Being the country’s largest conglomerate by revenues, a business is bound to be on the radar of cyber criminals globally. Protecting it against the threat actors can be a big challenge. Meet Dr. Durga Prasad Dube, Global CISO and Senior Vice President for Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) – the man in charge of this crucial task.
An industry veteran, Dr. Dube is well known in the infosec circles as much for his humility as for his contribution to the industry. He has devoted over three decades of his career to furthering the cause of technology and information security with diverse experience across BFSI, retail, telecom, banking, and hydrocarbon domains.
During this journey, he has led and helped get several initiatives off the ground and flourishing within challenging timeframes. This, he believes, has been owing to his unique capability around bringing the regulators’ perspective blended with that of a technologist, a business strategist, and a cyber security expert. This is a very rare combination to find, indeed.
Having worked with India’s banking regulator, Reserve Bank of India, for over 18 years gave him a knack for managing a large information technology department as well as provided extensive exposure to the banking domain. His later stint with IDRBT for 6 years as Faculty and Head Consulting was further enriching in gaining deep insights into the different aspects of technology in the banking sector.
He was awarded the prestigious “Diamond Jubilee Overseas Banking Research Fellow 2005” by IIBF (Indian Institute of Banking and Finance) for his advanced research around “Evolving information System Assurance Framework for Indian Banking Sector”. This award is given every year by IIBF to one banker in the country for conducting advanced research overseas in an area relevant to banking.
At RIL he heads cybersecurity and Information Risk Management (IRM) for the group, managing a large team serving the group’s diversified businesses, including Petroleum Supply chain, Retail, Lifesciences, etc. He is responsible for the design and Implementation of the diversified conglomerate’s cybersecurity architecture.
Dr. Dube played a pivotal role in the setting up of the Security Operations Center (SOC) and OT (SCADA) security.
Dr. Dube accomplished his doctorate in cybersecurity in 2020. He has authored a book, “Information system Audit and Assurance”, which is in its third reprint and well acclaimed in the market. In addition, he has also written numerous research papers on internet banking and cybersecurity.
Dr. Dube is an honorary chairman of the Information Security Committee of the Bombay Stock Exchange and is also a part of various committees of NASSCOM and DSCI (Data Security Council of India) related to cybersecurity.
With authoritative knowledge and rich experience in information security, Dr. Dube is committed to sharing knowledge through seminars/workshops and authoring a treatise on information security.