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GovWare 2023 Speakers

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Kumar Ritesh

Kumar Ritesh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CYFIRMA

CYFIRMA Chairman and CEO, Kumar Ritesh, has 2+ decades of global cybersecurity leadership experience across all facets of the cybersecurity industry.
Heading up the cyber intelligence and counterterrorism unit of a national intelligence agency, Ritesh gained 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. Before founding CYFIRMA, Ritesh was also the global cybersecurity leader (CISO) 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. Ritesh is also the co-inventor of two patented technologies for phishing fraud detection and protocol-aware PCB architectures.