We make sure your technology works as hard as you do

ESHA IT is a team of experts that helps companies of all sizes navigate today's complex technology landscape. Our technology advisory team will help you assess your risk, define strategies and achieve necessary compliance. We also provide staffing for your short-term & long-term needs. Our customers are global and we would like you to be one of them.

Meet our Management Team

Premal Parikh

Managing Director & HITRUST Certified CSF PRACTITIONER

Raj Chowdhari

Managing Director & HITRUST Certified CSF PRACTITIONER

Aaditya Uthappa

Chief Cybersecurity Officer

Shankar Talukdar

AVP & Principal Consultant - Cybersecurity Consulting Services

Ashritha Alva

Delivery Head - Cybersecurity Testing Services

TRAVIS HOOSONG

Senior Recruiter

Meet some of our HITRUST Team

ROSIE FAZAL

HITRUST Certified CSF PRACTITIONER

FEISAL NANJI

HITRUST Certified CSF PRACTITIONER

PETE NINER

HITRUST Certified CSF PRACTITIONER

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PREMAL PARIKH

Managing Director

Premal leads IT Strategic Advisory & Cybersecurity Services. He has 25+ years of diverse experience as a technology leader, leading IT and Business teams at start-ups, mid-size companies as well as large public companies.

A technologist at heart, Premal has worked closely with business leadership teams and led digital transformation, delivered products across multiple channels, and positioned technology to positively impact bottom-line revenue.

His multi-disciplinary expertise in enterprise architecture, IT roadmapping, digital operations and application development allows him to integrate his clients’ needs into custom solutions that fit their business. Premal great combination of business acumen and skill helps ensure the success of our customers as we continue to grow our core business while expanding into new markets.

Prior to Esha IT, Premal served as Chief Technology Officer at Everyday Health, a leading provider of digital health marketing and communications solutions. Prior experience includes senior roles at Dow Jones and Sapient.
He also holds a Masters in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Tufts University.

RAJ CHOWDHARI

Managing Director

Raj is responsible for sales and delivery teams working on IT Strategic Advisory and Talent Acquisition Services.

He is an accomplished Senior IT Executive with 25+ years of extensive experience in leading IT in large, global organizations. His industry experience spans Retail, E-Commerce, Wholesale, Supply-Chain, Logistics, Distribution and Manufacturing.

His expertise encompasses strategy, organizational structure, and information systems optimization. He has extensive experience in IT portfolio planning, systems & cybersecurity, outsourcing, business continuity planning and business intelligence reporting. He has hands-on experience and understanding of governance & compliance, development methodology and implementation standards; which enables him to understand customer pain points and help address them effectively.

Prior to Esha IT, Raj served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technology & BI at Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) – A global luxury fashion brand, renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints.

Prior to DVF, Raj has held leadership positions with increasing responsibilities across several industries with companies like Global Brands Group, Take-Two Interactive Games Inc., Footstar Inc., Bank of America, Protech Systems Services (India), Data Basics (USA), etc.
Raj is a graduate of Bombay University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics.

Aaditya Uthappa

Chief Cybersecurity Officer

Aaditya leads our mission to secure next-generation technology-driven organisations around the world.

He has spent a decade in cybersecurity and has varied skills & experience across security compliance standards, penetration testing, red teaming assessments, risk assessments, threat detection & prevention, security strategy & security leadership.

Across his career, he has aided organizations in bolstering their security and they range from Fortune 500 companies, large leading enterprises to SMBs across the globe & industries like BFSI, Health, Military, Government, Telecom, Oil & Gas, etc. Besides, he has conducted & led more than 250 penetration tests & risk assessments across 6 continents.

He has worked at various senior & mid-level technical and management capacities in security including lead penetration test engineer, heading a delivery unit, leading a business practice, etc.

He enjoys training clients, internal teams & young individuals about security & ethical hacking. During his days off, he loves talking about coffee & food along with stories about his travels around the world.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication. He also holds various certifications like Certified HITRUST CSF Practitioner, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, C|CISO, etc.

