CSO100 Award 2019

CSO100 Award 2018

Amit Vijay Ghodekar is VP IT & Group CISO at Motilal Oswal Financial Services. He is a seasoned technology executive with over 13 years of experience in the cybersecurity space. His expertise involves governing Application, network & overall information security, and leveraging technical aptitude to develop long-range plans guiding cybersecurity strategy. Prior to joining Motilal Oswal Financial Services, he had led cybersecurity at Angel Broking for 10 years.


Motilal Oswal Financial Services wanted to be sure we are protected and ready to combat any such challenges whether on a Server or an Endpoint. The idea was to integrate all the security systems in the organization thus creating a unified security protection system, which is capable to generate and distribute threat intelligence within the organization apart from the global resources. Unified Security Project has been a great success in every phase and managed to reduce the target surface significantly by more than 70%. The project includes an Anti-APT Environment which can detect threats that can evade using sandboxing solution, behavior analysis, and machine learning capabilities. The aim is to detect threats that can impersonate human/employee behavior and work in a stealth manner. The project involves integration of various solutions and technologies including application security, network security, IT governance, identity & access management, anti-virus engines, data loss prevention, mobile device management, virtual vulnerability patching, server security. The project was planned in a manner such that to complement the existing security systems in the network and have a unified level of protection. The endpoint protection have built in machine learning capabilities and behavior analysis features this works in combination to the Host-Based Prevention System which later shares intelligence with the Anti-APT Solution and other security products in the environment. The endpoint security integrates with Anti-APT Solution and provides advance level of security the intelligence with the help of behavior monitoring.