CSO100 Award 2019

Hariharan Subramani, CISO, Advisory - Cybersecurity and Risk at Syngene International is not only a cybersecurity strategist, he also is a speaker and data privacy researcher. Prior to joining Syngene International, Subramani was the Senior Manager - Information Security at VFS Global, the outsourcing and technology services provider for governments and diplomatic missions. At VFS Global, Subramani travelled 80+ countries across seven continents to ensure security processes and compliance were in place.


Syngene's IT department engages its employees on a continual basis through periodic emailers and awareness campaigns. Additionally, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing exercises are performed twice by third party vendors. As part of its security initiatives, the company deployed multiple layers of security at various levels to minimize the possibility of attacks. Perimeter firewall was deployed with strict rule base configurations. Syngene has an intrusion prevention system which blocks network traffic based on pre-defined signatures. In addition to this, all user machines and servers have robust endpoint protection which is part of the security suite comprising of antivirus and a host firewall. The security suite is integrated with an Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) solution that monitors endpoints and emails and correlates the data from multiple endpoints to detect data flows and alerts the administrator.