CSO100 Award 2019
Umakanta Panda is the CIO & Joint Director (Information Technology) at Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining his current organization, Panda was the Joint Director of IT at APERC. He is a strong information technology professional skilled in business analytics, supply chain management.
KEY SECURITY INITIATIVES
Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission's business needs stemmed from fixing of tariff based on data filed by three licensees. In the process of fixing tariff, the regulator needs data from all these licensees and there are two sets of data - one filed data and other audited data. The challenge was in getting validated data which forms inputs to the tariff of the electricity business. All of this data is made available online, for which security is one of the most important aspects. Online access with enhanced security is made available so that no intruder gets into the network of licensees and the data is made available to the state electricity regulator.