By James Mathew
Indian company will set up a cyber defence centre in Bahrain to work on cyber security and space technology-related projects
Strava Technologies, India’s first space technology startup, has tied-up with Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), the kingdom’s investment promotion agency, to set up its operations in Bahrain, its first international foray.
The fast emerging Indian space and cyber security company will set up Strava Cyber Labs – a cyber defence centre – in Bahrain to work on cyber security and space technology-related projects in the Kingdom and later on in the larger GCC region, the top executive of the company has said.
“The proposed centre in Bahrain will be our first centre outside India and will mark our international expansion. We already have three projects in the pipeline from some of the government departments in Bahrain and we hope to bag several more projects once we commence our operations there,” Jancy Jose, founder and managing director of Strava Technologies told Arabian Business in an exclusive interview.
“Space and cyber security being advanced high-tech areas, initially our centre in Bahrain will have more trained experts from India and less number of local employees. However, over a period of time, we plan to increase local hiring by training engineering students in local institutions,” Jancy, who was listed in Top 5 Women Entrepreneurs in 4th Industrial Revolutionary Tech Under 30 Age group in Asia-Pacific Region as per its 2018 survey, has said.
Jancy also said Strava is planning to talk to companies like Saudi Aramco and others in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East region to provide cyber mapping and geo spatial applications which, she thinks, has assumed added significance in the aftermath of the recent drone attack on two crucial production facilities of Saudi Aramco, crippling the oil giant’s productions temporarily.
“Our geo-spatial product will help our prospective customers – companies like Saudi Aramco - to create safe and affordable spatial layers to their cyber and other security systems for building location intelligence, 3D Mapping, analysis and visualization and thus enable them in preventing any kind of cyber or space attacks,” Jancy said. “This also helps companies faster evacuation of employees from all their sites in the event of a disaster”.
Jancy said she intended to discuss with the Saudi energy giant to enter into a prospective collaboration project on this soon.
The Thiruvananthapuram-based Strava is currently close to striking a deal with a Germany-headquartered MNC to provide cyber security related services.
Jancy said in line with its plans to cater to the industry and corporate sector in the Middle East in a big way, the company also has plans to set up offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, after it establishes its office in Bahrain.
“We have products and expertise in working on highly complex space and cyber security-related issues which will have wider applications in sectors such as smart cities, sea ports, oil & gas industries, power grid, law enforcement and transportation and therefore there will be big potential to get projects in countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia,” she said.
“We currently mainly work as a B2G (business to government) company in India but plan to expand aggressively into B2C also in the Gulf region once we commence our operations there,” Jancy said.
Strava Technologies currently offers services in Financial Forensic, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Cyber Security Auditing, C-Safe360 - Cyber Awareness Framework for Organization, Virtual Security Operation Centre, Toogil - Cyber Security Test Bed and Cyber Law Consulting.