Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) Forum

IDRBT formed the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) Forum in the year 2010 with a view to provide a platform for CISOs of all banks to discuss common security concerns in the Indian Banking and Financial Sector and collaboratively provide solutions. The mission of the CISO Forum is to:

  • provide a platform for learning about the latest security technologies
  • share day-to-day problems in implementing security in banks
  • continuously upgrade the security posture of banks.

Over time, the CISO Forum has emerged as the preferred platform to collaboratively discuss and provide solutions for Information Security concerns in the Indian Banking and Financial Sector, which contributes to enhanced Information Security in Banks. The CISO Forum is an active body for learning and doing in the area of Information Security in Banks and is serving as an effective platform for the CISOs of banks to discuss and resolve information security related issues.

The CISO Forum meets once in every four months and the latest meeting of the CISO Forum was held on June 10, 2022. Speaking to the Forum, Prof. D. Janakiram, Director, IDRBT, highlighted the Solar Winds Software Supply Chain Attack, SOPs to mitigate such attacks in the future, and the need to move from defensive, reactive, proactive, to predictive in the future. The meeting deliberated on cyber-attack trends, phishing emails, hybrid threats, exploiting browser integration, etc., apart from experience sharing by CISOs of various banks.

The CISO Forum, functions under the aegis of the Institute’s Centre for Cyber Security and Data Privacy and is coordinated by Dr. B.M. Mehtre, Dr. Rajarshi Pal, and Dr. Dipanjan Roy, Faculty, IDRBT.

UCB CISO Forum

The Institute formed a CISO Forum exclusively for Urban Cooperative Banks (UCB) in the year 2021 and the first meet of the Forum was held on May 06, 2021.

The latest meeting of the Forum was held on June 17, 2022. Inaugurating the meeting, Prof. D. Janakiram, Director, IDRBT, spoke on the latest technologies in digital transformation and suggested that the UCBs should regularly conduct VAPT on their infrastructure and implement 2FA authentication. Recent security incidents, blockchain technology, regulatory guidelines on cyber-security, recent cyber attacks, etc., were some of the areas deliberated on in the meeting.

The UCB CISO Forum is coordinated by Dr. Dipanjan Roy, Faculty, IDRBT.