ABHIJEET S. PATHAK
CSO100 Award 2019
Abhijeet S Pathak, Lead - Information Security at Sterlite Technologies Limited, is an IT veteran and has been with the company for over 14 years now. He is a certified lead auditor for ISO/IEC 27001:2013. Prior to managing the information security domain, Pathak has worked on SAP HANA security, SAP BASIS, SAP license and datacenter management, email security and administration at Sterlite Tech.
KEY SECURITY INITIATIVES
Sterlite Technologies is a pioneer in building optical fibers and cables, hyper-scale network design, and network software for cloud service providers and telcos. The company is credited for the smart city project in Jaipur and Gandhinagar. Abhijeet S Pathak, Lead - Information Security at Sterlite Technologies revealed that the biggest cybersecurity challenges arise from business-critical data being stored on laptops and removable media not protected by encryption. The loss or theft of a laptop and removable media led to loss of data. Sterlite Technologies also revamped the process of email ID access and single sign-on for web applications with password authentication only. Pathak shared that there was no centralized system for log monitoring and co-relation. In addition to bolstering access management, full disk encryption and removable media encryption was implemented for all employees' laptops and removable media for data protection. Pathak also stated that two-factor authentication was implemented as an additional layer of security for email and SSO for web applications. The company implemented a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool as a PoC for critical devices.