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Prabhakar Kasu

Global Head of Cybersecurity Strategy & Architecture at Aon | CTO | CIO | Strategy | People & Organization | Architecture | Cloud | Digital Transformation | DevSecOps | P&L | Program Management | Client Engagement

Naperville, IL

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I am strategic in thinking, build relationships with clients, technically strong to lead architecture and security, lead to drive change and deliver large, global transformational programs. Leadership & Vision: Led large, global teams (1200+ people) on IT transformation initiatives, Cybersecurity, program delivery for Microsoft, GE, Thomson Reuters, Accenture’s clients (Goldman Sachs, USBank, etc.), and other Fortune 500 businesses. Strategist: Defined and executed on strategy - To improve risk and security posture for a large, global financial services business - To drive 10x growth in 3 years for a financial services client - To save $450 million in 3 years for Microsoft through several initiatives - To integrate small to multi-billion-dollar businesses ($100 million to $10 billion) through a repeatable process (playbook) Cybersecurity Strategy & Program Management: - Experienced in assessing cybersecurity posture against MITRE Attack and Shield, identifying capability gaps, craft cybersecurity strategy to align with business and IT strategies, build capability roadmaps. - Security expertise across the spectrum - IAM, System, Network, Cloud, Data, Applications, Monitoring, and Incident Response IT & Security Architecture: - Experienced in leading IT and cybersecurity Architecture teams and initiatives to define reference architecture, patterns, capabilities, and roadmaps in multi-public cloud and data center environments. - Led security due diligence on multiple M&A deals and worked on bridging gaps - Successfully demonstrated leadership across multiple business needs – cybersecurity, Analytics/BI, ERP, CRM, Datacenter and Infrastructure, scalable applications, critical infrastructure, physical, homeland security needs Global Program Delivery: - Led strategic initiatives for Microsoft to transform global program delivery capabilities to save 10% annually from $600 million annual spend - Led large teams for GE (up to 1200) and Microsoft (300+) delivering multiple, programs and process excellence initiatives - Led multiple $100+ million programs for Accenture's clients P&L/Budget Management: Built two Security and IT Managed Services start-ups generating more than $40 million in revenue, won 80 clients, and raised $30 million dollar. People & Organizational Development: - Revamped career path, launched people initiatives to improve engagement and employee satisfaction resulting in 12% reduction in attrition in 1 year at GE. - As Six Sigma champion, delivered more than $25 million dollars in tangible cost savings per year.

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Mar 2018 - Present

Aon

Global Head of Cybersecurity - Strategy & Architecture | Cloud | Digital Transformation

Lead global Cyber Security strategy and architecture. Scope includes Identity and Access Management, Network Security, Cloud Security, System Security, Data Security, Application Security, Security Monitoring, and Incident Response. - Defined M&A Playbook and integration cost model to streamline, optimize, and make integration processes repeatable and efficient. - Led security due diligence and remediations on multiple M&A deals. - Assessed security posture and defined security strategy - Defined security architecture and roadmap for several initiatives: Data Classification, Tagging, CSPM, CASB, CWPP, DevSecOps - Mapped capabilities to MITRE Attack, MITRE Shield, Lockheed Martin Cyber Kill Chain

Jul 2008 - Present

Ortus Consulting LLC

Founder & CEO | Cybersecurity | Homeland & Critical Infra Security | IT Managed Services & Solutions

Ortus helps clients optimize risk through variety of services which minimize attack surface, remediate vulnerabilities, manage threats, monitor anomalous behavior, continuously monitor for compliance, and simulate attacks. Ortus brings a unique approach to providing holistic security solutions to complex environments to counter advanced, persistent cybersecurity threats. Business Development & Solution Architecture: Provide strategic advisory services in assessing risks and security posture (through attack simulations, penetration tests, vulnerability assessments). Architect and propose solutions to meet assessed risks and posture, implement solutions to prevent/detect/remediate risks through defense-in-depth solutions (policy enforcement, EDR, Micro-segmentation, Software Defined Perimeter, Moving Target Defense, SOC Automation). Clients and prospects are from Banking, Government, Manufacturing, and Critical Infrastructure industries. Security Vision & Strategy: Consulted on baseline assessments, gap analyses, and risk-based strategies for complex enterprise information security programs. Produced executive roadmaps for continual improvement in teams, technology and processes. Implementation of these security strategies resulted in increased ability to withstand cyber breaches, as measured by sophisticated attack simulations. C-Suite Collaboration: Engaged with senior executives at client organizations. Service Delivery Management: Responsible for a variety of projects ranging from securing critical assets for a Bank to securing cyber-physical systems for a Oil and Gas company (pipleline security, SCADA/ICS security), and Government (threat intelligence). Incident Response Management: Reviewed existing incident management processes and platforms to recommend steps to minimize events and automate incident response to mitigate risks faster and improve SOC productivity. Strategic Partnerships: Partnered with innovative platform vendors.

