CSO100 Award 2018

Sudarshan Pillai has more than 17 years of experience in IT management, including strategic direction, budget preparation, auditing, vendor relationship, and data center operations. He is skilled in evaluating current and future technologies and leading purchase planning to support both short term and long term IT initiatives. Prior to his current stint, Pillai worked at Birla Sunlife Mutual Fund, 3i Infotech, and CMS Computers.   Key Security Initiatives:  Mirae Asset Global Investments India implemented unified threat management (UTM) system with multiple security features and services in a single device on the network, protecting users from security threats in a simplified way. The system was integrated with active directory, defining internet access specific to users profile and business needs. As a result, bandwidth utilization reduced from 70 percent to 40 percent. Restricting web access resources to legitimate users helped business to control the attacks from any suspicious object on the network. The company also deployed a hyperconverged solution which allowed the company to move away from traditional rack server setup, and gain control on consumption of power resources. On the security front, challenge was to make the servers available to users as per the VLAN defined.