CIOs deliberate on security bulwark for India Inc

CIOs at the Cyberoam Inner Circle Conclave
CIOs at the Cyberoam Inner Circle Conclave

With rise in complexity due to more and more connected devices and influence of Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobility and Social Media on the business outcome of the organizations, the role of CIOs is becoming very different.

Keeping this in perspective, Cyberoam, a leading global provider of network security solutions, organized a CIOs’ forum known as “Inner Circle” to deliberate on security challenges and mitigation, industry best practices and more at the plush Ambay Valley in Lonavala, Maharashtra recently.

“Today, CIOs have become more of business outcome influencers than only decision makers of technology implementations” is how the participants chose to define the role of CIOs. So, concerted effort is needed to bring them together under one roof to exchange learning and best practices with their peer group, apart from discoursing about the threat landscape and evaluation of futuristic technology, they stressed.

Vishal Salvi, CISO, HDFC Bank Limited, Sunil Sharma, VP Sales & Operations, India & SAARC, Cyberoam, Hemal Patel, CEO Cyberoam Technologies & SVP Sophos.
Vishal Salvi, CISO, HDFC Bank Limited, Sunil Sharma, VP Sales & Operations, India & SAARC, Cyberoam, Hemal Patel, CEO Cyberoam Technologies & SVP Sophos.

Inner Circle saw a blend of highly interactive sessions, face-to-face meetings with leading IT and security executives and extensive networking opportunities with respected peers and potential allies. Held in the serene surroundings of Ambay Valley, the event also had plenty of entertainment and leisure treat in store for the participants. This included a session by Extra-Sensory-Perception (ESP) expert Dr. Deepak Rao, Qawwali night and other recreational activities such as golfing, rappelling, rafting and more.

The two-day event, executed by i3R Global, took place over September 19th and 20th which brought together over 60 CIOs and IT security C-suite executives from leading private and public organizations such as VIP industries, HPCL, Cipla, Jawaharlal Nehru University and more. This exclusive, by-invitation-only gathering of CIOs / CXOs from mid to large-sized companies was conceptualized by Cyberoam as a platform for IT decision makers to actively communicate with each other, discuss industry best practices in IT and security, introspect key challenges faced and contribute in developing a collaborative IT fraternity.

Mehul Patel, Vice President-IT Systems and Infrastructure, Bio-Analytical Technologies, said, “This was definitely a show with a difference. There was never a dull moment, and a wonderful balance of meaningful messages and captivating style.”

Hemal Patel addresses Elite Circle CIOs' forum known as _Inner Circle_
Hemal Patel addresses Elite Circle CIOs’ forum known as _Inner Circle_

“We are very pleased to receive an overwhelming response and support for the Inner Circle initiative,” said Sunil Sharma, Vice President of Sales & Operations, India and SAARC at Cyberoam. “With Inner Circle, we intend to join hands with IT and security thought leaders, CXOs, partners and customers from across different verticals. We are looking forward to disseminate and garner invaluable insights for the changing security leadership as an outcome of this initiative.”

Vishal Salvi, Chief Information Security Officer, HDFC Bank Limited, delivered a keynote address on the occasion. In addition, the forum featured several other inspiring presentations from Cyberoam’s senior management and product management teams.

Cyberoam Technologies, a Sophos Company, is a global Network Security appliances provider, offering future-ready security solutions to physical and virtual networks in organizations, with its Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances.