I am Niranjan Patil, security consultant, hacker , maker. Undercover #OPSEC proponent. A rebellious & bootstrapping entrepreneur who has survived 16 years in the industry. I get around helping businesses stay secure despite their resistance.
Working as Director at VSR Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Security and Technology Consulting firm based out in Bangalore.
I occasionally write in blog.outscribe.org.
A CISSP and ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor.If 'hacking' is defined as breaking things or adding new features but occasionally extending their life, then yes, I have earned the title.
What I Do (tl;dr)
Audit, Design & Consult on Security, Privacy and IT Infrastructure
- Security Audit and Consulting for Enterprise, SME, Startups and Governments • Payment Card Audit • Web Application Security Audit
- Cyber Crime Investigation • WiFi and IoT Security Audit • Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Test • Security Training
- Information Risk Management • SOC Implementation • ISO 27001 Implementation • Business Continuity Planning
I enjoy working with SBCs, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Wifi/RF, computers, gadgets, and sometimes people (read social engineering), making them do things 'not designed or intended' to do.
I blabber a lot on Twitter, on uninspiring things like politics, mobile, technology, surveillance, privacy, national security, terrorism. You can catch me there.
My Work (detail)
Security Audit and Consulting
- 100+ clients in Enterprise, SME, Startups and Government agencies across India
- Design and implement security solutions, IPS, Perimeter Security, VPN, SIEM for IT services companies
- ISO 27001 based internal security audits with IT, banking, engineering, finance and pharma domains
- Due diligence and review of applications and contracts for compliance of data privacy regulations for banking and financial firms
- PCI DSS audit and review of e-commerce systems
- Investigated cases with Corporate Espionage, IP thefts, multi-million rupee cyber-thefts
- Help with web defacements, Ransomeware and Server compromise
Web Security Audits
- Periodic audits of HRMS and payroll, billing and payment solutions
- Web audits of corporate portals, websites and ERP products of several firms
- Implemented ISMS based on ISO 27001:2013 for several medium and large clients
- Implemented full fledged ISMS based on ISO 27001:2005 in Sonata Software
- Maintained ISMS for several BFSI based clients in TCS for over two years
- Conducted Vulnerability Assessment on internal and external IT infrastructure in IT and non-IT firms
- Conducted extensive Penetration Test for several firms on exterprise web portals and Internet infrastructure
- Executed social engineering campaigns for several firms to demonstrate weakness in people and to bypass technical security controls
- More than 750 hours of training on Security awareness, administration and policies
What kind of hacking do you do?
At work we don't really call it hacking. We test computer systems, networks, software and hardware for the security that they are built with or claim to have. We sometimes use same techniques as black hat hackers (criminals) except that we would have obtained prior permission from the system owner.
So can you hack into anything?
No. There are millions of software and hardware that we haven't laid our hands on. There are people far better than us and we learn from them to break things every day.
And yes, probably the NSA can 'hack into anything'.
Can you help me hack my girl friend/someone's email account, computer or WiFi password?
Sorry. I don't do illegal stuff. Better yet, have you tried asking them?
Can you help me fix my computer for free? Hey, I am your best friend!
Sorry. I stopped doing it for free. Have you tried fixing it yourself, lazy bone?
How much do you charge to audit my website or firm?
Sorry. There is no one-price-fits-all type of work. It helps to know the scope and depth of the application or infrastructure. Do drop me a mail.
You mentioned NSA and hack, so we are here. We want....
Hey, thanks for stopping by. Can you please help me with password from your PRISM archives for a file 'MyFavPornColln.zip' of my 2005 archives? Hint: I used Windows XP and Huawei modem.