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Cybersecurity Firm SentinelOne Starts India Ops; Plans $50Mn Investments

The India ops currently boasts of a headcount of 100 people with the company aiming to expand it to about 500 in the next stage of expansion)

US-based cybersecurity company SentinelOne plans to invest $50 million in India as part of their global expansion programs. As part of the plans, the company would expand its talent base by 500 people over the coming years at its operations center set up in Bengaluru. 

The center aims to deliver innovation, product development, threat analysis and research as well as engineering in the cyberdefense space. In a statement, the company says a key component to SentinelOne’s India plans would be the local data center where it plans to store all of its local customer data. This is in line with the federal government’s directive. 

“Our Bengaluru center represents an investment in talent and technology to serve the local market and our global customer base,” said Ric Smith, Chief Technology Officer, SentinelOne. The official said the company would hire talent across engineering, researchers, sales, marketing and business development, finance, HR, and operations.


What’s SentinelOne been up to?

SentinelOne has been protecting some of India’s largest automobile, manufacturing, pharma, insurance, and food delivery companies as well as one of its largest airlines and busiest airports. “The Indian market is ready to move beyond ineffective legacy antivirus, and there is a high demand for cutting edge cybersecurity technologies from Indian enterprises,” said Raj Rajamani, Chief Product Officer, SentinelOne.

“We are investing in the go-to-market strategy in India to serve enterprises and government bodies,’‘ Rajamani said. Company officials also told the media that the pace at which India’s governance and enterprises digitizing, cyber threats are only likely to go north. CERT-In had recently shared that India faced 11.5 million cyber crime incidents in 2021. 

Readers would recall that SentinelOne pioneered the world’s first purpose-built AI-powered extended detection and response (XDR) platform to make cybersecurity defense autonomous, from endpoint and beyond. Earlier this year, the company acquired Attivo Networks for $616.5 million as part of its growth strategy. 



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