Aakash is the CTO of Oak9. He is focused on building foundational security capabilities to help customers transform their security practice and deliver dynamic, comprehensive & risk-appropriate security that enables the velocity of modern software development.
Aakash is a proven leader in cybersecurity. Over his 17 years in the industry, he has held a wide range of roles. He has successfully built & evolved security practices at large organizations to enable new business models and support their digital transformation. He has defined security strategies to enable the adoption of Cloud, AI and IoT. As a security architect, he has architected and implemented security for core products across market verticals, including Healthcare and Defense. Prior to these roles, Aakash conducted cutting-edge security research in trusted computing, tamper resistant systems and critical infrastructure at organizations like MIT Lincoln Labs and Carnegie Mellon. Aakash has contributed to industry standards and taught information security courses.
Aakash holds a M.S. in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. in computer engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.