INFOSEC MAESTROS Awards 2021 Award is the best ever initiative to inspire the innovative, talented and hard-working CISOs and InfoSec leaders across the verticals, nationwide. If you are the person, standing in between the intruder and your organization’s most valuable information, then don’t wait. You’ll be surrounded by the nation’s most accomplished IT security leaders, all focused on sharpening the connection between innovation, IT security value and financial success.
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Event Overview


The last couple of months are unprecedentedly challenging but also equally reassuring. Because the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the planet, organizations quickly turned to digital technologies to make sure business continuity and serve their customers.

Almost overnight, employees were enabled with work-from-home options. Massive shifts in IT access and usage led to an unprecedented strain on the existing IT security policies and practices. The time-tested security architectures, principles, and rules crumbled and new rules had to be written and implemented on the fly. Further, boundaries between cyber threats and insider threats suddenly appeared to merge and melt away, thus making it nearly impossible to separate one threat from the other.

CISOs and their teams, alarmed at the gravity of the challenge, quickly responded with definitive actions. They lost no time in introducing policies like zero-trust and deploying the tools needed for tackling issues at hand.

That’s easier said than done! Today’s near-seamless business continuity has been possible only with through relentless hard work and sleepless nights put in by CISOs and their teams.

For the last ten years, it has been BitStream Mediaworks’ endeavor to hold an annual awards ceremony (InfoSec Maestros Awards) where the leading CISOs are felicitated by well-known industry luminaries. This year, come May, and we will be holding the award function on a very interactive virtual platform.

As always, the awards will be preceded by a multitude of knowledge-packed sessions (InfoSec Maestros Conference) to trigger thought-leading innovations to bring India's 1000+ CISOs, CDOs, CTOs, CROs, CIOs, IT Heads, InfoSec leaders and managers from private, public and govt organizations and global security experts under one roof to discuss various information security threats and best-possible effective intelligent solutions available.






Knowledge Sessions


Hours of Networking Opportunities

Infosec Maestros Key Highlights

Artificial Intelligence
IoT / ML / Automation

& Access

& Endpoints

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)
  • Chief Risk Officers (CROs)
  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
  • Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)
  • Chief Digital Officers (CDOs)
  • VP, AVP, Director – IT / Systems / Security
  • Head - Information Technology Deptt
  • GM / AGM / DGM / CGM – IT / Security
  • Manager / Sr Manager – IT / Security
  • Delivery Heads, Data Centre Professionals
  • Cloud, Security, & other Technology Architects
  • Data Scientists & Analysts
  • IT & Security Consultants


Judging Process for Infosec Maestros Awards 2021

Submissions for Infosec Maestros Awards 2021 must align with the category for which they are nominated and are judged based upon completeness and accuracy of the information provided. Nominations are also judged based on the overall influence, effectiveness and success of the nominees’ project, initiative or improvement.

Nominators may be contacted by any member of panel of juries. The panel of 7 judges selected, each represent a different segment of industry and bring to the forum their extensive knowledge and experience. The jury’s judgment will be considered as final one.

Judgment in these criteria will be based on:

  • Industry type
  • Organization size
  • Factors driving organization’s information security spending
  • Evaluation of information security spending
  • Security measures deployed or to be deployed
  • Size and complexity of projects undertaken/delivered
  • Security assurance

Agenda Highlights

Keynotes by Visionary Leaders

Our keynote sessions have always been star attractions for our discerning attendees. Our keynote speakers are highly knowledgeable leaders with visionary outlooks. They will not only set the right tone and agenda for the other sessions but also ignite the minds with thoughts of brilliance and ideas of transformative innovation.

CISO Awards (Infosec Maestros Awards 2021)

Infosec Maestros Awards 2021 is an initiative to identify hard work, talent, innovation and effort of those CISOs for protecting sensitive information of their organizations. This award not only recognizes the best CISOs / InfoSec Leaders, but also establishes the increasing trend of current and future role of CISOs in Indian Industry.

CISO-led Discussions

These thought leadership exchanges will be held in panel-discussion formats. Each power group will discuss ideas and share best practices around a given information security theme to drive meaningful outcomes and takeaways for the attendees. The panels will primarily be constituted of CISOs, with minority representations by the industry. The discussions will be technology- and vendor-agnostic to ensure objectivity and fair value for all.

Industry-driven Knowledge Sessions

Providers of infosec products and solutions are continually investing in hardening their offerings against the potential breaches that keep getting more and more sophisticated. They are also investing in building research-driven insights across various sectors and geos, which gives them an early peek into the changing threat landscape. This enables them to speak with authority on future infosec trends and potential prevention frameworks, which is what they will be doing in these knowledge sessions.

Networking Opportunities

Networking opportunity for solution and service providers with industry top decision makers via digital exhibition, live chats etc.

