Endpoint Security , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Geo Focus: Asia

Profiles in Leadership: Amit Dhawan

CISO and DPO on Why It's Critical for CISOs to Understand Business Risks
Amit Dhawan, CISO & DPO, Birlasoft.

The pandemic and the rise in cyberattacks has put CISOs in a new spot, says Amit Dhawan, CISO and DPO at Birlasoft.

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Technology is always changing, he says, and CISOs need to "take ownership" by evaluating and understanding the business risks so they can "align new risks with new technology."

"If you are spending money judiciously and if you have the right controls based on the risk and you're plugged into the business strategy, you're protecting the business," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Dhawan also discusses:

  • The importance of collaboration in achieving security goals;
  • How to get business buy-in for technological deployments;
  • Using a collaborative approach to change the mindset about security.

Dhawan has over 20 years of experience in the IT, information security and privacy domains. He is accountable for Birlasoft's cybersecurity and privacy journeys and ensures continuous delivery to all customers. Before Birlasoft, he served in leadership roles at JP Morgan and American Express, driving technology controls and leading infosec practices. Dhawan retired from the Indian Navy as a commander in 2014.

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About the Author

Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Managing Editor & Conference Chair, Asia and Middle East, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.




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