Akash Trehan is the Founder and Manager of the Cybersecurity Club at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, taking initiatives to form a community of security enthusiasts and giving talks to spread awareness about the latest research in the area. He is also a member of the Web & Coding Club, one of the largest college-level programming clubs in India which provides mentorship to students as well as a platform to showcase their skills.
Akash is a third year undergraduate at IIT Bombay, majoring in Computer Science & Engineering. He was awarded the Academic Prize 2015-16 for his exceptional performance and is currently among the top 3 in the Computer Science department. He also ranked 24th amongst 1.5 million students who took JEE Advanced, one of the toughest college admission tests.
When not busy with college work, Akash spends his time participating in Capture the Flag competitions, where his favourite categories are Reverse Engineering and Pwning. He is primarily interested in Software & Systems security, Network security but likes to take on any challenge he finds interesting. He is very passionate about computer security and is mostly self-taught in the area. He hopes to do some ground-breaking security research later in his life. Last summer he got the amazing opportunity to research under Prof. Giovanni Vigna and Prof. Christopher Kruegel at the University of California, Santa Barbara and play CTFs with the famous team Shellphish!
Not only does he love breaking software but also building them. Akash, in his freshman year, formed the Ferozepurwale hackathon team with two of his friends, Nihal and Arpan. Together they have won several prizes including- Ubisoft GameJam 1st place, Yahoo! Japan Most Creative Hack, Microsoft Code.Fun.Do Showcase Finalist, Lenovo GameJam, Kandy Hackathon, Hack InOut blockchain track 1st prize among others. They’ve also developed apps and websites for their university. Akash is also an open-source enthusiast and contributes to software like OWASP ZSC, SymEngine on Github where he goes by the handle ‘CodeMaxx’.
Akash loves to think, read, listen to and analyze new ideas and opinions. He firmly believes that creativity, imagination, and ideas can change the world. He watches every TED talks he comes across and dreams of giving one himself someday.
In his spare time, you will find him listening to Music or watching his all time favourite show - Impractical Jokers.
Akash is always interested in collaborating on projects and discussing ideas. Email him if you’d like to get in touch.