Deepak Rout

Deepak has more than 20 years of professional experience in technology risk management and leadership roles. He is currently an Executive Cybersecurity Advisor at Microsoft assigned to select strategic Government and Commercial organizations in Canada. Prior to this he was leader of the IT & Cyber Risk Consulting practice for Canada at Protiviti – a global management consulting firm. This is Deepak’s second innings at Microsoft; earlier in his career he was the Chief Security Advisor and Director, Privacy at Microsoft India.

Prior to Microsoft and consulting, Deepak has spent most of his career as a practitioner in various industry sectors. Immediately prior to Protiviti, he was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at ‘The Co-operators Group Limited’ – a leading Canadian full service Insurance company comprising of several individual business entities, with the overall accountability for all IT Risk, Governance, Compliance, Security Architecture and Operations portfolios. Prior to that, he was the Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer for a subsidiary of Telenor Group – a global telecom major. Previously, he was Group Head, Cyber Security at Infosys Technologies, a global IT Services leader. And prior to switching over to the corporate arena, Deepak has served long years as an officer in the Indian Army from where his last rank was Lieutenant Colonel.

During his professional carrier, Deepak has contributed significantly in several technology leadership and management roles. He has demonstrated and proven subject matter expertise and thought leadership in the domains of IT Risk Management, Information & Cyber Security, Business Continuity, and Privacy. He has travelled globally and participated in several professional forums as a speaker, panellist and chairperson. He is also a winner of several awards in the IT and Cyber Security domains.