CSO100 Award 2018

Mahidhar Arava is working as Vice President (Head –IT Cyber Security) in HDFC BANK LTD. Have an overall 16 years of experience in the field of IT Network and Cyber Security. Has been instrumental in building robust cyber security defence and response mechanism for the Bank. Had the responsibility for architecting and delivering the best in class network design and security solution implementation in the bank. Also has the responsibility of managing day to day operations of security solutions deployed in the Bank and continuously work towards achieving operational effectiveness. Has been a go-to person in the Bank for all IT Know how related aspects. Mahidhar hold a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science Engineering. Mahidhar love to watch and play cricket and Badminton. Has a greater commitment to the organisation ethics, vision and goals. Key security initiatives HDFC Bank faced challenges in securing the growing infrastructure changes from physical to virtual to container/docker to serverless to cloud. There were also mounting needs for regulatory compliance, and advanced security to detect and protect infrastructure, so as to ensure high availability for business critical applications. In order to achieve it, the bank implemented solutions which brought in a significant reduction in operational cost of emergency and ongoing patching. It provided simplicity of a single security solution for both physical, virtual and cloud servers, and containers/dockers. All of these combined to ensure higher uptime for application and businesses through virtual patching and protection. The bank gained agility to their business by leveraging virtualization and software-defined data center.