Bijender Mishra, IT News, ET CIO


By Dhrumil Dhakan

In 2020, his book on cybersecurity, ‘Cyber ​​Security: Be Aware! Connect carefully! “Hit the market as his first effort in this space, its success prompted Bijender Mishra to write another book, which he is working on right now, on how to be a” cyber-intelligent digital citizen “.

Originally from Darbhanga district in Bihar, Mishra had lived a humble childhood in his village, having spent most of his youth there without electricity, witnessing for the first time at the age of 12.

Belonging to an army family, he learned to be patient and disciplined from childhood and follows the same discipline today. His father served in the Indian Army and had to travel due to his postings, Mishra spent a lot of time traveling. After completing the 6th year of his village school, he moved to Delhi, a move that marked him a lot.

Speaking of which he said, “Coming from a small village to the capital of India was something I never dreamed of, actually. Mishra completed his enrollment and intermediate from an army school in Delhi.

With an affinity for technology, he obtained a B.Tech degree from Kanpur University. He credits his family for his interest in education, saying, “In our family we were very education oriented, my grandfather was the first graduate from our village and my father was the first graduate from our village. of his generation and I was the first graduate from my village. My grandfather used to say that no matter how much time and money you invest in education, it is worth it and will pay you back in your life.

He then pursued an MBA at the Institute of Technology & Management and completed it, which he started working as an IT intern at Havells India when it was still a very small company. . His responsibilities included assembling desktops, configuring laptops and printers, etc. and later was instrumental in automating various business processes and launching their business management solution for the organization.

Mishra’s growth at Havells has been quite aggressive, as has the company itself, as he was promoted to the role of IT manager, leading a team of 35 IT professionals. Even then, he didn’t drop out of education and he went to Harvard and finished Enterprise Risk in the Information Age.

“But you know, since securing the border and securing our great nation was in my DNA, I decided to move towards securing businesses and their data. Cybercrime was rampant, and for ordinary people who want to help. others and arresting criminals, there was no better way than to become a cybersecurity professional. I had the opportunity to set up all the infrastructure, the security operations center and the Network Operations Center, I had a good opportunity to improve my cybersecurity skills, ”Mishra said about what interested him in the cybersecurity space.

After spending 4 years in his first organization, he got the idea of ​​working on an overseas assignment that would help him gain perspective and, interestingly, had the opportunity to lead an IT team in the ministry. Oman called Diwan of Royal Court Affairs.

“So Diwan of Royal Court Affairs was a personal department of the Sultan of His Majesty Bin Qaboos Al Said, who was the ruler of the country, and I joined there in 2006 as the senior director of IT operations and security” , he explained of his role there, “and running a ministry that serves as a personal department for the ruler of the country was really a great privilege for me, I was the only Indian who was part of the ‘whole operation of IT, “Mishra said.

His time there was filled with many accomplishments, although some of them stood out for him, including helping the ministry set up its first TIER4 certified data center in the Middle East.

“During my tenure in IT services we hit an uptime of 99,999, he ran a campaign there called IT AT YOUR DESK which was well appreciated by the firm (SURA) and he was called by the Her Majesty’s office for appreciation. I had the privilege of meeting Her Majesty and was rewarded by him for my excellent service, ”adds Mishra of his accomplishments with the Diwan.

Due to a policy that all ministry posts were held by residents of Oman, he had to work for someone reporting to him, which prompted him to leave the organization and he joined the Punjas group in June 2010, which was located in Fiji.

After managing their IT landscape and cybersecurity operations, Bijender recalls how he had the opportunity to conduct several forensic investigations for the company during cybercrime incidents that occurred.

After a stint of 3 years, he joined the Kenana group based in Sudan, Africa, his responsibilities taking him across the continent. “A very difficult assignment that I had with Kenana because the country was under an American embargo, so you had very limited support from the suppliers and you had to leverage your local resources, but it was also a very good mission because I learned something that I never thought of, ”recalls Mishra.

In 2016, Mishra moved to Hong Kong to work for Shun Shing Group, which is part of Alibaba Group, where he led their IT landscape as interim CIO and CISO for 4 years before returning to India after 18 years. working abroad and having traveled to forty countries, to work for his current company, Alkem.

“This is the one thing that I used to follow as a hard rule, that wherever you go you have to respect the local people and then other than that you have to respect the local culture as well, that is what I have learned throughout my career, ”says Mishra of her experiences working abroad for so long.

Meditator and author

Twice Author and Security Officer: Bijender MishraA family man through and through, Mishra credits his family for being his greatest stress reliever and loves spending time with them playing with his two daughters.

Over the past year, with cyber attacks looming and the pandemic in full swing, he has found the act of meditating to be very helpful with writing. Not only books, but even poems were a big influence in his life. Adding to the subject, he said, “So I write a book, and then I do a lot of meditation, and the meditation really gives me a lot of relief.”

Having had a vast career spanning vast countries, Mishra has made a name for himself, but what always drives him through is the trust of his peers and superiors, something he considers important. in his career, adding to that, he said, “I strongly believe that true and true success is one that comes after hard work and honesty. It comes without harming others through talent and divine gifts.” , said Mishra.


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