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In this section we interview (and continue to do so) Cybersecurity Professionals to ask how they got started in the Industry.
Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Biography

Rahul is the Co-founder and Editor of Grey Head Media.

Can You Tell Us About Your Company And What Problem You Address And Solve?

Bio can be found here and company description here.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Incorporated in 2011, Grey Head Media is a promising community building media organisation that facilitates inter and intra-community dialogue for various homogenous professional groups.

Using its time-tested mediums of confluence, content and collaboration, Grey Head Media today continues to extensively engage with India’s prominent C-suite executives in both Information Systems and Information Security domains.

Our belief that these communities are fiercely protective about their distinct identities and do not want to be clubbed with an amorphous pool of professionals, solidifies and therefore Grey Head strives to be a dedicated catalyst promoting community interactions. Our focus is on creating rich, engaging platforms that enable both intra- and inter-community dialogue.

With established credentials, proven track record, and remarkable backing from both partners, and communities, Grey Head Media continues to establish new benchmarks in the industry.

When You Employ Someone, What Is The Main Driver You Are Looking For? Many In Our Audience Lack Work Experience, What Advice Would You Give Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

First make your basics clear before trying to become a specialist.


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Ajay Anand

Ajay Anand

Biography

Ajay is the Director|Founder of CTG Security Solutions.

Can You Tell Us About Your Company And What Problem You Address And Solve?

We are an ISO 9001:2008 Certified and Govt. Redg. Leading IT Security Services & Training Providing Company based in Punjab (India) Estd Since 2008.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

About us:
We are one of the earliest and most well-established Information Security Services & Training providing company. We are one of the leading penetration testing companies, based in India ,who have been consistently delivering quality projects for clients across the globe.

Problem we address and Solve:
We specialize in the whole spectrum of penetration testing capabilities – right from information gathering, foot-printing, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, and reporting. Our penetration testing practices encompass web applications, client-server applications, infrastructure, mobile applications, wireless, social engineering, and a whole host of technologies and platforms.

When You Employ Someone, What Is The Main Driver You Are Looking For? Many In Our Audience Lack Work Experience, What Advice Would You Give Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Proper Focus on Programming Langauge: php, perl, python, etc. Also knowledge of Linux platform is must better you go for Kali Linux and other open source based latest security focused distros.

Career Advice:
We generally ask our students and non students to go for internship first. Don’t look out for salaries just go out for learning. If you are getting a job even in a start up company grab that. Keep Learning, expanding & exploring your knowledge. Take working experience of at least 2 years. Once guys are experience they may be able to switch to good paying companies.


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Akash Mahajan

Akash Mahajan

Biography

An accomplished security professional with over a decade’s experience of providing specialist application and infrastructure consulting services at the highest levels to companies, governments and organisations around the world. Deep experience of working with clients to provide cutting edge security insight that truly reflects the commercial and operational needs of the organisation from strategic advice to testing and analysis to incident response and recovery. An active participant in the international security community and conference speaker both individually, as chapter lead of the Bangalore chapter of OWASP the global organisation responsible for defining the standards for web application security and as a co-founder of NULL India’s largest open security community.

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Specialties: Web Penetration Testing, Web Application Security Testing, Server Audits, Web Server Log Analysis, Server Architecture, Securing Linux Servers, Secure Web Programming, Secure Mobile Application Programming, Secure Code Reviews, Android Device Security. Training includes: Web Security Testing, Secure Web Programming, Xtreme Web Hacking, Secure Code Reviews, Cloud Security for Devs & Ops

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

We are trying to do the following for our clients:

  1. Offer pragmatic security advice rooted in business realities
  2. We will work with our client’s in-house teams and/or outsourced teams to understand what is being solved, and recommend the most effective security measures to reduce risk.
  3. Educate and spread awareness about how DevOps processes, tools and techniques can be leveraged to solve problems like security mis-configurations and establish secure defaults.

About Appsecco: From mobile apps to servers and from software applications to websites, we help protect you from hackers, malware and other risks with a comprehensive range of tools, training and advice. Whether you’re in the planning or testing phases, or have been caught out, our experts work collaboratively with you to manage the risks. We provide simple solutions to problems and don’t confuse our clients with technicalities. Specialties: Application security, Web application security, Cloud Security and OWASP patching.

When You Employ Someone, What Is The Main Driver You Are Looking For? Many In Our Audience Lack Work Experience, What Advice Would You Give Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Learn how to learn as this field is wide and ever changing. The easiest way to ensure that you are learning and retaining information is to try everything in a hands-on manner. While you are doing that make sure you document. I recently did this workshop/ talk for people at OWASP Bangalore (GitHub) and may be useful on how to get started.


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Pukhraj Singh

Pukhraj Singh

Biography

Pukhraj Singh played an instrumental role in setting up the cyber-warfare operations centre of the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s technical intelligence agency.

He was laterally inducted into the NTRO from the private sector at a very short notice after the 26/11 attacks. It was a multi-disciplinary tenure, ranging from geopolitical doctrine formulation, eventually approved by the Prime Minister, to the very brass tacks of cyber operations.

The inputs from Pukhraj’s small but highly disruptive division helped chart the course of some seminal government initiatives on cybersecurity like the National Critical Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC), Inter-ministerial Task Force on Cyber Defence & Preparedness, and Information Security Guidelines & Procedures of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Later on, he spent some time at Aadhaar, India’s flagship social security project as the national cybersecurity manager.

Pukhraj also had very brief stints with Symantec’s DeepSight Threat Intelligence Team – industry’s first threat intelligence platform – and startups like Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro in 2009) and Blue Lane (acquired by VMWare in 2008).

He has spoken at a variety of national security forums and hacking conferences.

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Bhujang’s mission is to challenge and re-interpret the existing models of enterprise security. Its founders bring together decades of combined experience in national security. Our work begins at the point where the conventional models have failed to defend the digital frontiers of a nation and protect its critical infrastructure.

Bhujang is a situational awareness platform for cross-organisational and sectoral cyber response — leveraging emerging threat intelligence metadata sharing standards like STIX-TAXII.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Vice Admiral DSP Varma (retd.) who was formerly the DG of the Indian nuclear submarine programme.

What’s The Number #1 Bit Of Advice You Could Give To Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

We are creating the technical enablers for national-level cyber resilience in India. Bhujang is a situational awareness platform for cross-organisational and sectoral cyber response — leveraging emerging threat intelligence metadata sharing standards like STIX-TAXII.

When You Employ Someone, What Is The Main Driver You Are Looking For? Many In Our Audience Lack Work Experience, What Advice Would You Give Someone Just Starting Their Career In Cybersecurity?

Don’t depend upon certifications, but merit and aptitude.


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