Binoy Koonammavu, a native of Kochi, is the founding partner, CEO and Principal Consultant of Value Mentor Panacea FZ LLC, one of the most prominent Information security solutions company in the UAE, offering services to prevent, detect, respond to and predict cyber-attacks.
He has proved himself to be an competent entrepreneur by establishing a reputed company which began its journey from Kerala and now has spread its operations to the UAE, USA and Saudi Arabia. Value Mentor Infosec Private Limited, based in Info Park, Cochin, is a sister concern of the company. The major services offered by the company include PCI DSS Consulting & Audit, ISO 27001 Consulting, penetration testing services, application security assessments, mobile application security & risk analysis, and wireless security assessment service.
Penetration Testing Services
Penetration Testing is an access control testing technique to enhance the client organization’s information security program. Penetration Testing or PenTest is the process of testing the client’s computer systems to find vulnerabilities, which could be exploited by an attacker.
ValueMentor provides comprehensive security testing and IT security assessments to the client organizations which discovers critical issues that threaten cyber security, assesses how well their resources and information are protected and helps
Application Security Assessments
Web applications play a key role in today’s business and connect organizations with customers, partners and suppliers. For most organizations, web applications connect to the most critical information assets within. This makes web applications the most attractive target for hackers and statistics have shown that the weak web applications are responsible for a majority of reported security breaches.
ValueMentor’s Application Security Assessment Service is focused on providing the clients, the information required so that they can ensure the security of their web applications and critical information.
A key deliverable of Value Men tor’s service is the actionable report which represents the current state of the client’s application and recommendations for fixing the security issues identified.
The team at Value Mentor had found security weaknesses in various enterprise applications including Oracle Enterprise One and has been accredited by Oracle for its services.
Mobile Application Security & Risk Analysis
Mobile applications require continuous security assessment. Their vulnerabilities often lead to customer privacy violations and/or data lose. Considering this, it is important for an organization to perform a holistic security review as part of its mobile application deployment strategy.
ValueMentor Consulting offers a detailed security analysis of the client’s company’s mobile application as a part of its mobile application security assessment service. The testing methods use both automated testing as well as manual testing. Value Mentor’s ‘automated tests’ detect many of the common vulnerabilities of the mobile applications. However, manual testing, by the security experts of ValueMentor uncovers much more issues than the automated tests.
PCI DSS Consulting & Audit
ValueMentor is a PCI QSA company, accredited by the PCI standards council (USA), helping organizations in securely handling payment (credit/debit) card data. ValueMentor has established a name in the middle east market as a leading PCI DSS service provider.
Other major services offered by ValueMentor include: digital forensics services, internal IT audits, security consulting, PCI DSS compliance, ISO 27001 consulting, HIPAA – HITECH compliance, NESA compliance services in UAE, IT Act 2008 consultancy and security services such as security monitoring, antiphishing and virtual CISO services.
The Eventful Journey
Some of the major clients of the company in the Middle East are Standard Char tered Bank, Al Tayer Group, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, National General Insurance, Mint Middle East and E-hosting Data For t. Major clients in India include civil suppliers, banks, prisons and jails. Madhya Pradesh Chief Election Commissioner is also a part of the Value Mentor clientele. 10 Excellence Global FZC LLC SPECIAL PAGE Binoy Koonamm avu, a graduate in Chemistry, was born to K R Lonappan, who has retired from service, and Annie, a home maker. He started his career with a Logic Software Solutions, a company in Ernaku lam, as a network administrator and worked there for a year. After that, he joined Network Solutions, a company based in Bangalore, as the technical head for its Kerala operations. He also served as the Practice Director for Information Security, in US Technology (now UST Global), at Thiruvananthapuram from 2003 to 2007. This followed with his stint with Burgan Bank, Kuwait, as Information Security Manager, from 2007 till 2012. Cyber security being his passion, Binoy has gathered industry certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CCSK, COBIT-F, AMBCI etc. during these years.
He started his own company, Value Mentor, in the year 2012. Initially, the company had two partners— Jobbin Thomas and Angela Maria. Later, Mridul Menon joined as working partner and Naveen Warrier and Lintu John came up as investors.
Some of the major clients of the company in the Middle East are Standard Chartered Bank, Al Tayer Group, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, National General Insurance, Mint Middle East and E-hosting Data Fort. Major clients in India include civil suppliers, banks, prisons and jails. Madhya Pradesh Chief Election Commissioner is also a part of the ValueMentor clientele. It is the only Company from Kerala having central government empanelment for Critical National Infrastructure Audit performance. ValueMentor is CERT-IN Empaneled and has certifications including PCI QSA, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 27001: 2013.
The company has a total of 34 staff and is planning for an extensive growth in Kerala with a minimum of 60 employees.
Family and more
Binoy is married to Angela Maria. She is working in the same company as the Head of HR and Projects. She is a B.Tech in IT with a postgraduate certificate in Cyber Law. The couple has two children-Ann Maria and John Paul, who are studying in Dubai.
Binoy Koonamm avu is the winner of Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Award in 2012. He is passionate about reading and travelling to hill stations and beaches.