Agenda & Schedule

Note: Agenda & Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Track 1

    May 22, 2021

  • Track 2

    May 22, 2021

9:30 AM - 9:35 AM

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

By:Deepak Kumar, Executive Editor, BitStream Mediaworks

9:35 AM - 9:55 AM

Keynote: A Dual Cybersecurity Mindset: Anticipating the Next Normal

By:Akshay Garkel, Partner & Leader - Cyber, Grant Thornton

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote: Impact of Strong Security Strategy in the Era of Digital Transformation

By: Sangram Gayal, Partner - Cyber Security, PwC

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

Keynote: Open Security Architecture for Hybrid Multi Cloud: The Known and The Unknown

By: Sridhar Muppidi, CTO, IBM Security

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

IoT & ML Workloads on a Secured Converged Data Platform

By: Tarun Chatterjee, Director, Systems Solution Engineering, APAC, Oracle

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: The State of AI / ML in Cybersecurity: The Saviour or Enemy of Your Business?

Moderator: Burgess Cooper, Partner - Cyber Security, E&Y

  • Chetaan Narayan Tendulkaar, Co-Founder, Vulhunt
  • Babitha B P, CISO, CSB Bank Ltd
  • Sudeep Das, Security Software Technical Sales Leader, IBM India & South Asia
  • Gaurav Kataria, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Sai Life Sciences
  • Dilip Panjwani, CISO & IT Controller, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Fireside Chat: Automated Security Strategies to Prevent Top Cloud Threats

Kunal Dhingra, Senior Director & Head IT, L&T Infotech Ltd

Ashish Tandon, Cloud Security Lead - India & SAARC, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Strengthen Your Incident Response with Intelligent SOC

Moderator: Prashant Gupta, Partner - Cybersecurity, Ernst & Young

  • K M Reddy, CISO, Union Bank of India
  • Pravin Desai, AVP - Infrastructure, Cloud & Security Operation, Fullerton India Credit Co Ltd
  • Kunal Purandare, Competency Lead, IBM Security Services India - South Asia
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

InfoSec Maestros Awards 2021 -- Part 1 (Virtual Distribution)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: The State of OT Security and the Next-Generation of Industrial Cyber-Attacks

Moderator: Anand Prakash, Partner - Risk Advisory, Deloitte

  • Parna Ghosh, Group CIO, UNO Minda Group
  • Keyur Desai, CIO-Essar Ports & Shipping, Head InfoSecurity – Essar Group
  • Richard Bussiere, Technical Director, Asia Pacific, Tenable
  • Gopi Thangvel, VP & Head – Infra, Projects & SecOps, Reliance Industries Ltd/SA
  • Pawan K Sharma, CISO, Tata Motors Ltd
  • Shashank Bajpai, CISO, ECGC Ltd
  • Rohit Rane, Head - Information Security, Nayara Energy Limited
2:45 PM - 3:10 PM

Partner Presentation

By: CrowdStrike

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Crowdsourced Security Testing -- Redefine Your Testing Method

By: Akash Kundu, Founder & CEO, Vulhunt

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Rethinking Cyber Risks in Reglobalized World of Retail & Pharma: Strategies for Breach Prevention & Quick Response

Moderator: * Chandra Prakash Suryawanshi, Partner, Cyber Security - Digital, KPMG

  • Gyan Pandey, CIO, Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  • Agnidipta Sarkar, Group CISO, Biocon
  • Vikram Dua, Sr. Director, Head of Enterprise IT Security, Philips India Pvt Ltd
  • Sakshi Vidur, Head of Information Security, Yum! Brands
  • Manish Chandegara, Head IT & CISO, Aditya Birla Insulator Business
  • Ajay Yadav, Head - IT, SBL Limited
  • Hemant Mehrotra, North and East India Security Service & Project Delivery Leader, IBM C&CS, IBM India - SA
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Deloitte Presentation

By: Gaurav Shukla, Cyber Leader, Deloitte

4:50 PM - 5:50 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Securing Business Continuity from Crisis to Recovery in the New Normal

Moderator: * Mini Gupta, Partner - Cyber Security, Ernst & Young

  • Rohan Vaidya, Regional Director, India & SAARC, CyberArk Software Asia Pacific
  • Vishwas Pitre, CISO & DPO, Zensar Technologies Ltd
  • Makesh Chandramohan, Group CISO, Aditya Birla Capital Ltd
  • Vasudevan Nair, Head IT & CISO, Writer Corporation
  • Balram Choudhary, VP Head (IT & ISO), BoB Financial Solution Ltd
  • Melwyn Rebeiro, Head of IT Security, AEON Credit Services India
  • Shaik J Ahmed, Head - Information Security, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Center India
  • Anis Pankhania, Head - Security Operations & Compliance, Capgemini Technology
5:50 PM - 6:15

