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Ashish Thapar
Managing Principal & Head, APJ Region at Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center


Ashish Thapar is the Managing Principal & Head for APJ region for Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC). In this role, he heads the team of experts responsible for all customer-facing proactive cyber incident response services, ongoing threat intelligence and reactive digital forensics investigations. Prior to this role, Ashish was responsible for the portfolio management of Verizon’s security professional services team in Asia, leading teams that delivered GRC, TVM, SOC and PCI consulting services to customers based in the region. With over 18 years of experience in multiple Cyber Security disciplines, Ashish has a long history of serving countless high profile clients across multiple business verticals, assisting them with their cyber security strategy, governance risk & compliance, and threat & vulnerability management areas.

Ashish holds a number of global certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, SANS GCFA, CCSK and CDCP. In addition, he had also been an accredited PCI QSA and PA QSA for several years.

Mr. Thapar has written several white papers/articles/publications and has been an active speaker in several industry events/seminars including coverage on live TV programmes, radio interviews and podcasts on issues related to cyber security.

Ashish is also the main coordinator and key contributor to Verizon’s support for CyRiM project (run by NTU and sponsored by MAS) in Singapore. He also acts as a lead mentor for Singapore based cybersecurity startup firms in collaboration with the Cyber Security Agency, ICE71 and CyLon.