Former Cisco Exec Nikhil Gupta ’15BUS Targets Cloud Security at Avid Secure

Cloud security startup Avid Secure didn’t do the usual emergence from stealth mode with a splashy launch.

“We didn’t go that route because we already had large paying customers,” said co-founder and CEO Nikhil Gupta, who previously held leadership roles at ForeScout, VMware, and Cisco.

The company’s customers include Shutterfly, IDT Corporation,, and Aspiring Minds. Co-founder and CTO Ganesh Krishnan is a former engineering lead and chief information security officer at Atlassian, LinkedIn, and Yahoo. Earlier this week he was accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only group of CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

The company also won an endorsement from Golan Ben-Oni, global chief information officer at IDT who fended off ransomware attacks similar to WannaCry in April 2017. Hackers used cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency and locked the telecom company’s systems, demanded a ransom, and stole employee credentials. Several other security products IDT used at the time didn’t detect the attack.

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