Anil Varghese

Anil is a seasoned information security executive with over twenty-five years of global experience in building, maturing, and turning around enterprise technology risk management program(s). He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the financial services sector. He has been charged with technology governance and maturing assurance programs at two Blackstone portfolio companies. Under his leadership, as a 5x CISO – Anil had direct responsibility for setting strategic direction on IT security, risk, regulatory compliance mandates, and privacy matters.  He has served as a trusted advisor and thought leader across industry for PayPal, American Express, Sony, and others.  He is accustomed to elevating the conversation to enable the businesses to move with a defined security mindset.  Anil has fostered key strategic relationships across boardrooms by focusing on managing risk and not promoting fear.

Anil is a sitting Board member at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in developing their graduate master’s Cyber and incubator programs. He holds numerous security certifications and most recently completed the Global Policy in Cybersecurity program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Anil is a recognized and sought-after international speaker on topics ranging from security innovation to strategies on engaging the C-Suite/Board of Directors.

He is also co-author of The CISO Mentor: Pragmatic advice for emerging risk management leaders; where all book proceeds are earmarked to support scholarships for those pursuing careers in Cyber or STEM fields.