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Tara Khanna

Managing Director, Accenture Security,
Application Security Lead

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Tara leads Accenture's global capability in Application Security, helping our clients secure their software and product development lifecycle. In her current role, she is responsible for spearheading large-scale and complex initiatives for some of Accenture’s key clients, including securing the ecosystem of major ERP applications, data discovery, data classification and data protection. A trusted C-level advisor and a highly esteemed professional in the application security and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) domain, her experiences have addressed areas such as risk assessment, governance, privacy, information protection, logical export control, identity management, RBAC design, IT controls and securing the systems development life cycle (SDLC).

With more than 20 years of experience, Tara specializes in application security, SAP security, SDLC and DevSecOps and its implementation across a range of industries, including chemicals, energy, public service and life sciences sectors.

Tara is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), recognized by ISC(2). She graduated as a bachelor of science in Quantitative Business Analysis from Louisiana State University, in the US. In her free time, she loves to read and cook. Tara also likes to spend her downtime as a "Horse Show Mom," learning, prepping and supporting her daughter in her favorite pursuit of show jumping. She lives by her mantra: Leadership is an action, not a title.