Profiles in Leadership: Venu Sriraj, CISO

Transforming Security to a 'Business Enabler'
Venu Sriraj, group CISO at a large financial services company in UAE

Venu Sriraj, group CISO at a large financial services company based in UAE, urges other CISOs to work toward transforming the image of data security to "business enabler" rather than "roadblock."

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"Practitioners must be more empathetic to the business needs," he says. "And business stakeholders should be more forthcoming in involving security in their decision-making processes."

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

  • His journey as a CISO;
  • Technologies that show promise;
  • Changes he'd like to see in the data security industry.

Sriraj, group CISO at a large financial services company in the United Arab Emirates, is the chief architect and strategist of the security program and cybersecurity initiatives.


About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.




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