Pradeep Ponnuswamy, CISSPSoutheast Practice Director
- University of Maryland at College Park – Political Science
areas of concentration
- Enterprise Risk Assessments
- HIPAA Assessments
- GDPR Readiness review
- Cloud Architecture & Security Reviews
- Security Risk Assessments
- Compliance Advisory
- SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) Readiness
- Technical Policy & Procedure Development
- ISO 27001 Readiness
- PCI DSS Readiness Assessment
- SOC 1 & SOC 2 Examinations
- Medical devices
- Financial Services
- Higher Education
- International Financial Regulators
- Federal, State, Local Governments
Pradeep is a seasoned Information Security Professional with a robust background in Information Security, Governance, Compliance and Privacy. He has directed and completed extremely complex information system audits, PCI-DSS compliance audits, ISO risk assessments, IT security training and vendor management audits.
Pradeep’s clients view him as a gifted communicator with a unique ability to break highly technical information into easy to understand terms. He has delivered ISACA IT Audit training to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which is equivalent to the US Federal Reserve.
He has conducted numerous IT Assessments and helped build information security programs that range from large enterprise companies to Silicon Valley based startups. These include crypto currency exchanges and emerging health care data mining companies. His portfolio includes security assessments for healthcare mobile apps for the pharmaceutical industry.
His deep technical background has allowed Pradeep to act as a trusted advisor to numerous technology companies. Pradeep has assisted firms in incorporating security as a component of software development processes. Pradeep enabled a Silicon Valley startup Amino to first ever qualify for the CMS Qualified Entity Certification Program (QECP). Included among his numerous areas of expertise are various IT compliance frameworks such as:
- NIST 800-53, 171, CSF
- SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley)
- SSAE 18 (SOC 1), SOC 2
Most of Pradeep’s free time is spent on working on his beloved Fedora box spinning up endless Docker containers for development, pen-testing, prototyping and malware analysis. His programming interests include Machine Learning, AI and RPA.
Pradeep is a hardware enthusiast designing, building and programming his personal IoT devices. His latest project is to program nVIDIA’s new AI Jetson Nano chip. Pradeep is also a Certified ESL (English as a Second Language) professor and a University of Cambridge certified English examiner.