Profiles in Leadership: Milind MungaleProtean eGov Technologies CISO and EVP Shares Lessons Learned Over Decades
Milind Mungale of Protean eGov Technologies has led the security strategies for the company for two decades. He also manages security operations for the company's subsidiary, Protean Infosec Services, which offers information security advisory and consulting services, and he serves as its CEO.
"We had to implement and maintain most security processes in-house at the time, as cybersecurity consultants and information security organizations were scarce at the time in India," he says. Hiring an overseas company to handle the operations was not only expensive, but the differences in how countries outside India approached and handled cybersecurity made partnerships challenging, he says.
In an interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Mungale discusses:
- The lessons he learned and the changes he witnessed in the cybersecurity landscape through the decades;
- A customized approach to adopting cutting-edge technologies to boost security operations;
- How practitioners must focus on researching and retaining cybersecurity knowledge and must network with peers in sectors different from theirs to gain deeper insights.
For 25 years, Protean eGov Technologies, formerly NSDL e-Gov, has partnered with the Indian government for 18 projects to provide public infrastructure and develop e-governance solutions. It has helped digitize the country's direct tax infrastructure, provide tax identities to citizens and corporates, strengthen its social security infrastructure, and provide Aadhaar-based identity authentication and e-sign services. Mungale has been key in building, maintaining and transforming the security of the company and the sensitive financial, personal and government data it deals with on a daily basis.
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