Shankar Talukdar

AVP & Principal Consultant - Cybersecurity Consulting Services

Shankar leads Esha IT’s Cybersecurity & Compliance Services division.

He is a proficient Information Security professional with 12+ years of pure play cybersecurity consulting experience in sectors like Banking, Retail, B2B Tech, Telecom, and Oil & Gas for clients in the US, Middle East and India.

He brings a trove of knowledge having worn both hats – Implementer & Auditor. He is has implemented and audited standards like ISO 27001, PCIDSS, HITRUST, GDPR, HIPAA amongst others. Additionally, he has aided clients with meeting requirements of standards through remediation advisory, development of policies & procedures, control selection & designing etc. He has also carried out security maturity assessment projects & security governance projects based on COBIT 5 and privacy assessments.

He’s an avid sportsman and loves to travel.

Shankar holds a MSc in Computer Systems Security from the University of South Wales – UK, and also holds a certified ISO27001:2013 Lead Implementer.

Ashritha Alva

Delivery Head - Cybersecurity Testing Services

Ashritha leads Esha IT’s Cybersecurity Testing Services division.

She has over a decade of diverse experience in penetration & security testing. Over the course of the decade, she has executed assessments for organizations around the world and across industries like – Health, B2B Tech, BFSI, Defense, Retail, etc. The assessments have included web, thick-client, and mobile application penetration testing, network penetration testing including on-prem, cloud, and wireless networks, social engineering assessments, vulnerability scanning etc.

Her expertise lie in areas like threat modelling, cloud security assessments, secure code reviews, configuration reviews, secure configuration development, remediation advisory and architecture reviews. Additionally, she has handled various responsibilities including trainings, process development, draft of security strategies, and practices to enhance the existing practice.

During her days off, she enjoys playing badminton, baking, and reading.

She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Science and has been certified as an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, PCI DSS QSA, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and GIAC Certified Web Application Pentester (GWAPT).

TRAVIS HOOSONG

Senior Recruiter

Travis will help you find the right talent for your company. He has almost 10 years of experience recruiting staff, leadership and training other recruiters. Travis has worked in Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up environments.

His practice consists of Full Life Cycle Recruiting, Account Management and Training. He has had great success on delivering talent such as: DevOp Engineers, C-Level Executives, Application Developers, Architects, as well as Non-IT roles for Fortune 500 companies in the technology, non-profit, consumer packages goods, healthcare, manufacturing, finance/banking industries.

He provides a hands-on recruiting style called “Friends First” that’s unique and gives him the edge for his success.

He is a graduate of Anthem Institute where he earned his Network & Security Degree with a 3.58gpa. Originally from Newark, NJ, Travis currently resides in Northern, NJ. He enjoys making people laugh, sports and watching a good movie on a Friday night.

ROSIE FAZAL

HITRUST CSF Assessor

Rosie is a diverse, seasoned business development and marketing manager. She has worked in a variety of senior level positions within the banking, food and manufacturing industries. Her experience includes in depth knowledge in Risk Management, Clearing and Payment solutions, International banking, as well as Manufacturing practices (HACCP and ISO series). She has executed Anti-Money Laundering and Risk Management Policies within the banking sector as well as Health and Safety Policies for mid-sized food manufacturing plants.

FEISAL NANJI

HITRUST CSF Assessor

Feisal has over 25 years of experience as a C-Level Technology Risk expert. He has developed and executed large information security and product development programs. He has deep knowledge of regulatory frameworks, technology capabilities and process constraints to consistently deliver quality information risk management programs for large health care institutions. Feisal served as Interim Chief Security Officer for a 14 Hospital system with over $5 Billion in revenue and conducted multiple security risk assessments for providers of all sizes. At Ernst & Young, he led a team that reviewed and improved the security of an integrated managed care organization’s electronic medical records (EMR) system with over 8 million members and 3 million health records.

Pete Niner

HITRUST CSF Assessor

Pete has been working in systems and network administration, project management as well as security consulting and compliance for over 15 years. He uses his hands-on technical skills and strong understanding of security to provide tailored solutions in a way that creates value. In his past role as a Director, Pete was responsible for business development, sales, method development and project delivery.

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