Significant CISO movements, appointments in Indian enterprise last fortnight

 Here is a list of significant Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) movements in the last fortnight across various industries. 

Apurva Venkat Jan 22nd 2018

As worldwide security breaches increase, it has become more crucial than ever before for enterprises to evolve and adopt new ways of thinking and implementing tools to secure their assets. In such uncertain times, businesses completely rely on their security leaders to tackle the threats with evolved tools and strategies, to better protect the organization with preventive techniques. This makes the role of CISO of great importance and crucial to the organizations. This can be noticed by the kind of innovations that are coming with regard to protection. This has also led to a lot of movements within the niche industry. 

Here is a list of the significant CISO movements in the last fortnight. 

Siva Sivasubramanian moved back to Optus

Siva Sivasubramanian

Sivasubramanian moved back to Australia to join Optus as CISO after a four-year stint with Bharti Airtel, India. At Bharti Airtel India, Sivasubramanian held the post of the Global Chief of Security. During his stint in India, he was harmonizing different facets of telecom security such as  IT, network, regulatory and physical security functions to offer an integrated security front to combat emerging cyber threats. Earlier, he was the  CISO of SingTel Optus, where he successfully transformed the back office security function into a strategic business enabler and a channel for enhancing customer experience. He has spent a total of 11 years at Optus and has more than two decades of experience in the industry. 

Manish Tiwari joins Bharti Airtel

Manish Tiwari

Former Chief (Information ) Security Advisor, Manish Tiwari has joined Bharti Airtel as senior vice president and Global CISO.  At Microsoft, Tiwari was the key external strategist, spokesperson and Cyber Security Advisor for Microsoft India, on all aspects of IT Risk Management and Information Assurance.  He has a total experience of more than two decades and has worked with Aujas Networks, Indian Navy, and CERT.  Tiwari has represented the Indian Navy at all National level Government forums on issues related to IT security and e-governance for the protection of the National Critical Information Infrastructure. At Microsoft India as well, he was a part of the team that was responsible to drive engagements across the industry around trusted Cloud technologies, particularly with respect to managing IT risks more effectively.  

Nitin Chauhan joins Paytm 

Nitin Chauhan

Paytm Payments Bank has roped in Nitin Chauhan as its new CISO. Chauhan will be in charge of information security, setting up and enhancing enterprise security strategies, infrastructure and network design at Paytm. Previously the CISO at RBL Bank, Chauhan has more than two decades of experience in information and cybersecurity.  He was the CISO at RBL Bank for over six years and also worked with Kotak Bank for three years.  His areas of expertise include setting up information security and IT infrastructure, information and data security, information security audits and compliance, information security framework, information risk, business continuity and disaster recovery,  regulatory compliance and fraud investigation and handling.