Hobby into business…Ankhorus Cyber Security.

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Company: Ankhorus Cyber Secutrity
Website: http://www.ankhorus.com
Linkedin: http://in.linkedin.com/pub/rohit-kaundal/44/8a4/6b4

Twitter: @rohitkaundal

Ankhorus Cyber Security is the leading company in the field of cyber security. They provide products,services and research facilities.Its a leading example of following your passion.
Let’s explore the journey of a person who was pushed to become a doctor but now he is a techie.
Let’s have a look on a small chit-chat between techaloo and founder of Ankhorus Cyber Security.

Techaloo:How the entrepreneurship journey started? Or who inspired you to start business?
Rohit:Well computer programming was always my hobby and passion and but my parents wanted me to become a doctor which usually happens in India.
While I was in 12th standard preparing for PMT( Medical Entrance Exams ), my mind was still in tech stuff and I started developing websites for pocket money. Later when I couldn’t clear the PMT exam, I enrolled into a degree college and did my BCA from there. In college itself I started developing websites and got interested in ethical hacking which started my freelance career in cyber security.

Techaloo:When was the ankhorus founded?
Rohit:Ankhorus was founded in October 2011 officialy, however the idea was conceived in may 2011 itself.

Techaloo:Share some info about founders.
Rohit:I co-founded the company with my college junior Raghav Shandilya.
I am from queen of hills Shimla. I did my bachelors in computer application from Himachal Pradesh University and masters in the same from Sikkim Manipal University. I am 23 years old.
Raghav is my college junior. He’s from Solan, a neighboring town to Shimla. He did his BCA from HPU and is currently pursuing his masters.He’s 21 years old.
We both have been quite active in the underground hacking scene and we go by the alias, ‘TheCodeCracker’ and ‘VulPeCula’.

Techaloo:Share some info about your products and services of ankhorus here.
Rohit:Ankhorus provides cyber security products and services to corporate , small and medium scale businesses as well as freelance web developers and system administrators.

Currently we have 3 products in our arsenal.
1. Ankhorus server shield – An HIPS which protects servers against known vulnerability and attacks .
2. Ankhorus ESS – A cloud based employee monitoring software to keep a watch on employees computers in an organization network for any data breach, malicious activity and productivity, and
3. Ankhorus sentinel – A web application firewall which protects clients websites against major web attacks

Our services include Website auditing, Server auditing and corporate workshops.

Techaloo:According to you, what are the new threats to cyber security?
Rohit:Well as the complexity in technology is increasing day by day so are the attacks.
e.g. Earlier a malicious program, at the most would either corrupt your softwares or crash your operating system. Nowadays we have a new breed of malware , polymorphic viruses / worms , which when executed changes their signatures.
Due to which an antivirus won’t be able to detect them. They can steal your data, can monitor your internet activities there by stealing you bank a/c details whenever you initiate an online transaction.

Then we have new pattern of hacking attacks which target human psychology, which cannot be prevented by any anti-hack software , other than education users ,how to responsibly use internet and software.

Techaloo:What was the vision mission of the ankhorus? What exactly you wanted to do when you started your business?
Rohit:The idea came to us when we both were working in a gurgaon based server hosting startup where we used to audit the network / server and websites of its clients.
We found that auditing anything takes considerably more time of an auditor and the cost of auditing services are pretty much high for a startup or a SME to afford.
So we thought of creating an automated tool which on the first place secure the infrastructure and secondly can automatically audit it on demand from the client.
The product later evolved to ankhorus server shield.
Our mission is to bring down the cost of cyber security maintenance for eveybody without compromising with the quality by creating innovative security solutions.

Techaloo:What kind of difficulties you had faced while starting/doing business?
Rohit:We faced a lot of challenges initially. As we are a B2B startup we couldn’t get our first paying customers due to usual bureaucracy in Indian market. But thankfully we got some early adopters and got some traction and we never looked back after that.

Techaloo:Share with our readers about discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?
Rohit:We interviewed many CSO’s and CIO’s of some SME’s and startups within a period of 3 months and found that there major problems in addition to security was to maintain the auditing work.
In between we also found that these people also needed some solution to monitor their employees activities and that laid the foundation stone of ankhorus ESS , a cloud based employee monitoring tool.

Techaloo:Share with our readers about your experiment period after discovery period?
Rohit:After 3 months of discovery period we kept iterating our product for next 4 months and the solution evolved to become server shield.
We also developed the employee monitoring tool, ess and got its beta into the hands of our prospect , they didn’t liked it, they LOVED it.

Techaloo:What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?
Rohit:Our future plans are to get into defense and provide some very good offensive tools to our defense for cyber warfare as well as provide assistance in mitigating cyber attacks.

Plus we also thrive to create high quality challenging job profiles for our country’s youth interested in cyber security

We see ourselves as Asia’s leading cyber security products vendor with top skilled hackers.

Techaloo:What will be your advice/suggestion for new entrepreneurs for starting new business?
Rohit:Well currently I am not in the position to advice, but would love to share my opinion regarding entrepreneurship.

I have observed that ideas does not matter, its execution does. If you cannot weave a business model around that idea to generate enough value for somebody(customers) who will pay you, it is useless to work on that idea.

At the end if your business don’t generate cash its very difficult to sustain or survive. Cash is the blood of any business. It’s a hard truth.

Techaloo:Few words about techaloo.com?
Rohit:I have been an avid reader of techaloo from the past few months. It is really a great initiative on your behalf. You are really making a big difference for startups by giving them a platform to showcase themselves and promoting entrepreneurship among students as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.
I wish team techaloo all the best for the future.

Men Behind The Success:

Rohit Kaundal, Founder
Raghav Shandilya, Co-founder
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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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