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Biography of Omkhar Arasaratnam

Mr. Omkhar Arasaratnam

Cloud Security Lead Architect, IBM

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Professional Profile

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.

Work Experience

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

2007- 2009

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
Acted as Linux Architect for several large account customers.

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.

Chair assignments

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

Pending Patents

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)