Last week, Quick Heal, the Pune based information security and anti-virus company, acquired JUNCO Technologies, a Pune based cybersecurity and IT consulting firm founded by Rohit Srivastwa, and incubated by Science & Technology Park, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India
Rohit is a well known name in infosec circles in India. He is the founder of one of India’s first infosec communities, ClubHack, IT Pro/SysAdmin community ClubSysAdmin. He is specialist in IT infrastructure, cyber warfare and cyber-crime investigation. He has been an advisor to several military agencies, law enforcement agencies and corporates in India and abroad.
With the acquisition of JUNCO technologies, Quick Heal acquires this domain expertise, and in-depth industry and technical knowledge, and has launched Seqrite Services, a cyber security consulting organization, and will also launch Quick Heal Academy, to impart cyber security education programmes globally.
‘Seqrite Services’ will offer a Managed Security Services, including Cyber Audit and Cyber Forensics, Security Consulting and Security Operations Centre (SoC) to Enterprises and Government organisations. ‘Seqrite Services’ will be an arm of ‘Seqrite’, the Enterprise Security brand by Quick Heal which was launched in 2015.
‘Quick Heal Academy’ is created with the intention on building a talent pool of qualified cyber security professionals, who are in short supply in the industry currently. The academy will work closely with universities, law enforcement agencies, and education institutions to engage with students and design programs. The academy will offer Online, Classroom and Corporate training courses in Cyber Laws, Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Security.
The Cyber Security skills shortage is impacting organizations throughout India and around the globe, with employers reporting difficulties hiring skilled candidates and preparing for cyber security threats. According to NASSCOM, currently India has around 50,000 trained cyber security professionals in 2015 and the need is for at least one million skilled people by 2020. Commenting on the new vertical launch, Kailash Katkar, MD & CEO, Quick Heal Technologies Ltd said; “There is substantial awareness around the need for the security products and solutions;
proper consultation, education and skilled manpower is still lacking in the industry at large. At Quick Heal, we are determined to bridge this gap by putting to use our expertise which we have built over the years.” He further added; “We hope that through these two services we will be able to empower organizations in effectively addressing Cyber Security Challenges and contribute towards strengthening the cyber security training ecosystem.”
‘Seqrite Services’ will be led by Rohit Srivastwa. Vishal Kumar, a specialist in Cyber Law, having diverse exposure through his association with PwC and Asian School of Cyber Laws, will be steering the ‘Quick Heal Academy’ operations out of New Delhi. Vishal has also been a member of the working group on Cyber Laws, Legal Framework, and the Cyber Security, 12 Five Year Plan (2012 -17) Government of India.
Quick Heal, is of course Pune’s first major software product company to get an IPO, and is a provider of security software products and solutions in India. It has over 1,300 employees across 36 cities in India, and a network of over 20,000 channel partners. It has subsidiaries that are present in Japan, Dubai, the United States of America, and Kenya.