April 2015

“Keeping Security Threats at Bay”

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Ujjwal Sabharwal


Ujjwal Sabharwal
Product Management Head, SafranMorpho

Morpho offers products and solutions that keeps information safe and secure, says Ujjwal Sabharwal, Product Management Head, SafranMorpho, in an interaction with Elets News Network

Tell us something about Safran.

Safran is a French high-technology group and supplier of systems and equipment in its core markets of Aerospace, Defence and Security, while Morpho is a part of Safran group and quite prominent in the security sector.

India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and its growing infrastructure in Airport and Rail networks, Power and Nuclear installations, and Smart cities and related physical and digital assets need protection from security threats and vulnerabilities. SafranMorpho has the right products, solutions and in-country presence to ensure safety and security of such critical infrastructures and assets.

What products and solutions Morpho offers?

Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is the market leader in security solutions. Our unique expertise lies in providing cutting edge security solutions for Civil Identification, Criminal Justice, Public Security, Transport and Border Control, Critical Infrastructure, Digital ID and Smart Transactions markets. With more than €1.5 billion revenue, international presence and more than 9 per cent turnover dedicated to R&D, Morpho provides security solutions that are cutting edge and are relevant for its markets.

In India, we are one of the key partners of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in their project Aadhaar. We are the leaders in the supply of enrolment as well as authentication devices (including microATM) for various Aadhaar-based programmes like AEPS, DBT, eKYC. We’re the only and the first biometric vendor to have established manufacturing facility for biometric sensors and are contributing in a way to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

We have been working with several banks for customer acquisition, secure, auditable and safe transactions and nonrepudiable access to their core banking software. Through with our solutions, banks can keep a track on who did the transactions and what was the location. Our biometric sensors range has the capability to encrypt on-board and support digital signatures, which ensure complete security of the biometric data at rest and in motion. With its subsidiaries, Syscom Corporation and Smart Chip Limited, Morpho is a market leader in India in digital solutions for telecom, payment, transport and enterprises by delivering trust in the digital world through smart cards, secure elements, lifecycle management solutions and strong authentication software platforms.

What all you do to keep users updated in keeping their data safe and secure?

Apart from system and technologies, we also train users and organisations regarding the challenges that are threatening the IT ecosystem, digital and physical assets, how can they stay safe from these threats and what should be the best practices to keep the data, systems and infrastructure secure. Regular trainings are conducted in short durations for our users and partners so that they understand our solutions and adopt best practices in security.What all you do to keep users updated in keeping their data safe and secure?

Where do you see the future of Indian IT ecosystem in the coming years?

India’s future is very bright as lots of initiatives have been taken by the Government of India to promote importance of IT among people and also take IT to the grassroot level in India. Just like GoI’s Digital India campaign would help Indian IT ecosystem to grow in the coming years and help reduce the digital divide, initiatives such as Digital Locker also need reliable security measures to ensure they are sustainable and effective in the future.

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