UST Global, Kerala Govt to Launch Global Cyber Centre

Global Cyber Centre

Thiruvananthapuram: Leading Digital Technology Services Company UST Global is set to launch the UST Global Cyber Centre in partnership with Kerala Government’s Cyber Dome, along with the State Police Department in Thiruvananthapuram in 2018. The announcement was made by Sajan Pillai, the company’s CEO at a press conference.

“It will be a world-class security operating centre and it can monitor all the things required for the Central and state governments. This is primarily our cybersecurity capabilities from UST Global Israel. We believe the cyber security defence launch will be a huge opportunity for Keralites,” said Pillai.

“UST has become the first billion dollar technology startup from Kerala after 18 years of its inception. Retail and healthcare were our original domains to start with. Now we have expanded that to banking and financial services, technology and telecommunications. These are the four major verticals we are focusing on,” Pillai said. These four industries are getting heavily disrupted by the digital changes. The world over print media is getting challenged by other forms of media like social media and digital media, he noted.

Launched in 1999, UST Global is one of the pioneers of IT startups in Kerala. “Every year UST Global has been attracting more than 200 visits from global companies. Senior executives visit here, and it has created visibility for Kerala. As the startups are from Kerala, we want to ensure that these startups are consumed by these companies as we have created a massive ecosystem,” Pillai explained.

The executives of the company are looking at attracting 50 million USD for startup companies, in a bid to give a massive fillip to the startup culture in Kerala. Every fifth startup being set up in India is from Kerala, said Pillai. The company also has a series of plans to provide training programmes for new entrepreneurs.

Commenting on the recruitment process of UST, the CEO said, “The type of talent that we are hiring also has changed. Now we are pushing the academics and urging them to get them ready for the job. We are planning to work with the universities and schools here to facilitate the training. So when they graduate, they can be employed without the long cycle of waiting and waste of time and money. We find that this approach is beginning to yield very good results. We believe that this can create a lot more employment in Kerala.”

Citing the huge opportunities of technology, he mentioned the e-governance programme, ‘e-Nagarapalika’, launched in Madhya Pradesh by UST Global. Another application ‘U Safe’, a key solution that uses IoT (Internet of Things) was also launched by the company. The U Safe app that enables alerts to be sent to the police ensures the safety of women as part of the company’s commitment to society.

An MoU has been signed between technology firm Intel, UST Global and the Kerala government to set up a laptop manufacturing unit in Kerala. The master plan will be finalised in January regarding the setting up of the hardware manufacturing unit.

UST Global is hosting its annual Global Developer Conference, D3, in Thiruvananthapuram. D3 is one of its avenues to create intellectual IP in transformative technology solutions. The Developer Conference is designed to invest in the technology ideas of the employees and also invest in them. The event will also feature speakers from all over the world.

In a bid to build a pool of technology intelligence and tapping into Kerala’s young talent, UST Global has joined hands with A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) in the state for its internship programme ‘Bridging the Digital Divide.’ In 2018, UST Global also plans to expand its innovation centre Infinity Labs to other countries and cities they operate in.

Alexander Varghese, Chief Administrative Officer; Anoj Pillai, Chief Architect; and Manu Gopinath, Chief People Officer, were also present at the press meet.