02.09.2018
By Rob Daly

CAT Names CISO

Thesys CAT LLC, the Thesys Technologies subsidiary operating as the Plan Processor for the Consolidated Audit Trail, appointed Vas Rajan as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

The appointment was made in collaboration with the Operating Committee of CAT NMS LLC and in accordance with the CAT NMS Plan. Effective March 1st, Mr. Rajan will report to Andre Frank, President of Thesys CAT and will be based at the Thesys CAT headquarters in New York. The Thesys CAT CISO role is also a fiduciary officer of CAT NMS LLC and will also report directly to the Operating Committee.

Vas Rajan, Thesys CAT

In this capacity, Vas Rajan will be responsible for ensuring security compliance of the CAT System and evolving and executing cybersecurity programs as the CAT platform advances from build to live along with its continuous development and optimization. In this role, he will also be responsible for partnering with the CISOs from the Self Regulatory Organizations (SROs) to ensure the highest standards of security across the CAT System.

Mike Beller, Chief Executive Officer, Thesys Technologies, said, “Security has been at the forefront of our design and strategy for the CAT system from the beginning, and one important key to success is ensuring there is a well-rounded leader to oversee all the security aspects of the CAT, both before it goes live, and once it is operational. We are pleased that, together with the SROs, we have found an exceptionally talented candidate like Vas, who is highly capable of securing the system and working with the multiple stakeholders within CAT to deliver best in class security practices,” said Beller.

Vas Rajan joins Thesys CAT with over 20 years of Information Technology experience within the financial services industry. Most recently he served as CISO and Business Continuity Officer of CLS Bank, the member owned FX market utility, where he was responsible for the security strategy of the company in accordance with all requirements of a financial market utility, designated as systemically important by the U.S. government. In this role, he interfaced with numerous regulators and government agencies, including the Federal Reserve. Prior to CLS, Mr. Rajan was Head of Security and Privacy Officer of ING Direct USA, a major retail bank and brokerage.

Andre Frank, President of Thesys CAT said, “The addition of Vas Rajan to Thesys CAT completes our leadership team and brings us a step closer in our overall mission. His vast experience in operating in complex environments with stringent rules where information security is an integral facet of the business strategy is what drew him to the overall CAT mission. We are delighted to have gained a seasoned markets and cyber-security expert, who has implemented information security programs across heavily dynamic and regulated environments,” Frank added.

Mr. Rajan earned his Bachelor Degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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