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Biography of Omkhar Arasaratnam
Mr. Omkhar Arasaratnam
Cloud Security Lead Architect, IBM
Omkhar Arasaratnam is a Senior IT Architect with IBM Canada. Omkhar has over 12 years of Information Technology experience focused on advising and consulting to both the executive and senior leadership ranks of some IBM’s largest customers. Omkhar is known globally within IBM as a Cloud computing security thought leader and is the lead contact for IBM worldwide submissions for Cloud computing to the International Standards Organization. Omkhar currently co-leads the Open Group’s Security for the Cloud and SOA project.
Cloud Security Lead Architect – IBM
Global Lead Security Architect for IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+)
Responsible for development of the security architecture used globally for SCE+
Security lead for initial customer bid responses involving SBCE+
Coordinated multiple development work streams from IBM Research, Software, Hardware and Services divisions
Senior IT Security Architect – IBM Canada
2009 – 2010
Canadian Cloud security thought leader, presented at several conferences, universities and customer briefings
Developed cloud security assessments and training for GTS worldwide
IBM worldwide lead for ISO/IEC submissions regarding Cloud Computing
Security for the Cloud and SOA project co-lead at the Open Group
Thought leader, architect and trusted advisor to CIO, CTO and CISCO regarding information security and risk management
Lead security architect for multi-million dollar complex opportunities involving SARM, ISS, GBS, Research, SWG Lab services for SO and non SO accounts
Lead security solution architect for new logo and SO renewals
Team Solution Design method advocate for IBM Security Service in Canada
Canadian lead for Smart Grid security
Technical Presales Architect – IBM Canada
Developed solution architectures which assisted IBM clients with realizing business goals through use of IBM products and services
Lead incubator team at the Open Group regarding Cloud security
Performed infrastructure assessments and roadmap planning using CIR (Component Infrastructure Roadmap) technique.
Created IT Service Management improvement plan for a Large US Financial Institution, projected to reduce operational expense by 35% over 5 years
Lead a $20 million dual data center / IT Service Management improvement project with Large US Retailer
Assisted a large US Energy and Utility company with converging Operations Technology and Information Technology objectives into a 5 year SmartGrid convergence plan.
Acted as Security subject matter expert for CIR content
Developed Cloud adoption model content
Assisted with development and maintenance of the CIR materials and tools
Security & Privacy Architect – IBM Canada
Acted as Chief Information Security Officer for key government and financial clients
Developed Security Program Offices for several financial and government clients
Assisted several clients with regulatory compliance projects (Sarbanes Oxley, Bill 198)
Developed and augmented policies, procedures and standards for clients based on ISO 17799-2005 and ISO 27001
Created Enterprise Security Architecture for several key clients
Member of the Open Group SOA Security Architecture working group
Canadian lead for IBM’s Data Centric Security Architecture initiative
IBM Enterprise Security Architecture working group leader
Developed solution architectures to meet client security needs
Performed security compliance reviews for various operating systems
Conducted forensics investigations.
Performed security related code review.
Lead Ethical Hacking team from 2005-2006, generating over $1 million in revenue across Canada and the Caribbean
Performed ethical hacking / penetration testing for numerous customers
Team Lead, Intel Server Services - IBM Canada
Contributed to ITCS204/ITCS104 Linux Appendix
Balanced workload across the team.
Represented Intel Server Services during Strategic Outsourcing contract negotiations with customer.
Conducted coaching sessions and root cause analysis when service outages occurred.
Actively participated in process improvement exercises to ensure optimal team performance.
Lead study of patch automation tools which reduced security workload by 60% across the business unit.
Reduced server build time by 30% using unattended build process for Windows.
Architected server consolidation plan, reducing 32 Intel servers to two pSeries. Saved over 73% in operating costs.
Architected and implemented the first Linux/Oracle RAC cluster in Canada.
System Administrator, Intel Server Services - IBM Canada
Performed System Administration duties for Intel based servers supporting internal and IGS Canada customers.
Served as Linux technical lead for service delivery center.
Worked with Account teams to migrate outsourced legacy Windows servers to Linux.
Successfully maintained Internal Security compliance for over 30 Linux servers.
Lead successful migration of all servers from Red Hat consumer distribution to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a timely manner.
Developed web based on call paging system. Implemented using PHP and MySQL.
Developed KickStart based deployment method for new Linux server builds, reducing build time by 50%.
Mentored team members with Linux skill building.
Facilitated vulnerability scanning for all servers maintained by department.
Contributed to Internal Linux Security standards.
Assisted account team with VMware consolidation project.
Served as technical lead for Blade Center deployment.
Thinkpad Technical Support IBM Canada
Provided second level and supervisory support for technical support call center.
Coached and mentored agents to improve customer satisfaction metrics.
Addressed customer escalations.
IBM Architecture Certification Board
The Open Group: Security for the Cloud and SOA Project Lead
The Open Group: Cloud Working Group Steering Committee
ISO/Standards Council of Canada : JTC1/SC38 Cloud Computing Working Group
IBM Worldwide lead for ISO JTC1/SC38 Cloud contributions
IBM Security Architecture Board
IBM Cloud Computing Security Architecture Board
IBM Invention Development Team – AS-CAN
O.Aarasaratnam (Author) et al: Is Your Enterprise Ready for Cloud, IBM Press, TBD, TBD
O.Arasaratnam (Author) et al: Auditing Cloud Computing, A Security and Privacy Guide, John Wiley & Sons, TBD, TBD
A.Buecker,K.Lodewijkx, H.Moss, K.Skapinetz, M.Waidner, O.Arasaratnam (Contributing Author): Cloud Security Guidance – Redpaper, 2009
S. Tahaghoghi, H. Williams, O. Arasaratnam (Technical Editor): Learning MySQL, O'Reilly, in: Book, 2006, ISBN/ISSN 0596008643
C. Benvenuti, O. Arasaratnam (Technical Editor): Understanding Linux Network Internals, O'Reilly, in: Book, 2005, ISBN/ISSN 0596002556
N. Tardy, O. Arasaratnam (Interviewed): Linux: How Secure is it?, IBM, in: IBM eServer Magazine, 2005
S. Vetter, O. Arasaratnam, R. Arenburg, B. Elkin, R. Grima, J. Kelly: The IBM eServer BladeCenter JS20, IBM, in: Book, 2005, ISBN/ISSN 073849061X
S. Hochstetler, O. Arasaratnam, R. Branco: Migrate Exchange 5.5 to Domino on Linux, IBM, in: Redpaper, 2003
S. Hochstetler, O. Arasaratnam, R. Branco: Linux: Why It Should Replace Your Windows NT Domains, IBM, in: Redpaper, 2003
S. Hochstetler, O. Arasaratnam, R. Branco: Open Your Windows with Samba on Linux, IBM, in: Redpaper, 2003
S. Hochstetler, O. Arasaratnam, R. Branco: Migrate Exchange 5.5 to Domino on Linux – Redpaper , 2003
Contributions to Intellectual Property
Published Invention Disclosures
Context Based SQL Sanitization>IPCOM000156081D
A method to retract a sent instant message>IPCOM000157681D
A method for implementing situational authentication challenges> IPCOM000184261D
Policy based secure workload allocation in a distributed computing environment, IP.com, IPCOM000184260D
Job scheduling based on environmental impact>, IP.com, IPCOM000156081D
A method for determining the trust of an unknown supplicant in an distributed environment based on a hierarchical weighing system>(CIPO and USPTO)
A method for optimizing the on demand allocation of virtual machines using a stateless preallocation pool> (CIPO and USPTO)
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