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Mr. Dinesh Pillai


Dinesh Pillai is the Managing Director of Digital Forensis Pvt Ltd. A postgraduate in Electronic Engineering and a TEDx speaker, Dinesh has rich industry experience spanning more than 30 years. Having started his career with Tata Group, he worked his way to become the CEO of Mahindra Special Services Group [MSSG]. Post MSSG, he was instrumental in the growth of Acquisory Risk Consulting Pvt Ltd as a Cyber Security and Forensics-based business entity.


Mr. Pillai has more than 20 years of experience in the security and risk consulting domain. He has immense knowledge and experience in Cyber Security, Information Security, Business Continuity, GDPR, Physical Security, Digital Forensics, and Fraud Investigations Management.


He is a people-centric leader with a zest for building relationships and networking. The various business functions that have been successfully managed during his tenure are a testament to his Leadership Skills. 


Dinesh spearheaded marketing and sales of different business verticals from the Mahindra SSG days. He successfully creates a need at the customer end and handles pre-sales, sales, order closure, and relationship management.


His leadership approach focuses on timely delegation, empowering with the required resources, and mentoring on expected performance, ensuring quality and on-time delivery. Thus, when the situation demands, he can quickly navigate dynamic and ambiguous environments, adapting and prioritizing the required business needs.


Dinesh has extensive work experience in the Cyber Security Domain, including advising and approving IT networks and Cyber Security systems. He has been instrumental in creating, implementing, and maintaining cyber security policies, controls, and incident response plans for several organizations and has advised several boards and senior management on compliance related to the changing laws and regulations. His team has executed more than 200 projects of varying complexities of cyber security. Along with this, he has also completed at least 150+ projects related to fraud and forensics.


His clientele includes Tata Group, Aditya Birla Group, Godrej Group, Bombay Dyeing Group, Arvind Group, P&O Ports, Piramal Group, RPG, HUL, Mondeliez, UB Group, SAP, Infosys, Vodafone, Airtel, GMR, GVK, CESC, GAIL, several pharmaceutical companies and most of the media companies.

As a subject matter expert, he was invited to several international and national conferences to address Risk and Corporate Leadership challenges. His perspective on Information and Cyber Risk, Business Innovation, Competitive Advantage, Business Intelligence, and Sustaining Growth in a complex globalized world has been appreciated across several forums. Mr. Pillai conducts a talk series titled "CEO - Think like a criminal" (An insight into the behavioural contradictions while using Digital Space).


Mr. Pillai has extensively contributed to building media stories on business growth in key publications like The Economic Times, Times of India, Hindu Business line, Mint, Financial Chronicle, The Financial Express, CSO Forum, Business Today, Business Week, CIO review Magazine, CIO & Leader Magazine and India Today. 


Mr. Pillai was a member of the Joint Working Group on Public-Private Partnership on Cyber Security headed by Deputy NSA, India, CII National Committee on Telecom and Broadband, and ASSOCHAM National Council on Cyber Security.


He was the Chairman of the Safety and Security Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2010, which addressed the security issues in Mumbai post the terrorist attacks.


He is currently a member of the CII, BCCI, FICCI, and ASSOCHAM, actively participating in events and projects in India and abroad. 

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