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Job title of nominated professionalFounder and CEO
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)CYFIRMA
Company size (employees)10 to 49
Headquarters RegionAsia

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- Ritesh started his career in cybersecurity more than 20 years ago. He has headed up a national cyber intelligence agency as well as leading the global cybersecurity function in one of the largest mining companies in the world. His experience in both public and private sectors have accorded him a unique view on how government and businesses should manage cyber threats and risks in a more effective and efficient manner.

- Ritesh's thinking on cybersecurity is guided by his expertise in cyber warfare and he applies his knowledge to help commercial organizations strengthen their cyber posture.

- Ritesh's deep insights into the world of hackers and hacktivists have also given him the rare perspective on how hackers would view a target, and how cyberattacks and technical exploits are orchestrated and executed. He now extends his knowledge to help organizations predict upcoming attacks. Over the years, Ritesh has provided deep insights on clients' threat landscape and that has helped them avoid massive financial and reputation damage.


CYFIRMA Founder and CEO, Kumar Ritesh, has 2+ decades of global cybersecurity leadership experience across all facets of the cybersecurity industry.

He spent the first half of his career as the head of a cyber-intelligence agency, gaining first-hand cyber threats and risks insights on a global scale before transitioning into the commercial arena as a senior executive for multi-national corporations IBM and PwC. Ritesh was also the global cybersecurity leader for one of the world’s largest mining companies, BHP Billiton.

A highly dynamic executive who successfully blends technology expertise with business acumen, Ritesh has a strong track record of developing successful cybersecurity strategies, products, policies, standards, and solutions, in addition to running complex cybersecurity programs.

He has developed prototypes for data loss prevention, social profile risk assessment, web content assessment management, intelligence-led cyber risk management, and adaptive cyberthreat intelligence tools. The co-inventor of two patented technologies for phishing fraud detection and protocol-aware PCB architectures, he is PMP, CISSP, CISM, CISSP-ISSAP, TOGAF 9.1, CIPM, and CIPT certified.

Through his blogs and public speaking engagements, Kumar educates companies on cyber security risks, solutions and trends.

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