Mohd Shadab Siddiqui has joined Hotstar as head of information security and trust. Siddiqui confirmed the movement exclusively to CSO India.
On 1st April, 2019 CSO India had reported that Siddiqui had quit from Ola, after four and a half years.
“I am very excited to join Hotstar. Looking forward for new challenges of the OTT world of DRM and content security in addition to standard information security. Hotstar has a massive scale of over 300 million active users and is setting world record for concurrency at 18.6 million, which no OTT has done. Being responsible for security, privacy and trust at that scale is an atingle experience” Siddiqui expressed, in an exclusive interaction with CSO India.
Hotstar is an Indian OTT service provider that is owned by Novi Digital Entertainment, a subsidiary of Star India, which itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India.
Siddiqui was the head of information security, trust, fraud, risk and compliance at Ola. His last day at the cab aggregator was on 31st March, 2019.
At Ola, Siddiqui built everything from scratch and managed a centralized security team that was primarily responsible for proactive security guidance, security research, risk/threat modelling and for defining clear security roadmaps for product teams. The team also evangelized compelling business cases for investing in security improvements by product teams for car hardware security, infrastructure security, data security, GRC, application security and many others.
Siddiqui has extensive experience building things from ground in start-ups for e-commerce, payment gateways, mobile ecosystem, logistics products, and digital signing. He has hands-on experience in building security automation, real-time detection of attack anomalies, evangelizing security, designing policies, compliance, cryptography and ensuring the product security is kept robust.
In one of his remarkable projects, Siddiqui had been instrumental in building the complete infrastructure to protect all personally identifiable information (PII). He was also responsible for business critical data across all data stores. All data was encrypted and there was no impact on business as dashboards were built on older data for business critical data, on open source and most of the code was written in-house.
Prior to joining Ola, Siddiqui was the security engineer at Adobe EchoSign. He has also worked as one of the first security engineers at Flipkart, cyber crime officer (consultant) at Lucknow Cyber Crime Department and founded his own security startup.