Hemanta Swain, Global Head of Information Security and Compliance (CISO), II-VI Incorporated Profile

Hemanta Swain
Global Head of Information Security and Compliance (CISO), II-VI Incorporated

Hemanta Swain, Global Head of Information Security and Compliance (CISO), II-VI Incorporated Certificate


Hemanta is responsible for the company's global security, compliance, privacy, and cybersecurity risk management activities. His primary goal is to reduce cybersecurity risks by safeguarding critical infrastructure, intellectual property, and customer and employee information. Meeting regulatory compliance standards such as SOX, PCI, and NIST/CMMC compliance. On the privacy front, complying with GDPR, CCPA, PIPL, and other privacy regulations and laws. Hemanta aims to understand and find solutions to protect against emerging threats and vulnerabilities in this ever-changing cyber threat world. The latest cybersecurity solutions are required to mitigate the dangers posed by growing attacks. Understanding the dangers and their implications for the business allows Hemanta to interact with the senior leadership team and gain their support in proactively implementing remedies.

Hemanta got interested in computer networking and communication after completing his college degree. He began as an intern in order to gain experience in networking and system management. Without knowing anything about security as a profession, he was very interested in learning about the internet and curious about the investigation. Hemanta had the opportunity to work for a multi-national service organization (Wipro Ltd.), where he learned about enterprise networking as well as client controls and protection requirements. After a few years, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked as a consultant on the systems and network infrastructure of several start-up organizations, including engineering and IT systems and applications. This helped Hemanta to learn more about application and critical infrastructure security.

“Hemanta's professional mission is to Building Trust in this digital world for a safer and better future.”

After the dot com bubble burst, Hemanta joined TiVo – a consumer electronics company where he got an opportunity to build and maintain 24/7 enterprise systems, networking services, and infrastructure. During that time security became an essential independent team. As Hemanta was leading security and compliance-related operational activities, it was easier for him to take the security leadership role starting at the Manager to VP level to drive the organization’s risk management initiatives. Started enjoying taking on more responsibilities – privacy, compliance, and BCP/DR management. Hemanta is the former CISO for TiVo and then performed an interim CISO role at Hitachi America before taking this full-time Global Head of Information security (CISO) role.

II-VI Incorporated is a highly integrated manufacturing firm that creates unique products for a variety of applications in the communications, industrial, aerospace & defense, semiconductor capital equipment, life sciences, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. Understanding business and proactively assisting management with understanding and mitigating cybersecurity and compliance risks are key to success at Hemanta. One of II-VI Incorporated's key differentiators is its diverse and unique product portfolio, which has led to outstanding success. II-VI Incorporated’s mission is: “Enabling the world to be safer, healthier, closer, and more efficient”. Value: A world transformed through innovative materials vital to a better life today and the sustainability of future generations.

Hemanta says, “II-VI business growth is exponential and there is a need to protect business-critical operations and data while meeting regulatory requirements. II-VI hired me to drive security and compliance initiatives globally. In a short period of time, I was able to assess and create a strategic roadmap to drive these initiatives. Some of the immediate achievements include building a global cybersecurity team with a clear vision, policies, and processes, the rollout of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution for 22K+ employees globally, Establishing an Incident Response plan with retainer services, Implementing new vulnerability management capabilities to quickly identify vulnerabilities, Enhancing E-mail security capabilities, and complying with PIPL and GDPR privacy requirements. I was able to improve the cyber security maturity to a higher level. In addition to this, closer to achieving CMMC level-3 certification when available.” At II-VI, Hemanta was able to support one of the pillars, which is security and compliance. Hemanta's ability to comprehend any critical situation and his unique capability to develop innovative solutions for a smooth and successful business are what make him a tremendous CISO. IE


II-VI Incorporated


Hemanta Swain
Global Head of Information Security and
Compliance (CISO), II-VI Incorporated


II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components, is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in the industrial, optical communications, military, life sciences, semiconductor equipment, and consumer markets.

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