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.
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
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 SarkarGroup CISO , Biocon Ltd
Ajay DubeyCountry Head – Mid Market & Channels , Forcepoint
Ameya-SathyeVice President - Head IT Security and Cyber Defense , IIFL
Amrendra KumarVP - Security Operations, Jio Platforms Limited
Anis PankhaniaCISO, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Capgemini
Archie JacksonSr. Director, Head IT & Security, Incedo Inc
Arvind KoulHead - IT Infra & Security (Group IT), Minda Industries Limited
Avinash DharmadhikariCISO, Persistent Systems
Bijender MishraCISO , Alkem Laboratories Limited
Burgess CooperPartner – Cyber Security, Ernst & Young
Chandra Prakash SuryawanshiPartner, Cyber Security , KPMG
Dhruv KhannaCo-Founder - DataResolve, Founder-Desksight.AI , Data Resolve Technologies Pvt Ltd
Dilip PanjwaniCISO, Larsen & Toubro
Dr Rizwan AhmedCTO, delaPlex
Gopi ThangavelVP & Head – Infrastructure & Security Operations , Reliance Industries Limited
Hitesh PathakLead - Security Engineering, India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies
Jitendra Mohan BhardwajCIO & CISO , Coforge
Jobin T.AkkaraCISO , Chola MS General Insurance Co. Ltd.
K M ReddyCISO , Union Bank of India
Kalpesh DoshiCISO, India , FIS Global
Kapil MehrotraCTO , National Collateral Management Services Limited
Kumar RaviCISO, Teleperformance India
M V J SastryAGM - CISO Office , Union Bank of India
Makesh ChandramohanGroup CISO , Aditya Birla Capital Ltd
Malini RaoHead of Data Security & Cyber Investigations , Wipro Limited
Manish ChandegaraHead - IT & CISO , Aditya Birla Group
Manjunath PrasadAsst. Vice President - ITS , TVS & Sons Pvt Ltd
Manoj K ShrivastavaCISO, Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd
Martin BorrettIBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Security EMEA, IBM
Mini GuptaPartner ,Ernst & Young
Muneer H KongaWaniCISO , The J&K Bank Ltd
Navaneethan MCISO & Sr Vice President , Groww
Neha TanejaHead - Cybersecurity , Cairn Oil and Gas - Vedanta Ltd
Nick SavvidesSenior Director of Strategic Business -- APAC , Forcepoint
Ninad ChavanCISO , Edelweiss General Insurance Company Ltd
Pradipta PatroHead - Cyber security & IT , KEC international Ltd
Priya KanduriCTO & Vice President, Cyber Security services, Happiest Minds
Prashant SankhlaExecutive Director , KPMG
Rajeev KhadeVice President - Global IT , Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp. Pvt. Ltd.
Rajendra PawarCISO , Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd
Ramkumar MohanCIO, Air Works Group
Ranjeet RaiHead - Enterprise Cybersecurity , Abbott Laboratories
Ravindra BaviskarDirector - Sales Engineering , Sophos
S SrikanthCISO , TVS Motor Company
Sander TeunissenDirector - Channel & Sales EMEA & APAC, Teridion
Sanjiv Kumar JainGroup CIO, Krishna Group
Satish Kumar DwibhashiCISO & Sr Vice President, InMobi Group
Satyanandan AtyamCRO (Chief Risk Officer) , Tata AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd.
Saurabh GugnaniHead - Information Security , PeopleStrong Technologies Pvt Ltd
Shaibal SahaDigital Trust Leader, Asia Pacific, IBM Security , IBM
Shaik J AhmedHead - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre
Srihari KotniCISO & Vice President , Reliance Payment Solutions Ltd
Sudeep Kumar DasSecurity Engineering Manager - India & APAC , Tenable
SV Sunder KrishnanCRO (Chief Risk Officer) , Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Co Ltd
T R VenkateswaranCISO (DGM) , Punjab National Bank
Tushar HaralkarSecurity Software Technical Sales Leader, IBM Technology Sales, India-South Asia
Vaisakh RajeevanFounder & Chief Architect, Prophaze Technologies
Venkata Satish GuttulaDirector - Security , Rediff.com India Ltd
Vijay DevnathCISO , Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS)
Vijaykumar RamachandranAssociate Vice President - IT, Praj Industries Limited
Vinod BhatCIO , Tata SIA Airlines Ltd (Vistara)
Yogesh KumarCISO & Head of IT & Business Applications , Tata Advanced Systems
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