MIT Technology Review’s Annual Innovators Under 35 List

Recognized for his innovations and contributions in the field of telecommunications security

Atlanta, GA – August 21, 2013 – Today, MIT Technology Review revealed its list of the top 35 young innovators for 2013 and Vijay Balasubramaniyan, PhD, Pindrop Security’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and founder, has been honored as an outstanding inventor in the field of computer security. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized this “35 Innovators Under 35” list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.

“I’m honored and inspired by my selection to this year’s list of top technology innovators by MIT Technology Review,” said Balasubramaniyan. “Despite being a vital conduit for communication and commerce, the phone channel is completely untrustworthy. We’re on a mission at Pindrop Security to create authentication and anti-fraud detection technologies that will restore people’s trust in the phone.”

Balasubramaniyan is the Founder of Pindrop Security and also serves as its CEO and CTO. He holds several patents in VoIP security and scalability and frequently speaks on phone fraud threats at technical conferences. Prior to Pindrop, Balasubramaniyan held various research roles with Google, Siemens, IBM Research and Intel. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis was on telecommunications security.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA and founded in 2011, Pindrop Security provides solutions to verify the identity of phone callers. Pindrop solutions are based on patent-pending Phone Printing technology, which analyzes phone call audio signals to identify the caller’s location and calling device type and to create a unique fingerprint which can be used to match the caller to other calls they’ve made, regardless of attempts to mask identity and calling activity. Pindrop’s solutions have provided a powerful new tool for financial institutions and other enterprises to detect malicious callers and prevent them from conducting attacks on customer accounts.

“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing women and men whose innovations and companies have been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” said Editor in Chief and Publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Vijay to this prestigious list.”

This year’s honorees will be featured online at technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 3. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference from October 9–11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Pindrop Security

Pindrop Security, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a privately-held company that provides enterprise solutions that help prevent phone-based fraud. Its breakthrough phone printing technology can identify phone devices uniquely just from the call audio thereby detecting fraudulent calls as well as authenticating legitimate callers. We have helped enterprises eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs on their phone channel. Pindrop’s customers include two of the top five banks and one of the leading online brokerages. Recently named a Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Enterprise Unified Communications and Network Services for 2012, and recognized with an SC Magazine Excellence Award, Pindrop’s solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.

About MIT Technology Review

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