A CyberSecurity Evangelist and Entrepreneur with Technical operations leadership

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Ram Bandreddi

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Ram Bandreddi is a Cyber Security evangelist with 20+ years in the cybersecurity industry. Ram brings in Entrepreneurial experience with Technical Operations Leadership. He is focused on building, managing pre-sales & post-sales engineering teams in Infrastructure & CyberSecurity market.

Ram was the Founder of Gradiant Technology, a successful perimeter security software company. After Gradiant Technology, Ram built and spear-headed Technical Operations teams at multiple startups including Verdasys, Terramark where he has worked as a catalyst in bringing the required investments and developments for organizations.

In his present role as Senior Vice-President – Global Pre-Sales & Products (Cybersecurity) at Cotelligent – A TechDemocracy company,
Ram is responsible for spearheading the product & pre-sales teams across the globe while managing and leading the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in India. He has served in various leadership roles at leading technology companies like Micro Focus, Prevalent Inc, ClearLead, Verizon, etc.

Ram is an MBA from Rivier University, Nashua, NH, and has a Bachelors’s in Computer Engineering. He is a Tenacious professional and creative problem solver with diverse pre-sales and solution experience involving cross-BU solution offerings across the entire enterprise IT spectrum with a strong ability to engage decision-makers at all levels and articulate business & technology value to stakeholders.

Tell us about Cotelligent India and do you aim to reduce cybersecurity-related threats?

We are excited to establish a strong presence in Hyderabad, one of India’s largest tech hubs. Cotelligent is powered by the nearly two decades of experience of its parent company, TechDemocracy. As such, we intend to leverage our global experience and resources to provide state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions locally to Indian organizations.

One of the most effective ways to mitigate threats is to have a comprehensive cyber defence strategy in place. We aim to empower
entities in India and help them establish a strong cybersecurity infrastructure. Our services are designed to enable entities to defend against potential cyber threats as well as boost efficiency.

Our suite of Identity Security solutions have been developed to simplify processes such as access management, governance, and
audits. If our client is in the retail industry, for example, as part of our identity security solutions, we would provide technology that
would make their users’ logging-in experience more secure, user-friendly and seamless. So, our solutions offer not just operational security but also an avenue to improve efficiency.

What are the top three cybersecurity risks that a company may face?

Insider threats, phishing attacks, and malware attacks are perhaps the most rapidly growing forms of cyber threats today. Insider threats pertain to current or former employees, who obtain access to company information for malicious purposes. Although phishing and malware attacks are typically external threats, their success is made possible to due lax cybersecurity protocols.

India is a growing hub for start-ups and is home to thousands of SMBs. Unfortunately, these entities are prime targets for hackers. A
recent Cisco study revealed that since 2020, over 70 percent of SMBs have experienced a cybersecurity incident. This is primarily because SMBs are hesitant to invest resources in cybersecurity solutions. This leaves them wide open to attacks.

As a Cybersecurity firm, your job is to keep the companies or your clients safe. How bad is the cybersecurity issue today?

Cybersecurity is an essential component for a business. Unfortunately, for some Indian entities, it is still an afterthought. Over the past
decade, cybercriminal activity has evolved and become more sophisticated. Hackers now launch advanced attack campaigns developed specifically to hit the most vulnerable points of their targets and cause the most damage.

Such hybrid attacks can not be handled using just standard antivirus and firewall. Instead, entities must incorporate and implement robust cybersecurity policies to safeguard their data, employees, partners, and customers.

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Have companies become more vulnerable to cybersecurity risks because of the hybrid nature of work in the pandemic? When the pandemic struck, entities across the globe had no recourse except to rush and switch to remote working conditions. This push to remote working left little time for most organizations to put in place security policies that appropriately protected them. Cybercriminals capitalized on this and the uncertainties surrounding the constantly changing circumstances of pandemic. However, entities have since wised up. Many have incorporated cybersecurity policies to strengthen remote working conditions. Cotelligent aims to assist entities in safeguarding against advanced cyberthreats in such unforeseen eventualities. What does the Indian Market look like for cybersecurity startups? Cybersecurity is a bourgeoning industry in India. There is a lot of scope for rapid growth and success. The pandemic has shown a brighter light on the industry and it is expected to grow to over $7.5 billion in 2022. According to the Data Security Council of India, since the start of the pandemic, the cybersecurity industry’s revenue has nearly doubled. The demand for next-gen cybersecurity products and services is growing. International interest in investing in the Indian cybersecurity industry is also at an all-time high. Cotelligent is excited to enter the Indian market at such an interesting time.