July - 2014 - issue > 50 Cool Startups of the Year 2014

RedShift Networks: Security- The Prerequisite to Freedom

Pankaj Kundwani
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Pankaj Kundwani
With convergence of voice and video applications and enterprises moving into the cloud environment, there is a mounting need for deploying security in unified communications and VOIP networks - be it messaging, teleconferencing, web conferencing or video conferencing. There are numerous segments to security and there are different IPS devices (information prevention devices), firewalls, spam gateways and database firewalls that look at specific applications but solve only one piece of the puzzle. To provide the security umbrella for all unified communication, collaboration and VOIP applications, Amitava Mukherjee founded RedShift Networks in 2006. Today, the company is a leader in securing Cloud based VoIP networks and provides the industry's first complete security solutions developed for Unified Communications (UC), VOIP and Video.

Having an experience of over 20 years, Amitava held senior management roles in leading technology companies in the security, networking and communications space. While working with these organizations, he observed that threats around unified communications and voice & video are growing exponentially and there are attacks taking place all across the globe. This inspired him to develop a product which could protect organizations from the attacks costing billions of dollars. While entering into security space, Amitava wanted to ensure that the threat matrix was rich enough and he went on for a research in couple of universities like Columbia University in New York, MIT, Oulu University in Finland and few others.

Amitava co-founded the company with his colleague Phanindra Jujjavarapu and was also joined by several other colleagues. RedShift started developing its product in early 2007 in Hyderabad. But the market collapsed in 2008. Fortunately, the company had earlier raised several million by way of angel capital to continue building its product. At the end of 2009, when RedShift came out with its product, the U.S. and the European markets were going through a sluggish phase. But the French and the Korean markets were still stable and the company started serving clients in these geographies.

The company has been recognized as Top Startup at TiEcon 2013, and has also won the 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Global and 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award. It has been successfully solving the most difficult UC, VOIP and Video security challenges for service providers and enterprises with the company's Unified Communications Threat Management (UCTM) product portfolio."Our patented UCTM technology proactively secures VOIP Carrier and Enterprise networks from over 40,000 different types of VOIP attacks.We also provide Global SIP Threat Intelligence service and correlate the attacks from around the world to make sure our customers are protected," says Amitava Mukherjee, President, CEO & Co-Founder of RedShift Networks.

RedShift is currently working with Tier I, II and III Cable and Mobile Operators in the U.S. and around the world. Its footprint includes carriers in U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.The organization is also focused on the communications cloud market that include traditional telephone companies, cable companies and the new VOIP Cloud companies that sell telephone services via Cloud.

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