Ankit Fadia, 24 years old, is an independent computer security and digital intelligence consultant with definitive experience in the field of Internet security based out of the Silicon Valley in California, USA. He has authored 14 internationally best-selling books on numerous topics related to Computer Security that have been widely appreciated by both professionals and industry leaders the world over. His books have sold a record 10 million copies across the globe, have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Polish and are also being used as reference textbooks in some of the most prestigious academic institutions around the world.
Fadia is also a widely recognized computer security guru and Cyber terrorism expert. He has also led several investigations pertaining to national security and cyber terrorism. In November 2001, Fadia was consulted by a classified intelligence agency for breaking an encrypted message sent by one of Osama Bin Laden's men. Since then Fadia has been involved in numerous classified projects pertaining to cyber terrorism and crime. In August 2008, Fadia was consulted by the Navi Mumbai Police Department to trace the terror email sent just a few minutes before the Gujarat serial blasts. Fadia was also consulted by the Mumbai Police for decoding VOIP messages in relation to the Mumbai terror attacks.
Widely traveled, Fadia has provided customized cyber security training and consulting solutions to clients all across Asia, Australia and North America including Google, Citibank, Shell, Volvo, Thai Airways, UOB Bank, PT Cisco Systems, Bank of Thailand, Bangkok Public Bank, Amari Hotels, BlueScope Steel, Jumeirah International, Wipro, Singapore Health Promotion Board, Infosys, Satyam, Schering Ltd and many other organizations in the government, police and corporate sectors. He has also conducted more than a 1000 different training sessions across 25 countries on various topics related to cyber security to an audience comprising of CEOs, CIOs, top level management, entrepreneurs, technical specialists, defense personnel and students.
With the vision to create a more secure Internet, Fadia started a unique computer security training and certification course known as the Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker program. Today it has become Asia's largest cyber security training and certification program with almost 20,000 people trained in the last three years across 100+ cities in India and 40+ cities in China. To educate the average Internet user about the dangers of the Internet, Fadia also regularly writes Basic Security Tips which are displayed on OOH Media's 4500 screens in offices, shopping outlets and entertainment areas in over 22 cities in India. Fadia is also a consultant to many universities in India, Singapore, China and USA on the design and structure of their computer security courses. For example, Fadia has partnered with IMT Ghaziabad to start India's first government recognized postgraduate diploma course on Cyber Security.
Widely celebrated in international media publications, Fadia is also regularly invited by BBC Radio World News, London to share the latest updates on virus outbreaks, loopholes and cyber crime trends. For his outstanding contributions in the field of computer security globally, Fadia has been honored with numerous awards namely: MTV Youth Icon 2008, Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award 2005, IT Leader Award 2005, Person of The Year 2002, Limca Book of Records, Hall of Fame Award, Outstanding Young Achiever's Award, Silicon India Person of the Week, Embassy State Award, Best Speaker Award (4 occasions) and many more.
Born in India, Fadia is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Science with specialization in Information Security at Stanford University, USA. Recently Fadia started his own computer security consulting and training company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
AGE 16 - After the Sept. 11th attacks, cracked an encrypted email sent by the Al-Qaeda terrorist network for a classified intelligence agency
AGE 24 - Widely recognized as an Ethical Hacker, Computer Security Expert and Cyber Terrorism guru. Written 14 bestselling books, delivered more than 1000 talks in 25 countries, received 45 awards, has trained more than 20,000 people in India & China, offers scholarships & awards to students, designs toys & games for kids, is writing a script for a movie, runs his own consulting company and is a senior at Stanford University. His work has touched & influenced the cyber lives of millions of individuals and organizations worldwide. Recently he started his own TV show on MTV India called MTV What the Hack!
He has authored 14 internationally best-selling books on numerous topics related to Computer Security that have
been widely appreciated by both professionals and industry leaders the world over. His books have sold a record
10 million copies across the globe, have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Polish and are
also being used as reference textbooks in various prestigious academic institutions in Asia and North America.
