AITech Interview with Prateek Bhajanka, APJ Field CISO Director at SentinelOne

Explore the future of cloud security in the Asia Pacific Japan region with Prateek, discussing challenges, best practices, and SentinelOne’s role in AI-driven cybersecurity.


Could you please share some insights into your professional journey as APJ Field CISO Director at SentinelOne?

Prateek: The role of Field CISO is very interesting as it focuses on the value proposition of the security initiatives and deployments. This role helps me in cutting the prevailing noise in the industry because of the overwhelming number of jargon, overmarketing, and overpromises of the providers. At the same time, it helps the security leaders climb the maturity curve and define the security charter.

Which emerging trends or technological advancements do you anticipate will have a substantial impact on cloud security within the Asia Pacific Japan region in the near future?

Prateek: The adoption of cloud computing and services for both critical and non-critical business applications, use of edge computing, and automation of the workflow will increase the business’s reliance on the cloud. This digital progression will make the attack surface endless. Hence, cloud security would have to be taken far more seriously.

In your opinion, what could be the concrete steps for creating and implementing a cloud-specific incident response plan?

Prateek: Cloud Incident Response (IR) today needs to grapple with a radically different set of challenges, including data volume, accessibility, and the speed at which threats can multiply within cloud architectures. The interplay of various components, such as virtualization, storage, workloads, and cloud management software, intensifies the complexity of securing cloud environments.

That being said, Cloud IR cannot be done in isolation of the company’s overall incident response activities and business continuity plans. When possible, cloud security tools should use the same SOC, SOAR, and communication tools currently being used to secure other company elements. Using the same infrastructure ensures that suspicious and threatening cloud activities receive an immediate and appropriate response.

How do you envision SentinelOne in the next upcoming 5 years?

Prateek: SentinelOne helps organizations secure from tomorrow’s threats today by taking an approach of AI+ Data + People. These three components are vital for providing effective cybersecurity. AI helps organizations cut the noise and identify the needle in the haystack, stitching the data points, and also helps scale humans, data analytics on the security data collected from various attack surfaces to identify the patterns and analyze the attacks and people to identify the root cause of the attack whether it’s the policy design, culture, operations, etc and work to fix it.

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