#LifeatPrivy: How Krishna Has Grown Along with PrivyID

Krishna Chandra, CIO PrivyID

Krishna Chandra began his career at PrivyID as SVP IT Architecture. Within a year, Krishna’s impeccable contribution and irreplaceable personality have led him to being promoted as PrivyID’s Chief Information Officer. How was his journey like? What are the challenges that he is now facing with this new appointment? Let’s find out in this article!

Humble beginning

An old friend of PrivyID’s CEO, Marshall Pribadi, Krishna’s help has been crucial to PrivyID since the very beginning of its inception in 2016. As PrivyID gained more traction, Krishna officially left his job in one of the most prominent payment gateway companies in Indonesia to join PrivyID as its SVP IT Architecture on April 2017.

During these early days, Krishna explained that he was assigned to move PrivyID’s database that was previously stored abroad to a server that was placed within Indonesia. This complicated assignment was compulsory to ensure that PrivyID’s services are fully compliant with Indonesian government’s regulations. A few months after that, Krishna has successfully led PrivyID’s infrastructure to meet ISO27001:2013’s requirements, effectively making PrivyID one of the few startups in Indonesia that have obtained the certification.

Other responsibilities that Krishna had assumed in his previous position also include developing standard operation procedure, defining vulnerability assessment, and ensuring that all of PrivyID’s system and infrastructure are always in compliance with regulations from the Ministry of Communication and IT and Central Bank of Indonesia. In December 2018, Krishna officially became CIO of PrivyID. In his current position, Krishna is also entrusted with company’s financial matters. He now also regularly represents PrivyID in various community engagement events, from student visitations to providing lectures on information technology, networking, and cybersecurity topics.

Innovations are crucial

Since day one, Krishna has been continuously providing innovations for PrivyID that are successful in improving PrivyID’s business efficiency. Some of which includes the auto verification process that Krishna built to accelerate the registration process of PrivyID’s users. Using machine learning technology that are able to recognize applicant’s National Identity and Driving License instantly, a person can now own their PrivyID within five minutes, whereas other mobile apps that require similar documentations might take hours or even days to finish.

According to Krishna, ideas are not meant to be kept in private. If you have some ideas and innovations that are technically possible to be executed, then it is best to do it as soon as possible. Considering that PrivyID was recently awarded as The Most Innovative Regtech in Indonesia Innovation Award earlier this year, it seems that Krishna’s ethos resonates perfectly with PrivyID’s core.

Krishna Chandra, SVP IT Privy.

Never stop growing

Krishna’s deep understanding of PrivyID’s solutions and business process have certainly helped him in leading his teams, but that does not mean that Krishna has never faced any difficulties in navigating the company or monitor cybersecurity attacks related to PrivyID’s digital identity and digital signature solutions. To face these challenges, Krishna continuously educates himself on industry’s best practices. Most recently, Krishna obtained a CISSP (certified information system security professional) to better equip himself with technical skills.

Regardless of his specialization, Krishna expressed his desire to continue exploring more things.

“I have always wanted to do research and development about blockchain. I also want to get a Master degree and maybe get another certification such as CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)”, he said hopefully.

“I may not be able to do it anytime soon, but I am grateful that my day-to-day job at PrivyID has provided me with a steep learning curve. PrivyID is a great platform for my personal and professional growth”, he concluded.


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