‘CSO Today is also a Technocrat in Many Ways as Use of Technology Is Governing the Field of Security’

Ralph Sunil, Steering Board Member, School of Excellence at Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS)

Ralph Sunil, Steering Board Member, School of Excellence at Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS) dwells on the changing role of a CSO in ensuring security for an organization, presents his views on how security strategies are going to mature in the Indian corporate organizations, the role played by technologies such as AI, IoT, Machine Learning and Big Data in enhancing security of an organization, and how IFSEC India Expo can be leveraged by the security stakeholders to enhance awareness about security products and learn about security strategies.

Interviewed by Adeesh Sharma

1. Please dwell on the changing role of a CSO in ensuring security for an organization.

The role of the CSO has been now evolved to a business partner. Apart from the physical security which is the conventional role of a CSO today, intelligence, preventive security, ethics management, disaster management, sustainability in terms of people management,  data management, white collar crimes, cyber security, political environment management, terrorist and anti social groups management, innovative crime and much more has become the main domain of the CSO. Apart from this, today a CSO has become a vital part of the top management in areas of business continuity, resource conservation, related liaison and relationship management, top management overall care and security from a comprehensive perspective. The CSO of today is also a technocrat in many ways today as use and knowledge technology is governing the field of security. 

2. How do you foresee security strategies maturing in Indian corporate organisations?

The foresight to security in India is emerging in a fast and vast way.  The move from human dependency to technology intervention is the major disruption. Vision and proactive security is envisaged by most of the sectors of the business and corporate world.  The need for awareness of cyber security, appropriate training and deployment of resources is on the increase. Precision automation, use of mechanization, IOT based interventions are part of the future. Security for now and future in no longer seen as a defensive element but an inclusive element of every area. 

3. What role can technologies such as AI, IoT, Machine Learning and Big Data play in enhancing security of an organization?

Tools like AI, Machine learning, etc, are playing a very key role today in addressing the various arising challenges. Speed, accuracy, precision, documentation, evidence, remote access management, roving security management are all elements that these technologies are bringing into organisations. Elimination of human error, human subjectivity, manipulation and various other elements of conservative and conventional nature are achieved.   

4. How do you think expos such as IFSEC India can be leveraged by the security stakeholders to enhance awareness about security products and learn about security strategies?

Expos like IFSEC India are a window for exposure to various products, technologies and services in the world of Security management.  The opportunity to share knowledge, interact, discover and know about many process and elements of security is provided by such platforms. Common issues and challenges come out at such forums to which the security fraternity can discuss and bring about solutions.  Knowing people, leaders, examples, case studies are a part of such expos which add value to everyone who participate in the same.  In brief such platforms help to enrich knowledge to bring about transformation for the better starting from the individual, to the organisation, the nation and the society as a whole.  

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