Aviva Zacks of Safety Detectives met with Akram Khan, Co-Founder and CEO of Cyber Security Hive, and found out how his company provides affordable security services globally.
Safety Detectives: What motivated you to start Cyber Security Hive?
Akram Khan: The reason we started Cyber Security Hive is that I have had a lot of passion for cybersecurity since my school days. And it so happened that I was doing a lot of bug bounties, and after that got into engineering. Once my engineering was done, a school friend and I coincidentally met at a coffee shop, and he mentioned that he was into cybersecurity, too, so we started talking about starting a company. We took a little bit of time off from work and started planning on how to grow the company. Ultimately, that’s how we started Cyber Security Hive.
The motive was to provide security services to everybody in the world and make it affordable so that everybody could afford to get their networks or their applications or their environment secured.
SD: What types of companies use your technology?
AK: We have worked with financial companies, consulting companies, startup technologies. We also have a security operations center located in Bangalore, India, and we are monitoring security events for our clients as well. Apart from that, we have also performed pen testing, endpoint security, some security awareness programs, and phishing simulations as well.
SD: What do you think is the worst cyberthreat out there today?
AK: I would say phishing simulation or phishing is the worst of all because people tend to secure the networks, their applications, and everything, but people do not really secure their last line of defense. Their last line of defense is the employees, so they should be secured because there are multiple ways of getting users phished through social engineering or through emails. That’s why I think phishing is the most common and most dangerous attack ever. Using phishing, they can also inject malware on the application or steal money as well.
SD: How do you think the COVID-19 pandemic has changed cybersecurity forever?
AK: I think people are taking cybersecurity a little more seriously because everything has gone on calls and on online. People are really putting in a lot of effort and trying to invest a lot of money into cybersecurity. There are a few companies that are also doing spyware or monitoring tools on employees wherein they want to monitor their employees like how long they have been working.