ltd.


Rajendra Pawar

CISO , Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd



Ramkumar Mohan

CIO, Air Works Group



Ranjeet Rai

Head - Enterprise Cybersecurity , Abbott Laboratories


Ravindra Baviskar

Director - Sales Engineering , Sophos


S Srikanth

CISO , TVS Motor Company



Sander Teunissen

Director - Channel & Sales EMEA & APAC, Teridion


Sanjiv Kumar Jain

Group CIO, Krishna Group


Satish Kumar Dwibhashi

CISO & Sr Vice President, InMobi Group



Satyanandan Atyam

CRO (Chief Risk Officer) , Tata AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd.


Saurabh Gugnani

Head - Information Security , PeopleStrong Technologies Pvt Ltd



Shaibal Saha

Digital Trust Leader, Asia Pacific, IBM Security , IBM



Shaik J Ahmed

Head - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre


Srihari Kotni

CISO & Vice President , Reliance Payment Solutions Ltd



Sudeep Kumar Das

Security Engineering Manager - India & APAC , Tenable



SV Sunder Krishnan

CRO (Chief Risk Officer) , Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Co Ltd


T R Venkateswaran

CISO (DGM) , Punjab National Bank




Tushar Haralkar

Security Software Technical Sales Leader, IBM Technology Sales, India-South Asia



Vaisakh Rajeevan

Founder & Chief Architect, Prophaze Technologies



Venkata Satish Guttula

Director - Security , Rediff.com India Ltd


Vijay Devnath

CISO , Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)



Vijaykumar Ramachandran

Associate Vice President - IT, Praj Industries Limited



Vinod Bhat

CIO , Tata SIA Airlines Ltd (Vistara)


Yogesh Kumar

CISO & Head of IT & Business Applications , Tata Advanced Systems

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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.

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    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.
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    Be visibly present and seen by InfoSec leaders are partner of choice in delivering the CISO agenda.
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