Hacking for a good cause
“We believe that the next world war will be won online, and that India’s cyber security experts will have a major role to play,” says Trishneet Arora, CEO, TAC Security. Tac is a cyber-security solutions provider with a mission to identify, forecast, resolve and mitigate customers’ cyber security risks and challenges.
By Ankush Kumar
At 23 one would expect an urban Indian youth to be in the final years of his professional degree course and vying for campus placements. But Trishneet Arora in his early twenties went beyond the dreams of a common youth at this age. A school dropout, Arora is now a cyber security expert, an Indian author and the founder and CEO of TAC Security – an IT security company.
“I had invested the formative years of my career in the sector and soon was able established myself as a cyber-security expert and a humbly know ethical hacker,” says Arora. “My own passion in the domain was my growth driver, which was soon recognized and felicitated with a state award by the then Chief Minister of Punjab. As I realized my calling and started to take it seriously, I also realized that cyber-security is a rapidly growing industry. Considering the increasing enthusiasm of masses towards IT, I realized there was room for more players in the market.”
The startup security company founded in 2013 is a cyber-security solutions provider with a mission to identify, forecast, resolve and mitigate customers’ cyber security risks and challenges making their data and information world – safe, secure and seamless. With the underlying motto of ‘’Hack it yourself, before you get HACKED!” TAC provides complete ‘Vulnerability Assessment’ solution – the process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing the vulnerabilities in network infrastructures.
The venture already works for prominent clients like – Reliance Industries Limited, Gujarat Police, Punjab Police, International Tractors Limited (Sonalika), AMUL, Avon Cycles, RALSON, and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) among others.
Ensued by technological advancements in India, cases of cyber-attacks have escalated by manifolds informs Arora. “Attacks on corporate giants such as Sony Pictures, eBay, etc. impacted the ecosystem negatively, where both companies and customers were at the receiving end. While the customers lost their personal information to the hackers and the companies suffered reputation damage.”
Talking about the opportunity in the cyber security space, Arora quoted an industry study and explained that the global cyber security market is projected to grow from $122.45 Billion in 2016 to $202.36 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 percent. “We believe that the next world war will be won online, and that India’s cyber security experts will have a major role to play. In India, the demand for cyber security professionals and experts is on continuous rise and companies are willing to offer them as much as Rs 80 lakh per annum as remuneration.”
TAC Security Solutions recently closed pre-series A funding from renowned business leader – Vijay Kedia. Keeping its funding cycle on track, TAC Security plans to close its Series – A funding of $10 million within this Financial Year. Kedia is a veteran investor in the Indian Stock Market, he holds stake in more than 15 BSE listed companies with a market cap of around INR 1000 Crores. He will join the board at TAC security as a non-executive independent director in the company and will guide TAC to expand the business globally. Prior to this, TAC Security had inducted Subinder Khurana, former vice president Cognizant on its board.
The startup security company is planning to expand the business in North America, UAE, Singapore and UK. Additionally, TAC is already working on IoT (Internet of Things) Security. Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, after our pre-series A funding round, we intend to close series –A funding of $ 10 million within this fiscal year.
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