Kishen Sridharan – Raymond James

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments

When I joined Raymond James, I first established a project management function within Information Security & Infrastructure for the CISO. Then I worked with the VP of DevOps and Automation to establish a product management mindset and portfolio to prepare to move the InfraSec organization to an “as a service” operating model.

In 2017, I established the Raymond James CTF or Capture-The-Flag event. For the event, we fly in ten universities with teams of five cyber-students and one advisor. They participate in various cyber challenges with varying scores based on difficulty. The team with the highest score at the end of the CTF wins $10,000. The objective is to identify & recruit world-class cybersecurity talent for Raymond James Information Security, while providing students the educational experience and opportunity to put their curriculum to practice. I won the CIO’s award for Outstanding Achievement following my efforts with the RJ CTF.

In my current role as Raymond James’ Cybersecurity Partnership & Outreach Executive, I report to the CISO. In this strategic role, I focus on strengthening and growing Raymond James’ network of relationships with outside organizations like industry associations (e.g. FS-ISAC and SIFMA), peers, government/law enforcement entities, universities, potential new strategic suppliers, and community. I determine the level of engagement, assess ROI to Raymond James, and make sure Raymond James is a valuable contributing partner in return.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

The warm weather year round and access to the best beaches in the United States.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

  1. Morning walks along Clearwater Beach with my wife
  2. Spending time with our young German Shepherd pup
  3. Eating the vegan pho at Bamboozle Café
  4. Eating the bruleed butter cake at Edison Food Lab
  5. Picking honeybell oranges at Dooley Groves

How do you give your time back in the community?

I am a mentor in the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Next Generation Tech competition – https://www.pinellaseducation.org/students/next-generation-tech. I am also a board member of the Emerging Technology Leaders group of Tampa Bay. In this capacity, I am laser focused on supporting community goals of being THE hub of technological innovation especially in the area of cybersecurity AND continuing to enrich Tampa Bay with world-class talent, especially in cybersecurity. After all, Tampa Bay is #CyberValley.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

I am most proud of the year I spent with Christopher Muller, RJ VP of DevOps and Automation to establish a product management mindset and portfolio. He helped me turn my intellectual curiosity into being a strategic thinker. In the course of accomplishing our goals in product management, I worked directly with the associates in the trenches and learned exactly how they used various tools and technology. They also shared the upside and downside to each piece of technology in intimate detail. I became a better-informed associate, and that helped when working with RJ InfraSec leadership to draft strategic roadmaps.

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