Many IT companies have not been able to offer work from home due to security challenges
The startups listed provide solutions to keep data private and safe from hackers
The list is developed by the IT ministry and Nascomm’s DSCI
The National Centre of Excellence for Cybersecurity Technology Development and Entrepreneurship, a joint initiative between the IT ministry and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), has announced a list of Indian startups that are providing security solutions to make work from home safer.
It has highlighted that work from home has become the new normal for many professionals and companies, but with remote working come challenges such as data security, usage of VPNs, network security and more, which hampers productivity and business operations.
The list includes Indian security product companies working with entrepreneurs and businesses to efficiently enable work-from-home without compromising on data security.
Founders: Abhijit Dhongade, Floyd D’Costa, Narayan Neelakantan
Block Armour is an identity management solution that leverages blockchain for digital ID and zero-trust architecture. The company’s offering ‘Security Shield’ is a remote desktop software for corporates from authenticated and authorised users and computers. It also relies on the remote desktop policy to prevent any data leakages.
- Blockchain-enabled digital identity
- Data leak prevention through RDP policy
- Agent-based access deployment
- Session description protocol (SDP)-based distributed architecture
Founded In: 2012
Founders: Sandip Kumar Panda, Biju George, and Prashanth Guruswamy
InstaSafe is a zero-trust network access solution for secure remote access. The company is offering its InstaSafe Secure Access, which is a cloud-based security-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to protect mobile and remote workers, enabling them to securely access enterprise apps, email and web on any network. It protects users against credential theft, server exploitation. The software is based on the principle of software-defined perimeters (SOP) also known as Block Cloud.
- Accessing the statistical analysis system (SAS) apps remotely
- Geobinding of devices
- Multi-factor authentication
- Secure operation in a multi-cloud environment
Founded In: 2008
Founder: Vikram Kumar
Data Resolve is a cybersecurity company that unifies user behaviour analytics and mobile workforce management solutions. The company has two cybersecurity products inDefend and MobSec. inDefend is an encrypted insider threat management system that analyses user behaviour to monitor activities and communication habits. It also gives incident alerts for any data exfiltration activity. MobSec relies on cyber intelligence to analyse the information flowing within and outside the company. It offers mobile device management and mobile application management features as well.
- Compliance monitoring
- Forensics investigations
- Permissions for mobile employees
- Employee monitoring: app, activities, media and browsing
Founded In: 2011
Founders: Debasish Pramanik, Rahul Bhavsar
CloudCodes is a cloud access security broker solution that prevents unauthorised end-users from accessing confidential files and data on any internet browsers. It restricts the access control using IP restriction, browser restriction, device restriction and geo-fencing and time restrictions.
- Cloud and email data loss prevention (DLP)
- Shadow IT controls
- Cloud workload assessments
- Compliance check
- Accesses IP, browser, location, device and time restrictions
Founded In: 2017
Founders: Karmesh Gupta, Praveen Gupta
WiJungle is an artificial intelligence and machine learning-based unified network security gateway that offers its solutions across 25 countries. The company is offering its unified threat management solution (UTM) that helps users in data leakage protection, vulnerability assessment, bandwidth management, anti-malware and ransomware protection, among other features.
- Network data leak prevention
- Malware protection, cloud sandboxing and zero day protection
- Granular access control to network resources
- Virtual private network (VPN) for internet protocol security (IPsec) and secure sockets layer (SSL), IPSec and more
The cybersecurity and entrepreneurship department’s report comes after the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) warned that to allow employees to work from home, several organisations have relaxed geofencing restrictions and security protocols. This relaxation can make networks vulnerable to cyberattacks, especially from neighbouring countries.