CIO Wall

Sarzil Sarwar

Head of Information Digital Technology - BAT Bangladesh

CIO Perspectives

The Pandemic triggered digital and remote working making Cyber Security one of the top priorities for organizations. In this context, tell us briefly how your organization managed the transition to remote working during the pandemic? How did you manage employees logging into the corporate network or accessing critical resources and remain protected from cyber-attacks? Tell us about some of the unique security best practices that you have implemented to protect your organization against cyber-attacks?

At the onset, COVID-19 further accelerated our digital transformation journey which had the building blocks in place, but not utilized to the fullest extent. We enabled secured and remote working by partnering up with connectivity and solution providers ensuring a solid environment. Aside, there was a continued cyber security awareness campaign and training. Further, we put our early learnings into action and fast-tracked certain projects like ZTNA within the environment.

As a leading FMCG and a listed company, we always stay ahead of the curve by continuously monitoring, assessing, and plugging any gaps in the internal environment, process or policies to ensure a robust network. We not only safeguarded internal stakeholders but also had to ensure that all channel partners and relevant stakeholders are also in sync with best practices.