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Ram Kumar G

Global Head of Cyber Security GRC at Nissan Digital

Trivandrum, India

Global Information Security and Risk Leader with experience in building security programs for multi national companies from ground up.

• 19 years of progressive Information Security, Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security, Data Privacy, Audit experience with top MNCs across Automotive, Healthcare, BFSI, IT & ITES, ISP, Media & Entertainment verticals
• 16 years experience in designing and delivering effective Corporate, Information Security & Business Continuity programs mapped to global compliance standards
- Driving enterprise-level InfoSec & BCM function, develop & enforce policies, processes, controls and best practices to achieve security excellence

Core Competencies:
• Specialize in setting up IS & BCM function ground up in MNCs aligning with business goals
• Information Security & Data Privacy Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) for ISO 27001 ISMS, EU GDPR, PCI-DSS, SOX, GLBA, SSAE 16, NIST, Indian IT Act, ISO 22301 Standards
• Developing & enforcing of Information Security Policies & Practices
• Enterprise Risk Management – Assessment, Mitigation, Tracking | 3rd party Audits
• IAM, DLP - Solutioning & Administration - Policy, Controls, Review
• Security Awareness, BCP & Crisis Management Training, Design & Promotion
• Security Incident Mgmt – Response, Reporting & Resolution
• Brand & Promote Security & Privacy Culture company-wide
• Define, Build & Sustain Security Metrics Program (KPIs & KRIs)

• Education - Master of Computer Applications (MCA) | Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Human Resources

• Certifications - CISM, CRISC, CDPSE, CPISI, PMP, GCHQ CIPR, EU GDPR, BCCE, ISO 27001 ISMS LA, CEH, CCNA

• Honors - CISO of the Year 2019 l CISO Top 100 Influencers Award 2018, 2019 & 2020 | Indywood IT Excellence Award | Next100 Award | Big 50 CISO Award | Global Goodwill Ambassador

• Occasional Speaker at Security Conferences, Training Programs, in-house corporate talks.

• Published Author:
- Career Excellence (Vol I & II), Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi
- Cyber Crimes - A Primer on Internet Threats & Email Abuses, Viva Books, New Delhi
https://www.amazon.in/Books-G-Ram-Kumar/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AG.+Ram+Kumar

Available For: Authoring, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Trivandrum, India
Speaking Topics: Information Security

Ram Kumar GPoints
Academic60
Author129
Influencer43
Speaker47
Entrepreneur110
Total389

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Information Security
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 10 years
Last Media Interview: 09/10/2018

Areas of Expertise

Autonomous Vehicles
Culture 32.40
Cybersecurity 59.71
Healthtech
Leadership 32.12
Management 33.55
Privacy 33.40
Risk Management 54.35
Social 40.77
Cryptocurrency 30.38
IoT 30.14
Business Continuity 42.91
Digital Transformation 31.00
Diversity and Inclusion 31.14
Change Management 30.76
Health and Safety 35.60
COVID19 38.19

Industry Experience

Automotive
Healthcare
Media

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Publications

3 Academic Certifications
Business Continuity Certified Expert (BCCE)
BCM Institute
September 01, 2015
Passed the BCCE examination conducted by BCM Institute, Singapore

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Business Continuity

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
ISACA
May 03, 2013
Passed the CISM exam of ISACA

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Risk Management

ISO 27001 ISMS Lead Auditor
British Standards Institution (BSI)
May 01, 2006
Attended the ISO 27001 ISMS Lead Auditor course and cleared the qualifying examination

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Risk Management

1 Academic Fellow / Scholar
Research Scholar
Alliance University
November 01, 2019
Pursuing Doctoral Program in Information Security Governance from Alliance University, Bangalore

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

3 Advisory Board Memberships
Harvard Business Review Advisory Council
Harvard Business Review
March 11, 2019
Member of an opt-in research community of business professionals (http://www.hbr.org) - that participates in online discussions, provides inputs and suggestions to HBR editors, previews new content, and weighs in on ideas from HBR as well as those from the wider world of management and leadership.


