The recent cyberattacks have proved that even a small crack in the system is more than enough for hackers looking to infiltrate the network and wreak havoc.
Over the last couple of years, organizations rushed to secure their operations by adopting the latest anti-malware, firewall, access management, and network security software to protect from previously unseen threats that emerged in the wake of the pandemic. While keeping your system up-to-date with the latest security technology is crucial, our guest today explains, that businesses must not forget to raise employee cybersecurity awareness, as sometimes all it takes is a human error to put the whole organization at risk.
Today, we are talking with Aaditya Jadhav, the CEO & Founder of Secure Cyber Future – a company on a mission to make the internet a safe space for every business and individual user.
Can you tell us about the story behind Secure Cyber Future? What has the journey been like?
Secure Cyber Future is a cyber security company that was founded by me, a 22-year-old entrepreneur – Aaditya Jadhav. The company provides enterprise-grade cybersecurity solutions to businesses of all sizes. The journey of Secure Cyber Future has been an exciting one. We started out with nothing and after failing 36 times, with a shared passion for cyber security. We had a lot of ideas, but we didn't know where to start. So, we decided to just start building something – anything – that we could use to help businesses secure their data.
I faced many problems in starting phase because people used to laugh due to my age but I didn't give up, kept the leadership strong, and grew the company size 50 times. Now the target is to hit 2 million dollars in revenue in the next 3 years, which will I hope to achieve under my leadership.
Secure Cyber Future has been on an incredible journey so far, and we're just getting started. We started out as a small team of passionate cybersecurity experts, and we've grown into a company that is making a real difference in the world of cybersecurity. We're proud to be helping businesses and individuals stay safe online, and we're grateful to our customers for trusting us with their safety. We'll continue to work hard to earn that trust every day, and we'll never stop fighting to keep the internet a safe place for everyone.
Can you introduce us to what you do? What are your main areas of focus?
The Secure Cyber Future team is passionate about making the internet a safer place for everyone. We believe that by working together, we can make a difference in the fight against cybercrime.
Since our inception, we have worked tirelessly to develop innovative solutions to address the ever-evolving threat landscape. Our goal is to provide businesses and individuals with the tools they need to stay safe online.
We are constantly expanding our offerings and expanding our reach in order to make the world a safer place for all. We are committed to fighting the good fight and will continue to do so until the internet is a safe place for everyone.
Our main focus is the whole cybersecurity industry, as our company name indicates – Secure Cyber Future. We are on a mission!
What set of tools do you use to assess one’s state of cybersecurity?
Secure Cyber Future has its own tools which work internally we would love to share them but unfortunately, we can't share them due to privacy reasons.
How has the pandemic altered your field of work? Were there any new challenges?
The world is a dangerous place.
In the past year, we've seen an unprecedented number of cyber threats that have targeted critical infrastructure, such as power plants and water treatment facilities. And now we're seeing a new group of threats that are even more dangerous: cyberattacks that emerged during the pandemic.
Another challenge has been securing funding to keep our business afloat. We've had to be creative with our financing and have bootstrapped our business as much as possible. This has meant making sacrifices in terms of salary and other benefits, but it's been worth it to see our business grow.
Despite the challenges, we've made incredible progress over the past year and are proud of what we've accomplished. We're looking forward to continued success in the future!
In your opinion, which industries should pay more attention to their cybersecurity?
#1: We think Fintech and Crypto industry because the global crypto market lost $428 million in hacks and scams in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022.
#2: The healthcare industry is notoriously susceptible to cyberattacks because of its critical infrastructure, including patient records, drug supplies, and medical devices.
#3: The energy industry should pay more attention to cybersecurity because it is a key component of our modern economy.
#4: Food and beverage companies should consider cybersecurity as they continue to expand their operations domestically and overseas.
What issues can an organization run into if it doesn’t perform regular security tests?
If it doesn’t perform regular security tests, the consequences can include financial losses, loss of consumer and client trust, damage to your brand or reputation, civil or criminal penalties, or legal action.
Security incidents are not always preventable, but they can be mitigated significantly by improving a company's cyber resilience.
An organization that doesn't perform regular security tests may uncover vulnerabilities too late to prevent an incident, resulting in compromised data. It is important that you do security testing on a regular basis so you can uncover potential vulnerabilities and prevent them from becoming incidents.
With remote work becoming the new normal, what security details do you think are often overlooked?
When we think of cyber security, the first thing that comes to mind is a malicious hacker breaking into our computer systems and stealing information. But that's not all that can happen. In fact, I'd say there are an infinite number of ways someone could get into your system if they wanted to.
One of the most dangerous and overlooked threats affecting remote workers is phishing. Phishing is when someone sends you a message with an attachment that looks like it's from a trusted source but actually isn't. The message will usually ask you to enable or install something on your computer — like a file extension, or an app — and then once installed, the attacker has access to everything stored on your device. This is especially concerning because it happens so often — and people don't even realize it!
I think a lot of remote workers don't realize the importance of cybersecurity awareness training. It's easy to forget that you can be attacked just as easily if you're working from home, in your office, or on-site by someone who wants to steal your data.
When I work remotely, I use a VPN (virtual private network) at all times and make sure my computer was protected with a password. For those who aren't familiar with VPNs, it is a service provided by companies like Surfshark VPN or NordVPN that allows you to connect to the internet through another server that routes your traffic through its own secure connection instead of yours. This helps keep your information safe from prying eyes and ensures that only your intended recipient can access it.
Talking about individual users, what security solutions do you think everyone should implement?
Hacking is a real problem, and there are many ways to protect yourself from being hacked.
First, you could implement individual prevention from hackers. This is a simple way to make sure that you're not giving away any personal information or sensitive data. You can do this by using password management software like LastPass or 1Password, which will generate unique passwords for each account and store them in secure locations.
Second, you can implement individual cyber security safety by making sure your devices are protected from viruses and malware. You should always keep your operating system up-to-date with regular security patches and anti-virus software running in the background on all of your devices. You should also make sure to use antivirus software on any mobile devices that you use for work or school — whether it's an Android phone or an iPhone!
Lastly, if you feel like you're at risk of becoming a victim of hacking yourself (because someone has access to your accounts), then take steps to prevent that from happening by encrypting any sensitive data before sending it over the internet or storing it on shared drives — even if they're encrypted themselves!
What does the future hold for Secure Cyber Future?
Our vision is to build a cyber security startup that's so successful, it's the number one choice for every business looking to protect their data. We want to be the company you turn to when you need a solution that works best to fulfill your business needs — not just ensure personal security.
We're working on a product that will help you manage your cybersecurity risks and liabilities, so you can stay focused on what matters most: growing your business.
We are a cybersecurity startup that aims to secure the cyber future of our world. Our mission is to protect the global internet from cyber-attacks, and we've already made huge strides toward that goal.
We believe that by 2025, the average person will be able to access the internet without any kind of requirement of permission or security clearance. To achieve this, we need to create a secure environment for everyone — an environment where every individual has access to information and resources when they need them, regardless of their location or status in society.