Profiles in Leadership: Prathap R

Cybersecurity Veteran Discusses Threats to Internet-Connected Devices
Prathap R, security industry veteran and CyberEdBoard executive member

The cybersecurity of devices that use semiconductors is imperative in today's digital world, says Prathap R, a security industry veteran who has 16 years of experience in semiconductors.

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"Semiconductors play a part in every device we touch," he says, and the biggest threat is that internet-connected devices don't have the protections that corporate networks have.

Prathap R explains how security of these IoT devices at first focused on the edge network and then on the endpoints. Now, he says, security is "baked in" early in the life cycle.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group conducted as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series at ISMG's Cybersecurity Summit in Bengaluru, Prathap R also discusses:

  • The importance of software composition analysis tools in securing IoT devices;
  • Securing the software development life cycle;
  • His constant desire to "stay ahead of the bad guys."

Prathap R has led global teams of threat intelligence and vulnerability management and network and infrastructure security operations. His other areas of focus include incident response, the MITRE ATT&CK Framework, risk assessment and management, DevSecOps, application security, security awareness and compliance.

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Rashmi Ramesh

Rashmi Ramesh

Senior Subeditor, Global News Desk, ISMG

Ramesh has seven years of experience writing and editing stories on finance, enterprise and consumer technology, and diversity and inclusion. She has previously worked at formerly News Corp-owned TechCircle, business daily The Economic Times and The New Indian Express.

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