Mandar Patil appointed India head for Smokescreen
Former IBM executive Mandar Patil to lead India and SAARC ops for the cybersecurity startup’s deception technology solutions.
Cybersecurity startup Smokescreen Technologies announced the appointment of industry veteran Mandar Patil to script the next phase of growth for their deception technology solutions. Mandar will be responsible for a focused growth strategy, covering the evangelisation of deception technology, partner strategy, and sales execution.
Deception technology is a Gartner Top 10 Security Technology for 2017, and Smokescreen is a Gartner Cool Vendor in artificial intelligence for their combination of machine learning with deception. Smokescreen’s IllusionBLACK deception technology is used globally by customers such as Fortune 500, critical infrastructure, leading banks, stock exchanges, and enterprise conglomerates.
“Deception is top-of-mind for forward thinking CISO’s, and Smokescreen’s technology dominance of this space, coupled with our roster of happy customers is yielding great dividends. Mandar’s experience ranges from growing cybersecurity sales at startups, to key roles at IBM and HP. With good reason, he’s a trusted advisor to numerous decision makers. His new role will amplify Smokescreen’s presence and customer footprint,” said Sahir Hidayatullah, CEO – Smokescreen Technologies.
Globally, cyber attacks are becoming more highly targeted and focused on emerging markets where security controls are often less mature, giving attackers an easier shoe-horn into the network. Deception technology turns the tables on the attackers, by presenting them with an ever-changing virtual world of decoy assets such as customer databases, ATM’s, SWIFT servers, and senior management laptops to hack into. However, if they engage with the decoys, their activity is immediately detected and contained.