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About the Awards

The Microsoft Security Strategist Awards were presented at Technology Senate 2006 in front of an audience of over 180 CIOs while cruising on the high seas to Lakshadweep and back. Through these awards, the Indian Express Group recognises the most secure organisations and the individuals who are responsible for security at them.

Award Jury

The Award jury consisted of an academic, an analyst, a CIO, a group ISO and an industry veteran.



Sanjiv Mathur
Mathur is the director for enterprise marketing at Microsoft. He has 18 years of experience in the IT industry, and has been with Microsoft for over a decade. In previous roles, he has headed Microsoft’s competitive strategy and marketing divisions, prior to which he managed Microsoft’s business in Western and Eastern India. Before joining Microsoft, Mathur worked with Oracle for a year and with Wipro Systems for over four in a technical role. He started his career as a developer, and has worked on platforms and technologies including Unix, Unify, Oracle, Cobol and PC-based development systems.

Sunil Chandiramani
Chandiramani is the country leader for the risk & business solutions practice of Ernst & Young in India. He has 17 years of experience in providing professional services in the areas of IT strategy, security and risk management, corporate governance, fraud prevention and investigation. He is a chartered accountant and a certified information systems auditor. He serves on several committees with Nasscom, IMC (IT cell), the Mapin Technical Committee constituted by SEBI, IIA, and other professional bodies.

Mitish Chitnavis
Chitnavis is the group ISO of EDS Mphasis. He has 11 years of experience in the field of information security and is responsible for his company’s security policies and procedures; information risk management; security technology implementations including perimeter and internal system defence; cyber investigations; computer forensics; general information security awareness, and outside suppliers. He is certified on industry-wide certifications such as CISA, CISM, BS7799 LA and CEH. He is an associate member of Certified Fraud Examiners Organization. In recognition of his continued leadership in the security field, he was the awarded the Secure Synergy Security Strategist Award in 2005.

Bernard Menezes
Menezes is a professor at the K R School of Information Technology at IIT Bombay. He was a faculty member in the electrical engineering department and the institute for advanced computer studies at the University of Maryland at College Park where he specialised in experimental parallel computing and reliability or performance issues. He was also a visiting faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Menezes has taught over 15 courses in Computer Science and Information Technology, and supervised over 40 MS, MTech and PhD students.

His research interests include smart e-business, time series forecasting, RFID, network security and object-oriented software. Menezes earned a BTech (EE), MS (ECE) and PhD (ECE) from IIT Bombay, University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas at Austin respectively.


Arvind Tawde
Tawde, Senior Vice-president & CIO, joined Mahindra & Mahindra in 1979 as Senior Executive. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering and holds a post-graduate diploma in industrial management and a masters in administrative management from Mumbai University. During his career, he has handled various functions such as production & material planning, vendor management, management audit, and project and programme management.
 
     
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