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Executive Leadership

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Paramount Defenses is the brainchild of Sanjay Tandon, formerly, Program Manager for Active Directory Security at Microsoft Corporation.


"Security is an important issue for organizations as well as individuals. I would advise all organizations to attain and maintain a sound security posture. The work that Sanjay Tandon is doing to help organizations become and stay secure is great for the ecosystem."

– JC Cannon, Senior Privacy Strategist,
Trustworthy Computing Group


From the U.S. Government to Corporate America, and from the Fortune 1000 to the business corridors of Asia, as the foundation of a Microsoft Windows Server based IT infrastructure, Active Directory is the foundation of identity and access management and cyber security at over 85% of organizations worldwide.

From 2001 – 2005, Tandon was Program Manager for Active Directory Security on Microsoft's Windows Server Development team. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Active Directory security. Tandon's responsibilities at Microsoft included designing Windows and Active Directory security features, authoring functional specifications and official Microsoft technical documentation, presenting at industry conferences including Microsoft TechEds, and providing strategic security guidance to Microsoft's enterprise customers.

While at Microsoft, Tandon helped improve the security posture of numerous Fortune 100 companies and governments around the world.

For his contributions to Microsoft's customers, Tandon was awarded the Passion for Customers award at Microsoft.


In 2004, Tandon proposed, conducted and delivered a comprehensive risk assessment of Microsoft's global Active Directory deployment, the very foundation of Microsoft's security, to the highest offices at Microsoft, resulting in significant enhancements of Microsoft Corporation's own global information security posture.

In 2005, Tandon moved on from Microsoft to establish Paramount Defenses and address the great challenge of helping organizations worldwide accurately audit effective provisioned access in their IT infrastructures, particularly to help organizations worldwide find out exactly who has what effective privileged access (the proverbial Keys to the Kingdom) in their IT infrastructures.

In 2007, Tandon architected Gold Finger, the world's first cyber security solution that completely automated the determination of effective access in Active Directory environments.

From 2007 to 2012, Tandon led the development of Gold Finger, resulting in the delivery of Gold Finger version 5.0, and then version 6.0, the gold standard for Active Directory audit today.

In years to follow, he architected Gold Finger Mini, the world's most powerful cyber security penetration testing tool, and Golden Eye, the world's first cyber security reconnaissance solution.

In 2013, Tandon was awarded arguably one of the most vital cyber-security related patents, titled "Method and System for Assessing Access Entitlements of an Entity in a System" (8429708), by the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (U.S PTO.)

In 2014, Tandon architected the Gold Finger Suite, a collection of 7 unique Active Directory Audit Tools that together deliver a comprehensive set of Active Directory audit capabilities.

In 2015, Tandon led the development and delivery of Gold Finger 007G, the world's most powerful cyber security weapon, which will be unveiled later this year.


Mr. Tandon received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Young Alum award by UMASS, Amherst for his valued contributions to cyber security. He occasionally blogs at www.Cyber-Security-Blog.com and www.Active-Directory-Security.com. He is based in Manhattan, New York.


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