InfoSec Maestros Awards 2021 -- Part 2 (Virtual Distribution)

6:15 PM - 6:20

Thank You Note / Closing Remarks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Securing Remote Workforce Access Leveraging the Power of Identity Management

Moderator: Gautam Kapoor, Partner - Cyber Security, Deloitte

  • Srihari Kotni, CISO & Vice President, Reliance Payment Solutions Ltd
  • Rohan Pinto, CTO & Founder , 1Kosmos - BlockID
  • Tarun Chatterjee, Director, Systems Solution Engineering - APAC, Oracle
  • Shishir Khare, Delivery Head - Infrastructure & Security, TCS Ltd
  • Ajit Sancheti, Vice President, Zero Trust, CrowdStrike
  • S Srikanth, CISO, TVS Motor Company
  • Meherial Patel, Group CIO, Jeena & Company
1:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Demystifying a Stronger Hybrid & Multi-cloud Security

Moderator: Unnikrishnan P, Partner - Cyber Security, PwC

  • Jacxine Fernandez, Vice President & CISO, Adani Group
  • Harshad Mengle, CISO, Future Group
  • Yogesh Kumar, CISO & Head of IT & Business Applications, Tata Advanced Systems
  • Ninad Chavan, CISO, ‎Edelweiss Edelweiss General Insurance Company Ltd
  • Charanjit Singh Bhatia, AGM - Cyber Security CoE, Bata India Ltd
  • Matthew Heap, Senior Manager, Solution Architect - APJ, Rackspace Technology
  • Kapil Sharma, General Manager, India & SAARC, Rackspace Technology
03:30 AM - 04:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Building Cyber Resilience Post-Pandemic -- Considerations for Indian CISOs and InfoSec Leaders

Moderator: Hemant Arora, Partner - Cyber Security & Privacy, PwC

  • Neha Taneja, Head - Cybersecurity, Cairn Oil and Gas – Vedanta Ltd
  • Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, SVP & CISO, InMobi
  • Archie Jackson, Senior Director (Head - IT & Security), ‎Incedo Inc.
  • Kunal Dhingra, Senior Director & Head IT, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited
  • Dhruv Khanna, Founder - and Co-Founder & CBO - Data Resolve Technologies
  • Kapil Mehrotra, CTO, National Collateral Management Services Limited
04:50 PM - 05:50 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Building Trust in Digital World with Seamless Identity Management in Pharma Industry

Moderator: Kanishk Gaur, Founder, India Future Foundation

  • Tushar Haralkar, Digital Trust Leader, IBM Security, India South Asia
  • Dr. Avadhut Parab, Global CIO, Wockhardt Limited
  • Maharajan S, CISO & AVP - IT, Navitas Life Sciences
  • Vivek Digumarti, Head - IT, Laurus Labs Limited
  • Rakesh Balakrishnan, General Manager & Head - IT, Swiss Garnier

Eminent Speakers

Best CISOs deserve the best of breed national and international speakers, experts, analysts from IT Security domain as well as thought leaders. Please visit this section later for update as we are working on shortlisting the most competitive set of speakers for you.

Agnidipta Sarkar

Group CISO, Biocon Ltd

Ajay Kumar

Regional Head - Cyber Security Services (Asia), CrowdStrike

Ajay Yadav

Head - IT, SBL Limited

Ajit Sancheti

Vice President, Zero Trust, CrowdStrike

Akash Kundu

Founder & CEO, Vulhunt

Akshay Garkel

Partner & Leader - Cyber, ‎Grant Thornton

Anand Prakash Tiwari

Partner, ‎Deloitte

Anis Pankhania

Head - Security Operations & Compliance, Capgemini Technology

Archie Jackson

Senior Director (Head - IT & Security), ‎Incedo Inc.

Babitha B P

CISO, CSB Bank Ltd

Balram Choudhary

VP Head (IT & ISO), BoB Financial Solution Ltd

Burgess Cooper

Partner - Cyber Security, Ernst & Young

Chandra Prakash Suryawanshi

Partner, Cyber Security, KPMG

Charanjit Singh Bhatia

AGM - Cyber Security CoE, Bata India Ltd

Chetaan Narayan Tendulkar

Co-Founder, Vulhunt

Dilip Panjwani

CISO & IT Controller, L&T Infotech

Dr Avadhut Parab

Global CIO, Wockhardt-Ltd

Gaurav Kataria

Chief Digital & Information Officer, Sai Life Sciences

Gautam Kapoor

Partner, Deloitte

Gopi Thangvel

VP & Head – Infrastructure & Security Operations, Reliance Industries Limited

Gyan Pandey

CIO, Aurobindo Pharma Limited

Harshad Mengle

CISO , Future Group

Hemant Arora

Partner - Cyber Security & Privacy , PwC

Hemant Mehrotra

Security Transformation & Portfolio Management Leader (STPM), IBM Security Services,ISA

