Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Raghavendra Kumar

AVP CSOC Detection and Response & Application Security

Saks Fifth Avenue

Raghavendra (Raghu) Kumar is a highly experienced and trusted leader in the field of information security. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he possesses a deep understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities facing organizations today.

Raghu has a proven track record of implementing effective security strategies and solutions that protect against cyber attacks and data breaches. His leadership and expertise have been instrumental in many organizations' successes, helping them secure sensitive information and meet compliance requirements.

Learn more about the Toronto CISO community here.

What are your guiding leadership principles?

Have clarity in what an organization needs to mature and solve security and technology problems. As a partner, enable teams to deliver the mandate. 

With disruption being a key theme of the past few years, where do you see your role as a CISO going in the next 1-2 years?

As technology domains get flatter, security and technology leadership roles will continue to overlap. Security leaders will absorb technology responsibilities and play a significant role in technology investments.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CISO?

I am new to this role, and I am happy to take advice. 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love cooking for pleasure.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community?

The value of joining the Evanta community is collaborating and learning from peers and vendor partners and helping the local CISO community to grow.


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