Lakshmi Hanspal is the Chief Security Officer of SAP Ariba. In this senior leadership role, Lakshmi drives an innovative and robust approach to securing all aspects of SAP Ariba, that is collaborative, business centric and sustainable. Her team plays a critical role leading day to day operations across the Global Security Organization including Security Strategy, Architecture and Operations, Threat Intelligence, Privacy and Governance, Risk & Compliance.
Lakshmi’s experience as an influential leader spans across 20+ years in Information Security and Risk management, with 16+ years in the financial and payment space. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, Lakshmi was at PayPal where she was responsible for Corporate Information Security including Risk Management during the separation of PayPal from eBay. Prior to PayPal, Lakshmi was Senior Vice President at Bank of America and led teams that were responsible for Security Strategy, Risk Management and Compliance
Lakshmi is a frequent speaker at security conferences and executive forums. She most recently presented at this year’s RSA conference and will be keynote speaker at the Global Cyber Security Summit at Berlin later in the year. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Cipher Cloud, holds a patent for adaptive LDAP schema and has published multiple articles on web security and privacy. Lakshmi graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Science from Boston University.