The Edu Entrepreneur With a strong belief in the integration of security and education, Ankit launched his first e-Learning initiative in India - "Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker" course. India's first computer security training and certification course can be accessed through retail training partner outlets located in 110 cities across India. Taking his vision forward he has recently tied up with IMT - Ghaziabad one of the top B-Schools in India, to offer "India's First and Only" One Year PG Diploma in Cyber Security through Distance Education Mode.
E-Learning Course uses mediums like video lectures, video conference, text books, online forums and exams.
This certification program addresses the growing demand for Information & Cyber security professionals
Targeted at computer and internet enthusiasts in the age group of 16 - 30 years.
Till date Ankit has trained approximately10, 000 people in India and has more than a 90% market share in this niche market.
He's also entered international markets like China, Singapore, Malaysia and Colombia through strategic alliances and partners.
With the help of some of the most horrific cyber crime case studies of the last decade, his seminars dismisses the incompetent approach adopted by most individuals and companies worldwide and throws light on some of the best security practices that one must keep in mind while using the Internet.
With the correct mix of technical explanations and real life case studies, his seminars provides participants with REAL take home value that they can apply to their lives on a daily basis. Plenty of real life case studies, a hands on approach and LIVE HACKING demonstrations are used to unravel the fascinating world of computer hacking! His seminars have been a favorite across North America, Asia and Australia.
Fadia has vast experience in conducting customized state of the art training programs, hands-on workshops and
consulting sessions (security auditing, penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, security policies, industry compliance and others) for a variety of clients like:
Financial & Banking Sector: TA Securities (Malaysia), Bank of Maharashtra, United Overseas Bank of Singapore, Bangkok Bank Public Co. Ltd, Citibank Taiwan, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Bank of Thailand, GHL Systems Berhad, PT Bank Rabobank International Indonesia and Australian bank officials.
Software Sector: Wipro Technologies, Infosys, Symphony Services, Satyam Corporation, CMC Limited (TATA), PT Cisco Systems Indonesia.
Internet Services Sector: Google, Sify (Satyam).
Government Sector: Singapore Police, Inland Revenue Authority (Singapore), Inland Revenue Board (Malaysia), Ministry
of Defense (Singapore), NISER (Malaysia), Ministry of National Development (Singapore), Ministry of Home Affairs
(Singapore), Monetary Authority of Singapore, Multimedia Super Corridor (Malaysia), Indian Police, Central Forensics Laboratory (Delhi), Kerela Police, Goa Police, Andra Pradesh Police Department, Andra Pradesh Forensics Laboratory (Delhi), Pune Police.
Transportation Sector: Singapore SMRT Corporation, Thai Airways International.
Industrial Goods Sector: The Siam Chemicals (Thailand), BlueScope Steel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Shell Information Technology International (Malaysia) and PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TBK (Malaysia).
Automobiles Sector: Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Education Sector: Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS, Singapore), Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India) Singapore Management University, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT: Mumbai, Delhi and Kharagpur branches), BITS Pilani, Ministry of Education (Singapore), Multimedia University.
Services Sector: Amari Hotels and Resorts (Thailand), Jumeirah International Luxury & Corporate Hotels.
International Conferences: Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Dubai), Asia Technological Initiative (Singapore), HACK (Singapore, Australia and Malaysia), Junior Chamber International (New Delhi), CAN 2005 (Malaysia), Hacking (Malaysia, Thailand and India) and InfoSec World (Singapore).
Business Leaders: Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Asia-Pacific, Dubai University, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai, Melbourne, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi), Young Presidents Organization (San Francisco, Bakersfield, Washington DC/Baltimore, Nebraska, Connecticut, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Malaysia, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata) and Young Leaders Forum (Kolkata). Thailand University, Nevada, Hawaii, Kansas City, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Michigan West, Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Pakistan, Oman, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt and UAE.
Ankit Fadia has received 45 different awards from different organizations, companies and governments organizations.
The most prestigious of them are mentioned below:
MTV Youth Icon Award 2008: Through nationwide SMS and Online voting, Ankit Fadia was chosen as one of the MTV Youth Icon in 2008. The winners of this award were featured in 1 million Pepsi My Cans!
Young Achiever Award from the Indo-American Society for outstanding achievements at a young age that influence lives
in India and America.
Young Turk. CNBC India has featured Ankit Fadia in their popular TV series called Young Turks.