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Jan 2011 - Jan 2013

ECS BizTech Ltd.

Co-Founder and CTO | Strategy | Business Development | Security | IT Infrastructure | Cloud

Co-founded and built a managed IT Infrastructure and Security services startup. Raised $30 million growth fund, won over 40 clients, generated over $5 million revenue in the very first year. Built strategic partnerships with SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and several other technology firms in the IT and Security space.

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Jan 2006 - Aug 2008

Microsoft

Senior Director | IT Strategy | Global Program Delivery | Organizational Change | Vendor Management

Recruited by Microsoft’s global CIO (who was my boss, CIO and GE Officer at GE C&I) to be part of leadership team to lead IT Strategic Initiatives. With strategic objective to take $450 Million cost out of $2.1 Billion annual spend, executed a road map to save $450M over three years through improved program delivery capabilities, realigning delivery organization, moving more work offshore, and rationalizing a portfolio of over 1900 global applications. Bench-marked IT organization against the industry to identify the levers to achieve $60M benefits over three years on an annual program spend of $600M. Directed vendor management with an annual spend of $50M - $60M (India to India).

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Apr 2003 - Jan 2006

GE Consumer & Industrial

Chief Operating Officer | CIO | Strategy | People & Organization | IT Delivery | IT Ops | Security

Was promoted to the COO role, inheriting an 800+ person IT organization (represented 70% of the global IT team) with an attrition of 28%. Organizational leadership responsibility spanned 12 technology Centers of Excellence (CoEs) (e.g. SAP/Oracle Apps, Seibel, Data Warehousing/ Business Intelligence, IT Infrastructure, etc.). Designed and rolled out several organizational and people initiatives. Reduced attrition to 16% in one year through increased employee engagement, building leadership pipeline, redesigned career path, redesigned leadership development programs, and revamped middle management. Defined operational capability growth plans to support a newly reorganized GE Industrial ($33 Billion revenue).

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Mar 2001 - Nov 2002

Thomson Reuters

Vice President | Product Development | Software Engineering | Vendor Management

Was rehired by the CIO to develop Digital Products for Venture Economics business unit. This BU offered analytical and digital information products to the VC/PE/Investment Banking industry. Outsourced Siebel CRM implementation saving over $1 Million. Led organization-wide Shared Services implementation.

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Apr 1998 - Mar 2001

Accenture

Senior Manager | Strategy | Program Management | Architecture

Developed growth strategy for a mid-size financial services client to grow revenues 10X in three years. Proposed an IT strategy, aligned with growth, to provide online, digital capabilities to issue no-collateral loans at point-of-sale and provide a highly personalized user experience. Led IT Operations Planning (definition of Service Management processes) and IT Infrastructure Management at a large Health Care provider to ensure stable deployment of transformative solutions, ensuring stability, across multiple states. For OCBC bank (3rd largest in Singapore), as part of the core CIO team, redesigned processes and enterprise architecture, on an eBank transformative journey. Strategic objective was to enable OCBC bank to gain 360-degree insights on their customer interactions. Proposed redesigned processes, enterprise architecture (including core banking), and customer interaction capabilities. As a leader of the PMO, led few of the strategic, transformational programs at US Bank with a budget of $150 Million.

Sep 1996 - Apr 1998

Thomson Financial

Director | Product Development | Software Engineering | Architecture

Was hired by the CIO to build a offer subscription-driven information services for the Investment Banking industry through a new product platform built on first-generation internet technologies. Built a team, designed product architecture, chose architectural building blocks, and integrated 12 content sources (including structured and unstructured content). Leveraged early-NLP tools, built by an internal research team, to match entities across content sources.

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Jan 1995 - Sep 1996

Merrill Lynch

Systems Consultant

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