The transformation of the cybersecurity scenario in India is a priority: Rony Das

Bongaigaon entrepreneur Rony Das hit the right notes as a security analyst. That is now among the few leading data security researchers in India recognized by Google, among others.

Rony Das hails from a humble background in Bongaigaon District, western Assam, and is a security researcher who runs his security startup called Axom Security, which offers security as a service to its customers and provides proper cybersecurity education.

A few months ago, Rony Das won a $5000 bounty from Google for reporting a vulnerability in their Android platform. He reported the flaw in Android Foreground Services, which could be exploited by banking malware, among others, to hack into user data. The tech giant worked on and fixed the reported bug, protecting sensitive data of millions of Android users.

“That was not always so. I come from a very humble family. My father, Rupan Das, runs a tailor shop in Bongaigaon and my mother, Rita Das, is a housewife. We lived in a one-room apartment for more than 13 years. By God’s grace and the hours of work I’ve put in, all of these situations have changed quite a bit. My parents didn’t really know what I was doing until I entered an ethical hacking competition in Kolkata in 2014 and came second for the first time… things have changed since then…” Rony said of his upbringing.

In 2015, when he was a Class XII student at Bongaigaon Railway HS School, Rony used his phone to find out serious security flaws on the website operated by Gauhati University. The university management thanked Rony for his work. And since then there has been no turning back.

The self-learner graduated from the science branch of Birjhora Mahavidyalaya College in Bongaigaon and continued his research on cybersecurity.

Rony’s reports of cybersecurity failures have been recognized by the people and organizations he has reported and well received by the media.

Rony dreamed of strengthening the cyber security scenario in the country and founded Axom Security company. “I want to (and certainly will) contribute to my country with the skills I have acquired and acquired (which is an ongoing process). And with that in mind, I started a company called Axom Security, a name that is cherished with love and defines where I come from, my native Assam,” he said.

In addition to providing security for online businesses, his startup is now researching zero-day vulnerabilities, which he believes will require funding. “Apart from that, we also offer top-notch cybersecurity education that gets you ready to become a penetration tester. Also, we provide online security services to “high-profile” individuals who need the same,” he added.

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