IT Youth Award 2005 by the Singapore Comptuer Society and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore for
significant contributions to the IT industry in Singapore. Ankit Fadia is the only non Singaporean in the history
of the awards to have been given this prestigious honor.
Person of the Year India 2002 by the Limca Book of Records for outstanding achievements in the field of computer
security in India.
Gold Medal 2003 by the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore for significant work in the field of
Hall of Fame 2003 by The Hindustan Times for outstanding achievements in the field of computer security in India.
Silicon India Person of the Week 2001 by Silicon India for writing a book at the age of 14 years.
Outstanding Young Achiever Award 2003 by the Rotary Club For work in the field of computer security.
Best Speaker Award (On 5 Occasions)
State Award 2002 Rajasthan, India
Asia Technology Initiative Fellow (2004) Stanford University Summer Fellowship to Singapore.
Student Achiever of the Year 2002-03 Delhi Public School, India
Special Mention (2002-2004) Limca Book of Records
Ankit Fadia has also been felicitated and his work has been appreciated by various industry leaders like Mr. Kiran
Karnik (President, NASSCOM), Dr. A.P.J Kalam (Honourable President of India), Mr. Chandrababu Naidu (Chief Minister
of Andra Pradesh), Mr. Phiroze Vandrewala (Chairman, TCS), Mr. Ganesh Ayyar (Vice President, Hewlett Packard, SE
Asia), Mr. Murali Manohar Joshi (HRD Minister of India) Mr. Jennifer Grannick (Law Professor, Stanford Law School
and America Top E-Lawyer) and many others.
Fadia is regularly invited by BBC Radio World News, London to give his opinion on the latest virus outbreaks, hacker community trends and vulnerabilities. He has also been widely written about in numerous national and international publications namely:
The Today Newspaper, Strait Times, Computer Times, New York Times, BBC, Teen People, The Boston Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Star, CNET.com, YAHOO, ZDnet, Reuters, PCQuest, The Hindustan, HT Horizons, The Australian IT, Japan Times, South China Morning Post, LA Times, The JARING Internet Magazine, The Strait Times, DIGIT, The Times of India, The Week, Pioneer, Indian Express, HT City, The Business Line, The Telegraph, Financial Express, The Asian Age, SUN, NDTV (Star News), Zee News, Aaj Tak, ETV, Siti Cable, TMG Power, The Statesmen, Society Magazine, Sambhav Magazine, Punjab Kesari, MIS, Teens Today, Mid-Day, Educare, School Times, Business World, The Tribune, Rediff News, Bombay Times, Gulf News, Gujarat Samachar, Rediff News, Jaamejam Daily, Education Times, The News Today, Financial Times, IANS, Eenadu, Express Computers and many more.
Outstanding contribution to the Microsoft community worldwide.
Young Achiever Award
For outstanding achievements at a young age
For being a young entrepreneur and achiever
IT Youth Award 2005
Singapore Computer Society and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
For significant contributions to the IT industry in Singapore.
Person of the Year India 2002
Limca Book of Records
For outstanding achievements in the field of computer security in India.
Gold Medal 2003
Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore
For significant work in the field of Cyber terrorism.
Hall of Fame 2003
The Hindustan Times
For outstanding achievements in the field of computer security in India.
Silicon India Person of the Week 2001
For writing a book at the age of 14 years.
Asian American Outstanding Achievement Award Nominee
Outstanding Young Achiever Award 2003
For work in the field of computer security.
Best Speaker Award
State Award 2002
Asia Technology Initiative Fellow (2004)
Summer Fellowship to Singapore.
Student Achiever of the Year 2002-03
Delhi Public School, India
Special Mention (2002-2004)
Limca Book of Records
Mr. Kiran Karnik (President, NASSCOM)
Dr. A.P.J Kalam (Honourable President of India)
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu (Chief Minister of Andra Pradesh)
Mr. Phiroze Vandrewala (Chairman, TCS)
Mr. Ganesh Ayyar (Vice President, Hewlett Packard, SE Asia)
Mr. Murali Manohar Joshi (HRD Minister of India) Mr. Jennifer Grannick (Law Professor, Stanford Law School and America Top E-Lawyer)
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