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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Management

Member of the Board of Advisors
ICTMAE
October 01, 2018
Member of the Board of Advisors of International Council of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering Inc. is a registered non-profit corporation in Delaware USA.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

iNurture Education Solutions
iNurture Education Solutions
May 01, 2018
Invited to be part of their Advisory Board to provide guidance on course curriculum for graduation and post graduation courses on Cyber Security

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

6 Article/Blogs
Cryptocurrency and Cyber Security - Implications for Organizations
Securitybriefing.net
August 17, 2019
The new age risks of cryptomining and cryptojacking of computing resources has critical implications for organizations

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Tags: Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

IoT Security - An Overlooked Factor
Securitybriefing.net
July 13, 2019
Review of key principles of IoT security which is often overlooked by device manufacturers and application developers

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Tags: Cybersecurity, IoT

GDPR – One Year Review – Achievements and Challenges
Securitybriefing.net
June 12, 2019
Reviewing GDPR impact - achievements and challenges on it's first anniversary

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Risk Management

Cyber Security for SMEs - A Strategic Business Imperative
Communique - ICTMAE's Community Newsletter
January 15, 2019

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Cybersecurity @ the Heart of Your Business
Reva University
December 18, 2018
REVA Academy for Corporate Excellence (RACE), REVA University, Bangalore has published my whitepaper "Cybersecurity @ the Heart of Your Business" covering the following topics:

- Why is Cybersecurity Necessary?
- Evolution of Cybersecurity
- The Growing Cyber Crime Market
- Job Opportunities in Cyber Security

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Security Convergence - Redefining Corporate Security Management
InfoCity Auditor
June 01, 2006
A conceptual paper on how security convergence technologies can help in holistic management of security threats and risks covering both physical and information security domains.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

2 Books
Career Excellence
Atlantic Books, New Delhi
June 19, 2013
Published in two volumes, this book is for everyone interested in building a successful career

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Tags: Social

Cyber Crimes
Viva Books, New Delhi
January 15, 2013
A Primer for Internet Threats and Email Abuses

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Tags: Cybersecurity

1 Courseware
Mentor - Cyber Security
Reva University
September 01, 2018
Part of team that developed courseware for MS/M.Tech Program in Cyber Security at Reva University

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Tags: Cybersecurity

4 Industry Awards
CISO of the Year - 2019
Consumex Productions
May 31, 2019
Honored with the CISO of the Year 2019 award at the Indian CISO Summit at Mumbai

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Indywood IT Excellence Award 2018
Indywood - Aries Group
December 01, 2018
Honored to receive the Indywood IT Excellence Award 2018 in recognition of my contribution to IT industry at an august audience of select senior IT leaders at Hyderabad as part of the 4th Edition of Indywood Film Carnival.

Received the award from H.E. Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Al Qahtani, Senior Advisor, Saudi Aramco at a glittering event graced by Mr Sohan Roy, Founder of Project Indywood at HITEX Exhibition Center Hyderabad.

This event was jointly organized by the Government of Telangana.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Next100 Award - 2018
9.9 Group and ITNext
November 24, 2018
Honored to receive Next100 Award - 2018 from ITNext at The Pullman Hotel, New Delhi. Quite a long and rigorous selection process spanning over 5 months!

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Big 50 CISO Award 2018
Trescon Global
September 20, 2018
Honored to receive "Big 50 CISO Award" in an august gathering of senior Information Security leaders attending the Big Cyber Security Show at The Leela Mumbai!

