Welcome to Block Armour
Cybersecurity incidents continue to grow, with escalating impact and costs that are often measured in the millions. Serious data breaches, major attacks and new vulnerabilities continue to plague enterprises across industry sectors. The Internet of Things adds a whole new dimension. The challenges are getting bigger, bolder and more complex while the cost to secure assets continues to escalate. Existing solutions are struggling to keep pace with the dramatic rise in cybercrime
The spending on cybersecurity products and services is expected to be around $1t for the period 2017-21.
Meanwhile, Blockchain technology has swiftly emerged in the past few years alongside the popularity of Bitcoin. Since its launch in 2009 as the underlying technology powering the Bitcoin payment system, blockchain development has seen a growing number of applications. A cryptographic ledger comprising a digital log of transactions shared across a public or private network – the blockchain hasbeen labeled as one of the most disruptive innovations since the advent of the internet.
Open, secure and decentralized, the technology can help effectively address multiple infosec challenges. And, Block Armour aims to harness the potential of blockchains to counter the growing cyber security challenges in bold new ways – smarter, faster and at a fraction of the current cost
Blending cybersecurity insights, IT security best practices and emerging technologies, Block Armour will, to begin with, provide a base for a new breed of identity management, data / information integrity and IoT related security solutions.
The goal is to:
– delivers a Software Defined Perimeter using private permissioned blockchain, TLS and SDN technology. Thereby ring-fencing an organization’s critical resources and securely providing access to authorized users and devices
– harnesses digital signatures to identify, authenticate and authorize devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Meet the team
Block Armour is aMumbai, India based startup focused on harnessing the potential of blockchain technology to counter growing cyber security challenges in bold new ways. Operating in limited stealth mode until launch, the core and extended team together have a combined experience of over four decades in Cybersecurity. The team has a rich mix of complimentary thought leadership, cybersecurity expertise and global business acumen, which forms the cornerstone of the startup’s philosophy. They work closely with an advisory board and a set of strategic partners spread across the globe.
Narayan Neelakantan – Co-Founder
With more than 16 years of experience in the area of Cyber Security, IT Governance, Risk & Compliance and IT Infrastructure, Narayan is an innovative thought leader responsible for strategizing, implementing and maturing Risk Management & Cyber Security.
He was previously the CISO andHead – IT Risk & Compliance with India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE) – Technology.During his tenureat NSE, he built robust & successful organization-wide security programs, including “Governance, Risk and Compliance” and a Security Operations Center (SOC).He has been a visionary and driving force in building NSE’s IT Risk Management strategic plan, roadmap, methodology, policies, organizational model, staffing, governance, and reporting from the ground up.
He is a member of several cyber security forums such as World Federation of Exchanges, National Securities Depository Ltd. etc. Narayanis also an esteemed member of the ISMG Editorial Advisory Board.
Floyd DCosta – Co-Founder
With a background in Management Consulting, Floyd has over 16 years of international professional experience in setting up and growing international business practices as well as advising senior clients executives on decisive topics. Bleding a rich combination of intrapreneurship, management consulting and business development, Floyd experience spans a variety of industry sectors and technology platforms with proven results in leading international cross-functional teams, operating within management matrix’es and collaborating with an ecosystem of partners that span the globe.
Floyd spent over eleven years with Capgemini in multiple roles setting up and orchestrating new global practices, most recently focused on helping helping clients harness the power of cloud computing for competitive advantage.
An alumni of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Floyd also holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems and has completed exec programs in social entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is also the co-founder of the Investrata Foundation.
Abhijit Dhongade – Co-Founder
A nexus of strong technical acumen, innovation and passion, Abhijit is a pioneer in cyber security with more than 10 years of professional experience. He is an expert in Threat Management, Incident Management, Incident Response and Cyber Security Defense Strategies.
He was previously Head of Security Operations Centre (SOC) for National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) – Technology and has played a key role in strategizing, establishing, operating and maturing the SOC for more than 7 years. He is technology geek who has handled the portfolio of Designing, Deploying and Managing multiple security products such as Firewalls, IPS, HIPS, Anomaly Detection System, Proxies, URL Content Filtering, Mail Gateway, Two Factor Authentication, AAA, SIEM, DLP, DRM, DAM, PIM and many others.
Abhijit has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Mumbai University and he is a SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).
Advisory Board (Non-Executive)
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We are eager to work together with enthusiastic individuals and organizations passionate about developing next-generation enterprise-grade solutions to reclaim cybersecurity.