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Ritesh Bhatia

Ritesh Bhatia, Cyber Security Expert

Ritesh Bhatia is a well known Cybercrime Investigator and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Consultant with an experience of 20 years in the cyberspace. He is popularly known for his Cybercrime Investigations and has been successful in solving many cases for corporates, law enforcement agencies and individuals in India and abroad. His recent case on busting a WhatsApp group that was circulating child sexual abusive material was well appreciated not just by the Indian police but also by Interpol. Ritesh also played the role of his real life self as cybercrime investigator in MTV's award winning show - MTV Troll Police.

He is on the board of many companies, serving as a cyber security consultant and auditor. He has been instrumental in securing systems and critical business information from cyber attacks. His key areas of interest include Infrastructure and Data Protection, Security Audits, Risk Assessment, Business Continuity, New Age Cybercrimes, Dark Web and Digital Forensics. His views on trending cybercrimes and cyber security have been published by many national publications including Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, DNA, Mumbai Mirror, Mid-day, The Week, Open Magazine and many other regional newspapers. He frequently appears on national television channels such as NDTV, Mirror NOW, CNBC, Zee, Aaj Tak, NewsX and many others which seek his opinions on the trending cyber crimes. He has also been interviewed by international media houses such as BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Ritesh has been a very sought after speaker to discuss issues related to new age cyber crimes, dark web, mobile security, data privacy, cyber security and prevention. He has been a distinguished speaker at many national and international conferences and organisations such as the RBI, Anti Narcotics Cell, Economic Offences Wing Indian Air Force, State Police, leading corporate houses, schools and colleges and many more where he spoke on new age cybercrimes, data privacy and dark web.

Along with his partner, Nirali Bhatia who is a cyberpsychologist, Ritesh has formed an anti cyber bullying organisation called Cyber B.A.A.P. which stands for Cyber Bullying Awareness, Action and Prevention.

Technical Certifications

  • Certified Privacy Lead Assessor

  • DSCI Data Privacy Professional

  • ISO 27001:2013 Lead Implementer

  • EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker

  • Diploma in Cyber Law -Government Law College, Mumbai

  • Certified Cyber Forensics Analyst


  • Cybercrime Investigations

  • Darknet Research and Investigations

  • IT Security Audits

  • Implementing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)

  • Digital Forensics

  • Cyber law consultancy

  • System hardening

  • Software Compliance and Dispute Resolution for Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and others

  • Infrastructure and Data Security

  • Source Code Review and Application Security

  • Cyber Security Awareness, Drills and Training

  • Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration testing

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery


  • Visiting Faculty at SP Jain School of Global Management - Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney

  • Visiting Faculty at Mumbai University, Kalina Campus


  • Zee Indian Telly Awards

    MTV Troll Police - Best Youth Show in Non Fiction Category

  • The "CYBER CRIME HELPLINE AWARD 2018" in the category Fortune Hunters of Digital India (Cybercrime Investigations) awarded by DTF Pune

    This award honours individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in Financial Fraud, Cyber Crime Investigation, Insurance, Risk Assessment, Computer Forensic, Legal, Compliance, Audit, Information Security, Technology, and Law Enforcement.

  • Conferred the award for The Best Individual For Creating Cyber Security Awareness by Computer Society of India on 7th October 2017 at CSI IT 2020 Conference

TV Shows

  • Official Cybercrime Investigator for MTV Troll police

Theatre / Drama

  • Cybercrime investigations consultant for the super hit Gujarati drama Jaanta Ajaanta which is based on revenge pornography

TV Interviews - National ( - 100 Videos )

TV Interviews - International

Radio Interviews

  • FaceApp Security and Privacy Issue

    Rj Abhilash - 17th July 2019
  • Facebook Cambridge Analytica Issue

    22nd March 2018
  • Wanna Cry Ransomware Prevention

    Rj Prerna - 17th May 2017
  • Wanna Cry Ransomware Awareness

Press - Special Coverage

Press - National ( - As seen in newspaper | - Link to online article )

Seminars & Conferences

  • Panelist - "Real life case studies on online harassment of women: Cyber bullies and Cyber criminals" at a seminar organised by United Nations and DSCI, New Delhi

  • International Speaker - - "Challenges in Dark Web Investigations" at Fraud Conference Middle East, organised by ACFE and ADAA, Abu Dhabi

  • Panelist - "Cybersecurity - From Indo-Israel perspective" organised by the Consulate General of Israel in association with Maharashtra Cyber

  • Guest Speaker - "Darknet Threat Intelligence and Investigations" at an in-house event organised by Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai

  • Panelist - "AI based cybercrimes and security" at a seminar organised by ISACA Mumbai Chapter

  • Keynote Speaker - "Dark Web" at Defence Institute of Advanced Technology's Conference organised by DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Pune

  • Guest Speaker - Cybercrimes for Bankers and Technology for Data Protection at National Judicial Academy (NJA), Bhopal

Cyber Safety Awareness Campaigns

  • Techniques Used By New Age Cyber Criminals - A training session to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), BKC

  • Web Application and Data Security - Training given to the developers and IT professionals of SBI Mutual Fund, Mumbai for making secured web applications

  • Being Safe in the Cyber Space - Talk given to members of FICCI Flo Pune Chapter at Taj Vivanta, Pune

  • Protecting Businesses In the Cyber Space - Guest Lecture to Small and Medium Business Owners at SP Jain School of Global Management

  • New Age Cybercrimes and Online Protection of Children - Interactive talk given to students of Ecole Mondiale, Juhu, Mumbai


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

  • Federation of Data Privacy Professionals of India

  • Data Security Council of India

  • Computer Society of India

  • Council For Fair Business Practices