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

1 Industry Certification
COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response
World Health Organization (WHO)
March 30, 2020
Awareness course certification on COVID 19 by WHO

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Tags: Management, Health and Safety, Change Management, COVID19

6 Influencer Awards
Ranked #2 Risk Management Global Thought Leader and Influencer
Thinkers360
March 14, 2020
Ranked #2 Risk Management Global Thought Leader

Honored to be ranked amongst Top 50 Risk Management Global Thought Leaders and Influencers by Thinkers 360

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

CISO Platform 100 Award - 2020
CISO Platform
February 21, 2020
Honored to be recognized as one of India's top 100 IT Security Influencers and Community Contributors for the 3rd year in a row by CISO Platform.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Ranked among Top 50 Culture Global Thought Leader and Influencer
Thinkers360
February 03, 2020
Honored to be ranked amongst Top 50 Culture Global Thought Leaders and Influencers by Thinkers 360

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Leadership

CISO Platform 100 Award - 2019
CISO Platform
February 15, 2019
Honored to be recognized as one of the top 100 IT Security Influencers and Community Contributors for the 2nd year in a row.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA)
Global Goodwill Ambassadors
September 05, 2018
Recognized as a Global Goodwill Ambassador and proud to be part of global network of humanitarians.

For sure, this recognition will motivate me to continue to do social service for the benefit of the underprivileged and needy in whatever way I can and help spread goodwill among the circle of friends and associates.

Thanks to Richard DiPilla, Founder of Global Goodwill Ambassadors (GGA) for bestowing this unique honor and the Board of GGA.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Social

CISO Platform Top 100 Award - 2018
CISO Platform
May 15, 2018
Honoured and humbled to receive CISO Platform 100 Award - 2018 recognised as among India's Top IT Security Influencers and Community Contributors at CISO Platform 100 & Decision Summit, Pune, India.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Social

6 Keynotes
Guest Speaker at St Anne's College Bangalore
St Anne's College, Bangalore
February 01, 2020
Invited to address students on Online Safety Best Practices and Building a career in Cyber Security as part of a national seminar on Cyber Security

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Guest Speaker on Cyber Security
Reva University
February 09, 2019
Invited as guest speaker for students at Reva University to talk on "Building a Successful Career in Cyber Security"

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Guest Speaker at Sacred Heart's College, Bangalore
Sacred Hearts College, Bangalore
February 02, 2019
Invited to address students attending a national seminar on Cyber Security on "Staying Safe Online" at Sacred Heart's College, Bangalore.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Speaker at MSMEs Growth Hack 10X, Center of Excellence for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Center of Excellence for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CEIIE)
January 12, 2019
Honored to be a part of the inaugural of the Center of Excellence for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at GITAM University Bangalore and I delivered a talk on the "Importance of Stringent Cyber Security Measures for SMEs".

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Overseas Security Advisory Council Meet, Bangalore
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Bangalore Chapter
September 07, 2018
Was invited to speak on "Cyber Security Meets Physical Security - Convergence is the Way Ahead" at Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Meet held at Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore.

Audience comprised of senior corporate security leaders and professionals from American MNCs.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Information Security Talk at Concentrix Bangalore
Concentrix, Bangalore
August 18, 2017
Was invited to given an in-house talk on "Building Enterprise Security Program" by Concentrix, Bangalore

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

8 Media Interviews
Featured in Top 60 Appointments in India 2019
CIO&Leader
December 30, 2019
Was featured as one among the Top 60 CISO Appointments - 2019 in India by CIO&Leader site

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

Top 60 CISO Appointments In 2019 - India
ITNext
December 30, 2019
Was featured as one among the Top 60 CISO Appointments - 2019 in India by ITNext.in site

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

Indywood IT Excellence Awards honors renowned IT organisations and Personalities at Hyderabad
Indywood
January 10, 2019
Indywood IT Excellence Awards for Professional Excellence was bestowed upon Ram Kumar G, Regional Information Security Officer - Indian Subcontinent, Philips amongst others.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

Featured in IT Next Magazine
ITNext
December 01, 2018
Honored to be featured along with fellow awardees in IT Next magazine Dec 2018 edition covering the Next100 Awards.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Featured in the commemorative Next100 Award Winners Book
ITNext
December 01, 2018
NEXT100 is an annual awards program instituted by IT Next magazine and the 9.9 Group that aims to identify 100 experienced IT managers who have the skills, talent and spirit to become CIOs. The NEXT100 is India’s only award that recognizes the achievements of senior IT managers, and identifies prospective leaders.

