Prior to joining the private sector, Nandkumar has had an illustrious career of over two decades in the Indian Police Service (IPS). His last assignment in the IPS was on secondment to NASSCOM (2005-08), as Director, Cyber Security and Compliance, which involved policy formulation on cyber security and privacy, capacity building for law enforcement, incident response management and outreach on data security and cyber safety.
During his law enforcement career, Nandkumar served in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for seven years, looking after enforcement of the Prevention of Corruption Act, investigation of bank frauds and economic offences, in addition to six years with West Bengal Police and two years with J&K Police.
He was a member of the High Level Group on Electronic Banking Controls Governance and Technology Risk Management Standards set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He was the Chairman, India Payment Risk Council (IPRC), a body of fraud risk professionals in Indian banks, for three years.
He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Baton and Revolver for being the Best All-round Probationer of the 1987 batch of the IPS and also the Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad as well as a Masters’ degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
In his role of public advocacy, he has authored, and presented, policy papers on reasonable security practices, encryption policy, extending of binding corporate rules to the service providers under the EU Data Protection Directive, and recommendations on the proposed privacy law in the country. He has commented on the security and privacy concerns of the UID project, and presented the same at RISE international conference on security, privacy and ethics of biometrics. He has written several articles on the stronger data protection regime under the IT (Amendment) Act, 2008; and delivered talks on cyber crimes and cyber security; and privacy protection.
Dr. Bajaj’s policy paper on “Cybersecurity – Mobilizing for International Action” delivered at the Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, Dallas has been widely circulated by the East West Institute.