CSO100 Award 2018

Amit Sharma, Assistant VP and CISO of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, has over 17 years of experience in the industry. He is an expert in cyber security, application security, information security, security audits, IT service management and SOC management. He has worked in various industries such as Telecom, IT Services and Financial Services. His previous stints include roles as the head of Information and network security at Aircel; senior manager –IT security and governance, Sistema Shyam Teleservices; lead-IT Infrastructure and Information Security at IBM India. Key security initiatives Businesses need to introduce the technology required to secure the critical digital assets by providing proactive threat alerts. There were two business needs for Apollo: to ensure compliance on IRDA regulatory guidelines, and to improve threat landscape for monitoring and integration of IT devices. There were approximately 550 critical devices including network, server etc. to be secured from ransomware, malware, phishing and spam emails which pose high risk to business assets. Apollo implemented Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) for this. The benefit accrued was real-time threat alerts on digital assets and monitoring. This supported the company in safeguarding information and digital assets proactively.