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Beyond Basics: How Standardization Boosts Cyber Resiliency

Sunil Varkey on Building Business Resilience for a Hyperconnected World
Sunil Varkey, former CISO of Wipro and Idea Cellular

Mounting cyberthreats, fueled by vulnerabilities in supply chains and internal systems, necessitate a sustainable strategy for ensuring business resilience during an attack. But grappling with legacy systems and meeting stakeholders' demands pose a formidable challenge. Sunil Varkey, former CISO of Wipro and Idea Cellular, challenges organizations to reimagine business resilience as a collective endeavor championed by the top management.

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Varkey will share his perspectives as a speaker at the 16th annual C0c0n 2023 conference, where Information Security Media Group will serve as a media partner. He pointed out that Carnegie Mellon University's software engineering group has meticulously assessed 26 distinct processes for resiliency engineering, delineating a maturity level of each one, and found that the diverse set of stakeholders and technologies is an obstacle to maturity and standardization in resiliency.

Attaining a cohesive level of maturity over the long term requires guidance from upper management, well-defined roles, KRAs and budgets for each stakeholder to foster a service-centric perspective on resiliency.

"Many organizations have yet to attain the level of maturity where management engages in budgetary and strategic deliberations concerning technology resilience," Varkey said. "A well-defined road map, complete with clearly outlined KRAs and a collaborative approach among diverse stakeholders, is crucial to realizing this objective."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group conducted prior to C0c0n 2023, Varkey discussed:

  • The best approach to building resilience;
  • IT and OT cybersecurity trends;
  • What to expect at the upcoming C0c0n 2023 conference.

Varkey has extensive cybersecurity leadership experience working with large global corporations in the banking, telecommunications, IT services, software and manufacturing sectors. He led Wipro's cybersecurity function as global CISO and was a fellow at the company. Varkey was also responsible for security and privacy at Idea Cellular. He has held senior leadership positions at a variety of firms including Symantec, Forescout, HSBC, GE and Barclays.

About the Author

Shipra Malhotra

Shipra Malhotra

Managing Editor, ISMG

Malhotra has more than two decades of experience in technology journalism and public relations. She writes about enterprise technology and security-related issues and has worked at, Dataquest and The Indian Express.

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