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As the Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Microsoft Asia’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Abbas Kudrati, leads Microsoft’s initiatives and operations to provide thought leadership, strategic direction on the development of Microsoft security products and services and deep customer and partner engagement across Australia, India and ASEAN region. He consults with governments, critical infrastructure organizations and enterprises to enable them to secure corporate data and manage risk while taking advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s intelligent cloud, intelligent edge world.
Abbas has extensive experience in consulting organizations on cybersecurity strategies and educating and mentoring cybersecurity experts. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2018, Abbas was the Chief Information Security Officer at KPMG Australia where he was responsible for leading the information security, governance, risk and privacy protection programs for more than 20 offices across Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. His list of achievements in this role includes certifying KPMG Australia against ISO 27001 and the early adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
Abbas is also a part-time Professor of Practice in Cybersecurity with LaTrobe University and an Executive Advisory Board Member for Cybersecurity with Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. Passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, Abbas frequently speaks at cybersecurity seminars and events, and has published number of articles and case studies.
Abbas graduated from Gujarat University, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Auditing and is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Block Chain Expert, among other professional certifications.