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CrowdStrike launches innovation and development centre in Pune

American cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Inc. has started operation in India with the opening of a new Innovation and Development Center in Pune

American cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Inc. has started operation in India with the opening of a new Innovation and Development Center in Pune. The newly launched centre will support market demand for the CrowdStrike Falcon platform.

Recently, the company has also announced the appointment of Jagdish Mahapatra as managing director Asia (India, South East Asia and North Asia). Mahapatra has joined CrowdStrike from McAfee where he was responsible for the APAC channel, effectively building a strong partner and alliance ecosystem in the region. Prior to that, he was the managing director of McAfee India and SAARC. He also spent over 10 years with Cisco.

“The security market has changed and I’m excited to work with the company leading the charge and setting the new standard for endpoint protection. CrowdStrike’s incredible global growth demonstrates that the market is ready for a cloud-native approach to endpoint security that is far more effective and efficient in stopping breaches. India and SAARC are a strategic growth market for CrowdStrike and I’m looking forward to driving continued momentum in this region,” said Jagdish Mahapatra as managing director Asia at CrowdStrike.

CrowdStrike said that is Pune centre will leverage partnerships with local universities as part of a long-term collaboration to address the cybersecurity talent shortage in India. CrowdStrike’s Chief Product Officer, Amol Kulkarni is a College of Engineering Pune Graduate. “Today, I’m very proud to be here in Pune to launch our CrowdStrike Innovation and Development Center, and to announce that we are partnering with the College of Engineering, Pune and the Pune University Cyber Security department to offer cyber opportunities, as well as internships,” said Amol Kulkarni, chief product officer, CrowdStrike.

From L to R: Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India; Jhilmil Kochar, Managing Director,  Innovation and Development Center;  Amol Kulkarni, Chief Product Officer; and Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director Asia at the launch of CrowdStrike's first innovation and development center in Pune. ( Photo: File)
From L to R: Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India; Jhilmil Kochar, Managing Director, Innovation and Development Center; Amol Kulkarni, Chief Product Officer; and Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director Asia at the launch of CrowdStrike’s first innovation and development center in Pune. ( Photo: File)

In addition to launching the Innovation and Development Center in Pune and a local team, CrowdStrike is actively expanding its partner and channel ecosystem across Asia to support its go-to-market strategy and service a rapidly growing customer base, said the company.

“As a fast-growing industry leader, CrowdStrike is continually expanding our footprint in APJ, adding resources and operations in the most high-yielding regional markets. I’m looking forward to expanding our team and customer base even further and continuing to drive explosive growth within the India and SAARC market,” Andrew Littleproud, vice president Asia Pacific and Japan.

CrowdStrike Falcon deals in next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 threat hunting service. CrowdStrike claimed that it currently processes over 150 billion security events per day from throughout the world to offer security teams threat telemetry.

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