• Summary

    One head with different hats! Internet Enthusiast & an Avid Traveler

    A rich mix of Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Cyber Forensic & Web Development having 4+ years of hands-on experience with forensic tools like EnCase, UFED, FTK, IEF, Axiom and SIEM systems like QRadar while working with law enforcement and corporate companies.

    Well versed in all phases of incident response and digital/cyber forensic investigation including Digital imaging/duplication and authentication, data recovery, mobile forensic, photo forensic, data analysis and reporting, case management, documentation and training.

    Have core understanding of forensic tools and software such as Tableau TD2, MASSter Solo 4, Tableau Forensic Bridge, Encase, Internet Evidence Finder (IEF), Axiom, UFED 4PC, Oxygen Forensic Suite and AMPED FIVE Professional and AMPED Authenticate. Experience with SIEM log review and analysis and correlating events logs with cybersecurity incidents.

    I truly believe in continuous education and research and continue to develop new incident response and forensic software expertise and methods to assist in cyber investigation cases.. Highly skilled at relationship building with clients and across organizations and teams.

    Life So Far |

    • Breathing since 1991
    • Completed Schooling from AES, Satara in 2006
    • Finished Higher Secondary Education from YCIS, Satara in 2008
    • Enrolled to RIT for Graduation in Computer Science and Engineering in 2008
    • Started SMS Channel for RIT in 2009 (appreciated and approved by Board of Directors)
    • Elected as the President of 'Computer Society of India' (RIT- Pune Chapter) - 2012-13
    • Completed Graduation in Computer Science & Engineering from RIT (An Autonomous Institute) in 2013
    • Started working as a Freelance Artist in 2013
    • Joined Tendul Tech Labs in January 2014 as Web Designer
    • Joined Null Object Interactive in September 2014 as a Web Designer
    • Promoted to Lead Web Developer in January 2016
    • Changed career direction to Cyber Forensic Investigation and joined Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (Cyber Crime Investigation) department at State Government of Maharashtra.
    • Joined Cognizant Technology Solutions, Chennai as a Cyber-Security Analyst on Valentine's of 2018. :)
  • Skills

    Incident Response

    SIEM Systems, QRadar, Root Cause Analysis, Lead/manage cyber-security incidents (Viz. Malware/ Ransomware attacks, Social Engineering, Phishing, AUP violation etc.)

    Forensic Analysis

    EnCase Enterprise, Internet Evidence Finder (IEF), Axiom by Magnet Forensic, FTK Imager, Tableau TD2, Tableau Forensic Bridge, Masster Solo IV

    Threat Intelligence

    Threat Intelligence Feeds, Open IOC, IOC Extraction/Management, Pro-active Threat Hunting

    Forensic Investigation Skills

    In-depth forensic analysis of exhibits, Evidence Seizing, Maintaining Chain of Custody, Reporting, Case Management

    Mobile Device Acquisition

    UFED 4PC by Cellebrite Communications, Oxygen Forensic Suite

    Other Skills

    Crime Scene Reporting, Training, Knowledge Base Management

    Web Development

    HTML5, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL

    Open Source

    WordPress, Magento, Joomla

  • Experience

    Cognizant Technology Solutions, Chennai

    Cyber-Security Analyst
    February 2014 to Present
    As a cyber-security analyst, I need to keep updated with the latest developments in the threat landscape and lead incident response activities with industry standards. My day-to-day activities include:
    - Conducting and leading incident response activities.
    - Root cause analysis of security incidents.
    - Performing in-depth forensic analysis of various data storage devices using cutting-edge tools and technologies.
    - Responding to, reporting on and tracking cybersecurity events reported to SIEM.
    - Establishing and leveraging external relationships to obtain cyber threat intelligence.
    - Staying up-to-date on security technologies, trends and standards.
    - Responding and acting on the threat intelligence feeds obtained from external sources.

    Regional Forensic Science Laboratory, Pune

    Scientific Assistant (Cyber Crime)

    November 2016 to February 2018

    Well versed in all phases of digital forensic investigation including Digital imaging/duplication and authentication, data recovery, mobile forensic, photo forensic, data analysis and reporting, case management, documentation and training.

    Have core understanding of forensic tools and softwares such as Tableau TD2, MASSter Solo 4, Tableau Forensic Bridge, Encase, UFED 4PC,Oxygen Forensic Suite and AMPED FIVE Professional and AMPED Authenticate.

    Null Object Interactive Pvt. Ltd

    Lead Web Developer
    September 2014 to October 2016
    Lead product development efforts for Null Object Interactive. Including but not limited to desktop, mobile, tablet & emerging platforms. Formulated the road-map, strategy and tactics for Null Object Interactive's growth. Developed web applications for educational institutions, content management systems and user experiences for web users.

    Tendul Tech Labs

    Web Designer
    January 2014 to August 2014
    Brand Strategy and Product Development:
    Consistently worked with design team to create updated brand identity for WoodenBazaar, including new logos for the family of products and new front end design and user experience for the web and mobile site. Developed a custom CMS based tool to make it easy for online store managers to manage inventory, pricing, shipping, order management and customer service.

    Business Development:
    Structured and negotiated contract terms and managed relationships with artisans, manufacturers, re-sellers. Signed MoU with handicraft factories from different states for crafting best quality products that passes international toy safety standards.

    Marketing, Sales & Research:
    Devised new ways to promote 'Made In India' toys and crafts by putting up promotional stalls in flea markets, malls and companies in Pune, India. Sold few varieties of wooden toys on Amazon India marketplace to get on board customer feedback and opinions. Visited all wooden handicraft hubs across India as a part of market research.
  • Steve Jobs | Innovation

    “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

  • Projects

    A list of my recent studies and developments

    Case Study: Forensic Analysis of Private/ Incognito Mode Browsing in Modern Browsers using IEF

    March 2018

    With increasing use of modern browsers and it's private browsing capabilities, it has become a challenge for forensic investigators to trace the evidences. This case study involves forensic analysis of private mode browsing in modern browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer using Internet Evidence Finder. (Uploading the report in my upcoming blog post.)

    Malware Sample Submission Portal

    May 2018

    In diverse organizations having security teams working across locations, it is vital to ensure secure handling malware samples between teams for analysis, IOC extraction etc.

    Developed a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for centralized malware sample submission portal to avoid mishandling of malware samples by various teams in organization.

    Threat Intelligence Portal

    June 2018

    Thousands of news and articles about the latest trends in cyber security are published every single day and as a cyber security professional it’s impossible to keep your tabs open all the time.

    I developed a RSS Feeds aggregation platform providing cyber security team regularly updated web content by gathering it in one place for easy reading. Instead of constantly checking multiple news sites, blogs, podcasts and other sources throughout the day, analysts can just access this portal which will automatically keep itself updated with the latest developments as they happen.

    This not only helped in proactive threat hunting but also helped team in
    staying a step ahead of potential cyber-security incidents.

    Case Study: Forensic Analysis of Private/ Incognito Mode Browsing in Modern Browsers using Axiom

    July 2018

    With increasing use of modern browsers and it's private browsing capabilities, it has become a challenge for forensic investigators to trace the evidences. This case study involves forensic analysis of private mode browsing in modern browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer using Axiom Tool by Magnet Forensic. (Uploading the report in my upcoming blog post.)

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