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CERIAS Security Seminar: From Venture Backed Firm to an IPO - A CISO's Journey

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security
August 30, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
STEW G52 (Suite 050B), West Lafayette Campus


Dr. Anand Singh
Alkami Technology


Establishing Cybersecurity discipline in an early stage, venture backed firm can be challenging. In early stages, staffing and budgeting can be minimal, while the cybersecurity needs may be intense. Once the company achieves a certain size, staffing and budgeting gets easier. However, a separate set of challenges creep in - (a) deploying a security regime to get ready for public markets; (c) meeting the needs of a very large number of customers; (d) stronger defense requirements since making a name for oneself also brings stronger scrutiny from attackers; and (e) a need to satisfy compliance regimes such as FFIEC, CCPA, etc.

In this lecture, Dr. Singh will cover all of these topics and more. He will discuss how to scale the security function of a rapidly growing organization during pre IPO and post IPO . He will also share key cybersecurity challenges faced by FinTech organizations.


Anand is a seasoned cybersecurity executive with over 25 years of experience managing technology, security, privacy, and risk teams in a variety of verticals. His career spans Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, eCommerce, Cloud, and SaaS companies. These include UnitedHealth Group, Target Corporation, Alkami Technology, Caliber Home Loans, and PTC.

He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Alkami Technology. Alkami's solutions enable financial institutions to outsmart the competition by providing the nation's best Cloud, SaaS, and PI centric digital banking platform. Alkami's mission is to be the gold standard in digital banking. More than 400 FIs and 15 million end users use Alkami's solutions. Anand is also a seasoned Board director with tenures at DaVinci Academy, CISO XC, and Dallas CISO Summit. 

Anand holds NACD.DC, CISM, and CISSP certifications. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, MS in Computer Science from Purdue University, and B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. Anand is a proud boilermaker and is deeply attached to Purdue's mission and its goals.

The weekly security seminar has been held every semester since spring of 1992. We invite personnel at Purdue and visitors from outside to present on topics of particular interest to them in the areas of computer and network security, computer crime investigation, information warfare, information ethics, public policy for computing and security, the computing "underground," and other related topics. More info

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