Pankaj Thakkar is a certified information security professional with rich experience in information security framework implementation, compliance, and governance. Currently, he is the Information Security Risks Expert at American Express. Previously he served in Birlasoft's CISO organisation and headed the department as well. He has a strong expertise in setting up Information Security Management Systems, devising Business Continuity Management Model, Data Privacy Program, IT Risk and Audits, etc.
Key Security initiatives
Pankaj Thakkar is currently responsible for reviewing and strengthening the information security practices, managing risk associated with third-parties, and improve overall engagement model. The challenge has been controlling incidents originating from third-party environment and overall industry trend of breaches being observed from third (or fourth) parties.
After joining the company this year, he started the project in March, which it is under progress. The solutions so far implemented include improved existing procedures to improve understanding of risks, skill development of the team members and third-parties to understand risk tolerance aligned with the organizations business needs and strategies. He is leading external assessor teams and closely working with global security teams for a better security and control environment