Vikas Bhatia

Company: Kalki Consulting LLC
Title: CEO
Class: Third Party (Cyber) Risk Management - Don't let your suppliers be your weakest link.. and don't be someone else's!!

Vikas Bhatia is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Kalki Consulting.  Headquartered in New York, Kalki provides retained Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Cyber SecurITy solutions to small and medium sized businesses in a range of different industry sectors including financial services technology, retail, healthcare, education and manufacturing. 

Since 2012, Kalki has provided Cybersecurity guidance to organizations' business focused Senior non-technical executives as well as IT managers, CTOs and CIOs who are tackling the daily pressures of I.T. while trying to address Cybersecurity or compliance initiatives. 

Vikas has over 18 years' enterprise information technology experience with over 17 years dedicated to information security operations, auditing, compliance and consulting engagements.  Prior to founding Kalki, he held senior consulting positions at the Federal Reserve Bank, Deloitte & Touché and Cap Gemini where he served clients such as, the (UK) Ministry of Defense, Barclays Bank, American Express, Visa, CIT Bank, Citigroup, Honeywell, Shell Oil, Target (way before the breach!) and has indirectly advised countless other state and local government, energy financial services, healthcare, and retail clients.

Throughout his career, he has earned numerous professional certifications, including:

-           Security Assurance for the Federal Reserve (SAFR)

-           HiTRUST Certified Practitioner

-           Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)

-           Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

-           Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

-           Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Vikas earned a BA in Economics from Kingston University in the UK and has been recognized as an Advanced Degree holder in Information Risk Management from Pennsylvania State 

University. Additionally, based on his expertise, Vikas was awarded permanent residence status in 2012 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which deemed him a "person with exceptional ability in the national interest" in the area of Information Security.

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We have come to NY Tech Summit for four years now and my team and I get a good variety of technical, business, and strategic sessions to complement our work objectives. I like that there is a balance of end users, consultants, and vendors to present and facilitate the sessions. The interaction is candid and engaging, but not a sales pitch. Being a regional conference helps, it is the right amount of time and location for a couple days to reenergize my team and refocus on our objectives. There seems to be quite a bit of peer discussion with a smaller conference, which I like.

- Randy
Director of IT