In conversation with… Akash Kundu, Founder & CEO, Vulhunt.
Please help us know you better. (Your background)
I have served as visiting faculty & technical expert in CBI, CRPF, and Indian Police on Cyber Forensics & Cyber Crime Investigation courses at the very young age of 21 & entitled to be the youngest trainer among all. I have also worked as a cybersecurity consultant to Global companies in the fintech, media, healthcare & telecommunication sectors.
Tell us about Vulhunt. How did it all start?
We had multiple thoughts and reasoning before embarking on this journey.
some of them are –
i) As per the research statistics, India contributes 39% of security researchers from the global security research work pool. But there is no crowdsourced platform in India where this potential workforce can work and showcase their skills.
ii) Today’s cyber-attacks are organized cyber-crime rings and done by groups of black hat hackers. Have you ever wondered Why even after investing in the most expensive security testing programs, companies still face security breaches?
It is the BRAIN POWER.
We believe that we need a good crowd to defeat the bad one. And we have it. Vulhunt is India’s first Bug Bounty & Next Gen Crowdsourced Cyber Security Platform. At Vulhunt we harness the power of Crowdsourcing + Technology in Cyber Security for providing security at scale for our customers in securing their systems. Our 1200+ & still growing team of security researcher community helps our customers to test their systems and applications for maximum possible scenarios for the vulnerabilities and helps in securing them in real-time.
How has your journey been so far?
We started our operations last year and launched the beta version of our platform. And we got a good response from the security researcher community and many other organizations that have shown interest in this concept. And we are running pilot projects with some of the companies in India and the US.
You would have faced many challenges as a part of this journey. What motivates you to keep striving?
There are two things
- The need for this security model and platform for the Indian as well as global markets.
- Passion for cybersecurity.
How is the competitive scenario in the industry you operate in?
We are the pioneers of this concept in India. And we are the first ones to have introduced this model in India. Currently, there are no competitors for us in India. Only outside India, there are some competitors. However, we are better than them in terms of some of the unique offerings we have introduced.
The pandemic has affected many businesses. What are the immediate challenges your Business faced, and how do you plan to overcome them?
We started in the pandemic, and our whole solution is built and designed for work from home environment.
Looking back at your entrepreneurial journey, is there something you feel you could have done differently?
“I believe whatever negative happens in our life, it happens for a reason, and when you look back connecting dots, that event was necessary for you to evolve. So, I do not want to change anything. I am glad that I made mistakes, I failed, I got rejected.”
What would be your advice to all the budding entrepreneurs?
Plan, build, Fail, get Up & repeat the process by incorporating the learnings from failure.