Honored to be featured in the commemorative book for Winners

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Featured in Free Press Journal
Free Press Journal
October 08, 2018
Free Press Journal covered Big Cyber-Security Show and Awards event held in Mumbai and featured a brief reference about my fire side chat.
Excerpts
"Cyber-security challenges and solutions
In a discussion with Ramkumar G, Regional Information Security Officer – Indian Subcontinent, Philips India, drawing reference of the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018, Shoaib Shaikh, Business Manager, IBM, explained their approach as a cyber-security partner."

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

Fireside chat host on Insider Threat Management program with IBM
Big Cyber Security Show
September 20, 2018
Was invited to host a fireside chat on Insider Threat Management program with IBM.

This was at the Big Cyber Security Show held at The Leela, Mumbai.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Podcast on Insider Threat Management Program
ISMG Network
September 10, 2018
Was featured on a podcast "Insider Threat Program" covering the following topics:
- How to implement a successful insider threat program;
- The importance of bringing all stakeholders together for a successful insider threat program;
- The right tools to use for an insider threat plan;
- Tips for working on security with third-party vendors.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

2 Panels
The Science of Business Continuity During and Post COVID-19
RACE, Reva University
April 17, 2020
Panelist discussing The Science of Business Continuity During and Post COVID-19 online panel discussion organized by RACE, REVA University during April 2020

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Business Continuity, COVID19

Moderator of Panel Discussion at Big Cyber Security Show 2018, Mumbai
Big Cyber Security Show
September 20, 2018
Invited to be the moderator for a panel discussion "Cyber Hygiene in today's Threat Landscape". Panelists were CISOs from Mahindra Group, SBI General Life Insurance & Rediff.com.

Lots of knowledge sharing, Interesting insights and exchange of best practices around handling botnet attacks, DDoS and ransomware.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

3 Speaking Engagements
Guest Speaker at Reva Academy for Corporate Excellence (RACE)
Reva University
February 09, 2019
Invited to address (2nd time) students on "Building a Successful Career in Cyber Security" at RACE, REVA University, Bangalore

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Guest Speaker at Reva University
Reva University
September 01, 2018
Was invited to an information seminar to deliver a talk on "Building a Successful Career in Cyber Security" for students at Reva University, Bangalore.

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Tags: Cybersecurity

Creating a Privacy Culture
ISC2 Bangalore Chapter
August 02, 2018
Was invited to speak on "Creating a Privacy Culture" at National Privacy Summit 2018 organized by ISC2 Bangalore Chapter.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Privacy

2 Steering Committee Memberships
Member - Task Force on Kids Cyber Safety
CISO Platform
May 15, 2018
- Part of taskforce comprising of CISOs across industry set up to educate kids & teens on adopting online safety best practices.
- Role involves
- thought leadership on ideating for strategy planning and execution, promoting initiatives and branding
- creating content for Cyber Security Best Practices for kids & teens on handling Social Media postings, following cyber security hygiene, identifying fake profiles, handling cyber bullies, etc
- address students in colleges/universities about staying safe online


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Tags: Cybersecurity, Leadership, Risk Management

General Secretary
Business Resilience Consortium
August 18, 2008
Co-founded India's first non-profit association of Business Continuity Management professionals - Business Resilience Consortium (BRC) in Aug 2008 with senior BCP professionals from the industry.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

2 Visiting Lecturers
Mentor - Cyber Security
Reva University
September 03, 2018
Was invited to mentor students of MS program in Cyber Security

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Guest Lecturer
IDRBT
October 01, 2013
Invited as guest lecturer at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDBRT) for their programs on Cyber Security for banking professionals

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Tags: Business Continuity, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

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