In today’s era, the internet has become the spine for all sorts of online administrations. It has unleashed dozens of new innovative capabilities, including e-Education, digital transactions, e-Shopping, and e-health social media, and the rundown goes on.

In the present pandemic circumstance where “Work from Home” is a reality for most and Digital organizations and services are on the ascent, so are cyber-attacks. Data is a critical segment of most organizations’ serious methodology, whether for the immediate collection, management, and translation of business data or the ongoing preservation of data for day-to-day business operations. Availability of all the crucial data online means more chances of getting attacked or hacked, leading to reputational harm, putting the company in a difficult spot, and authoritative non-compliance. Moreover, a cyberattack is no longer an issue that only security experts and web administrators must contend with; even the programmers and automated assailants are efficient. They are no longer focused solely on organizations and businesses-related data but on individuals. But what if everyone can protect themselves?

Considering the risks of cyber threats, two of our Vertos, Mr. Kachkad Narender (LPU Alumnus) and Mr. Kunur Vajpayee (B.Tech Computer Science, final year student), teamed up to launch a cybersecurity start-up Kleen Security on 23rd March 2020, and got featured in ‘The New Indian Express.’ After hearing stories about MobiKwik and Facebook users’ data leak on the dark web and sold, which became a security threat and concern, they began working on their concept in 2019. And, thus, their start-up emphasizes cybersecurity and hopes to raise awareness among today’s youth about all kinds of cyber-threats that exist. 

The featured news sheds light on the three verticals under Kleen Security and primarily focuses on ‘Kleen Academy.’ Talking more about Kleen Academy, Mr. Kunur Vajpayee elucidated, “In online courses after logging in, student have to purchase the whole deal regardless of their interest and whether they finish it or not! But things would be different at Kleen Academy. You can buy each chapter of a course and continue if your interest grows.” Mr. Awadhesh Shukla, Assistant Professor, LPU, collaborated with the pair to create the curriculum for the course; thus, the chapters added in the provided course are apt and systematic. With the same educational plan, they have effectively conducted around six virtual workshops. These workshops emphasize the fundamentals of network/cybersecurity, and Kleen Academy will provide a couple of extra alternatives in a similar area. 

The CEO and Co-founder further gave an insight on the workshops by saying, “We regularly start by examining hacking approach, trailed by a conversation of how to guard ourselves, which is perhaps the main parts of our workshop — this generally endures about 90 minutes. In addition, 20 minutes have been set aside for questions and answers.” Furthermore, they have an MoU set up with Siddhartha Institute of Technology and Sciences, through which they will be developing five projects with the understudies. They also ran a solitary women’s awareness program, which lasted about two hours and was all about protecting ourselves online.

The second vertical is called Battle Stash, a forum that furnishes the students with an assortment of questions that measure their network safety abilities, and the more they answer accurately, the higher they rise in the rankings! “Who knows the companies might hire you based on your rankings,” Mr. Kunur Vajpayee added further. Whereas Hack Arena, their third vertical, promises to host cybersecurity contests or exams for proficiency. He further said, “It is a proposal to make deliberate efforts to improve cybersecurity awareness and implement more robust security measures, and they might get fully functional within 3-4 months.”

I congratulate Mr. Kachkad Narender and Mr. Kunur Vajpayee and wish them luck in their future endeavors.