“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”
– Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Trishneet Arora is 24 years old an international recognized Ethical Hacker. Born on 2nd November, 1993 he is a veritable wizard of technology who is an author, a cyber-security expert, an ethical hacker, an entrepreneur and an avid speaker on security solutions. He has no family background in computers or business, Trishneet’s journey from a middle class child to a successful young adult is very extraordinary and inspirational.
The tale began more than a decade ago when 11 year old Trishneet’s father bought himself a computer. This got Trishneet interested and he started ‘experimenting’ on the computer. One day the computer crashed. At the repair shop, Trishneet watched closely how it was repaired. This became a routine when he was constantly experimenting with the computer and taking it for repairs. Slowly he started learning the basics of computer. Soon he started to experiment with it and in turn learned all about computer hardware. His first milestone was when he networked two computers. With time he explored more about computers with the help of YouTube. He even started blogging to share new things he was learning every day. While blogging he got curious about ethical hacking and cyber security. He was so engrossed in this subject that he decided to write a book and share his learning. Due to some hitches, his first book did not see much success, so he started again. His new book, ‘The Hacking Era’, was published in February 2013. That was around the same time he also decided to start his own venture TAC Security Solutions.
Even though Trishneet was a smart child, as a result of his computer fanaticism he failed in the class VIII examination and had to skip class IX. He managed to complete his class X exams through correspondence. At the age of 16, he was sent to Chandigarh which was about 100 km away from home. That’s when he learnt a lot from his friends who were pursuing B.Tech. With a little guidance he was quickly able to grasp a lot about cyber security. “They used to guide me with the right resources and I learnt a lot from them,” says Trishneet, adding, “now they are my students.” He pursued Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) through distance education.
“As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace.”
– Newton Lee
He is a first-generation entrepreneur and founded TAC Security Solutions, a cyber-security company that provides protection to corporations against network vulnerabilities and data theft. He says 50 Fortune 500 companies are his clients now.
Till now, Trishneet had been making websites of his clients secure from cyber threat. But he believes there is a bigger market for him in case of cyber-attack, where clients stand to lose all online data, which he can help them secure.
After listening to his keynote speech at a conference on cyber-crime in Ludhiana some senior police officers invited him to hold a workshop for their crime branch. He also worked on a few cyber-crime cases for the Ludhiana police. He was approached by the Gujarat police to conduct a two-day training session on cyber-crime investigation and forensics.
Within a few months Trishneet’s company bagged some big names in its portfolio like Reliance Industries Limited, ICICI Bank, the Punjab police department and the Gujarat police (Crime Branch). He also works as cyber-crime investigator and trainer.
Trishneet Arora has authored for book “The Hacking Era”, “Hacking TALK with Trishneet Arora” and “Hacking with Smart Phones” with several technical manuals and given countless lectures, workshops and seminars throughout his career.
His new business initiative — TAC-CERT — launched by Punjab Industries Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill is aimed at helping those whose websites, emails, cloud data etc. get hacked. According to a Markets and Markets report, the cyber security market globally is estimated to grow from $122.45 billion in 2016 to $202.36 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 10.6 percent. TAC Security has rolled out operations in UAE and will soon deploy Cyber Emergency Response Team (TAC-CERT) in London. Currently targeting financial institutions, corporate giants, telecom, start-ups, manufacturing units and automobiles, the start-up plans to reach out to more than 300 corporate brands in India in the next one year. It will also expand operations to North America, Singapore and UK and is anticipating clocking revenue of more than a million dollars in the next fiscal year.
Today his multinational enterprise, TAC Security Solutions, provides protection to corporations against network vulnerabilities and data theft and cyber security training. Some of TAC’s clients include the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Punjab Police, Gujarat Police, Reliance Industries Limited, Amul, Ralson (India) Ltd, Avon Cycles Ltd, MNCs from Dubai and UK. He has trained entrepreneurs, Government employees, police officers, CBI officers & IPS Officers. Gujarat Police (Crime Branch), Punjab Police (DSPs), Gujarat Police (Cyber Crime Unit), Ludhiana Police, Punjab are a few of the main clients.
Trishneet Arora also has been invited as a keynote speaker on Business Relation Conference, along with other speakers like Mr.Yashwant Sinha (Former Finance Minister of India). He has also trained world’s largest refinery-Reliance Industries Limited, taken Seminars and Workshops at various universities / Colleges / Institutes. He also works as an IT Adviser, Punjab Police Academy.
This is just a part of what he does and for all his endeavors he has received numerous awards from many dignitaries. Honorable Chief Minister of Punjab, S.Parkash Singh Badal bestowed a “State Award” upon Trishneet Arora on the 65th Republic Day, he also received “Punjabi Icon Award” 2015 in Mumbai, the “Famous Personality of India” award by “India Today” (Ethical Hacker & Cyber Cops Article) also comes in the list.
Trishneet is expanding his business and setting up two more offices in Mumbai and Gujarat and one office in an international location. He wants to see India as a cyber-crime free country. It’s been his mission since the time he has published his book.
With a strong inclination towards technology, gaming, and computers since he was a child, 24-year-old school dropout Trishneet Arora ended up becoming one of the “youngest ethical cyber security experts” in India.
“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Just as it is said, age is no barrier and hard work is the key to success. No matter where you are, what you fail at there is a possibility that you are worth every opportunity you get and you ought to make the best out of it.
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