Oyo appoints former PayU director Prakash Padariya as cybersecurity chief

Online hotel aggregator Oyo has announced the appointment of Prakash Padariya as chief information security officer (CISO) for the IT and security teams. In his role as Oyo, Padariya will lead a security strategy for the company’s systems globally, including regions such as India, ESA, Europe, the United States and the UK.

He will also be responsible for leveraging technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence to improve cybersecurity functions from the ground up.

Padariya’s last stint was at the Dutch headquarters of online payment solutions provider PayU, where he held a similar position. He has over 19 years of experience across geographies with extensive expertise in enterprise security consulting, cyber security, cyber warfare, vulnerability assessment, among others.

Besides PayU, he has held leadership positions in Fortune 100 multinationals such as GE, Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM, Target Corporation and Accenture. At Oyo, he will report directly to Ankit Mathuria, the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

“I’m super excited to join OYO at this point where all travel is transforming and resurfacing post Covid-19. I’m honored to be part of this team and can’t wait to start developing solutions to improve everyone’s maturity .Oyo’s products at the next level of security and privacy,” he said.

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