Jacxine Fernandez

Vice President & CISO , Adani Group

Kanishk Gaur

Founder , India Future Foundation

Kapil Mehrotra

CTO , National Collateral Management Services Limited

Kapil Sharma

General Manager-India & SAARC , Rackspace Technology

Kartik Shahani

Managing Director - India/SAARC , Tenable

Keyur Desai

CIO-Essar Ports & Shipping, Head InfoSecurity, Essar Group

K M Reddy

CISO, Union bank of India

Kunal Dhingra

Senior Director & Head IT , L&T Infotech

Kunal Purandare

Competency Lead, IBM Security Services India - South Asia , IBM India-South Asia

Maharajan S

CISO & AVP - IT , Navitas Life Sciences

Makesh Chandramohan

Group CISO , Aditya Birla Capital Ltd

Manish Chandegara

Head IT & CISO , Aditya Birla Insulator Business

Matthew Heap

Senior Manager, Solution Architect - APJ ,Rackspace Technology

Meheriar Patel

Group CIO , Jeena & Company

Melwyn Rebeiro

Head of IT Security , AEON Credit Services India

Mike Engle

Chief Strategy Officer, 1Kosmos

Mini Gupta

Partner - Cyber Security , Ernst & Young

Neha Taneja

Head - Cybersecurity , ‎Cairn Oil and Gas – Vedanta Ltd

Ninad Chavan

CISO , ‎Edelweiss General Insurance Co Ltd

Parna Ghosh

Group CIO, UNO Minda Group

Prashant Gupta

Partner - Cybersecurity, Ernst & Young

Pravin Desai

AVP Infrastructure , Cloud & Security Operation, Fullerton India Credit Co. Ltd

Rakesh Balakrishnan

General Manager & Head - IT, Swiss Garnier Group

Richard Bussiere

Technical Director, Asia Pacific, Tenable

Rohan Pinto

CTO & Founder , 1Kosmos - BlockID

Rohan Vaidya

Regional Director, India & SAARC , CyberArk Software Asia Pacific

Rohit Rane

Head - Information Security, Nayara Energy Limited

S Srikanth

CISO , TVS Motor Company

Sakshi Vidur

Head of Information Security, Yum! Brands

Sangram Gayal

Partner - Cyber Security, PwC

Satish Kumar Dwibhashi

SVP & CISO, InMobi

Shaik J Ahmed

Head - Information Security , Renault Nissan Technology & Business Center India

Shashank Bajpai


Shishir Khare

Delivery Head - Infrastructure & Security, TCS

Sridhar Muppidi

CTO, IBM Security

Srihari Kotni

CISO & Vice President, Reliance Payment Solutions Ltd

Sudeep Das

Security Software Technical Sales Leader, India & South Asia, IBM

Tarun Chatterjee

Director, Systems Solution Engineering - APAC, Oracle

Tushar Haralkar

Technical Lead - Digital Trust, India and South Asia, IBM

Unnikrishnan P

Partner - Cyber Security, PwC

Vasudevan Nair

Head IT & CISO , Writer Corporation

Vikram Dua

Sr. Director, Head of Enterprise IT Security, Philips India Pvt Ltd

Vishwas Pitre

CISO & DPO , Zensar Technologies Ltd

Vivek Digumarti

Head - IT , Laurus Labs Limited

Yogesh Kumar

CISO & Head of IT & Business Applications, Tata Advanced Systems

Event Partners

Why Partner with Us?

With this initiative, we provide you with the unique opportunity to reach out to 700+ of the most influential CISO's, InfoSec leaders, and other CXOs across the nation, all under one roof. Attendees at this conference also includes from award ceremony who are the winners of most prestigious Infosec Maestros Awards 2021 – normally difficult to reach executives. It’s an excellent platform for companies to influence with brand profiling, networking, and to ensure market position.

Also, sponsors can use this platform to show their support for technology and its leadership. Here are the key benefits of being an event sponsor:

  • Networking and Lead Generation.
    Gain access to the most targeted, high-profiled influencers and decision-makers from key organizations. It gives you the opportunity for exclusive interaction with influential CXOs throughout the day.
  • Visibility for Your Brand.
    Be visibly present and seen by InfoSec leaders are partner of choice in delivering the CISO agenda.
  • Technology Showcase.
    Demonstrate cutting edge technologies through virtual exhibition stalls to 700+ security professionals.
  • Brand Exposure.
    Extensive online exposure during COVID-19 to your brand through pre- and post-event promotions.
  • Strategic Relationship.
    Opportunity to build strategic relationships

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