Pop Quiz, Monday with Pamela Gupta

Pamela Gupta

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Pamela Gupta

Pamela Gupta
Photo credit: Pamela Gupta

What is your job role?
Senior Cybersecurity Strategist

Tell us about your company?
OutSecure, Inc is a cybersecurity strategy creation company with a security technology offering.

We are assisting clients to create a holistic strategic security roadmap and mitigation approach based on Policies, People, Process and Technology.

We can help you build and ship secure products by discovering security vulnerabilities early in the development cycle and guiding you on resolving them effectively.

Identify your Crown Jewels and Critical asset risks and exposure – this requires excellent expertise and experience, and our senior security strategists are par none.

We have a video surveillance drone product with alerting capability leveraging Artificial Intelligence that makes it a seamless integration into physical security strategy.

What do you love most about your job?
Identifying risks for companies and ways to mitigate – it’s like solving a puzzle because each company is different even in the same vertical.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I wish there were ten more hours in a day to accomplish everything I need to do. Cybersecurity is a complex area, and as a practitioner and strategist, I am working and continuously learning.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I am a fortune to be surrounded by some brilliant and technical people. I love to learn new approaches from them.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Nintendo Switch Console is an office favorite.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge is clients are still struggling with implementing holistic cybersecurity risk remediation for data protection but to make it even harder new threats are coming in at a blinding rate from new and emerging technology.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We try new innovative ways of security education such as using gaming which has always been very well received and effective. Security education is vital for any security strategy.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Work with a mentor, cybersecurity is a vast and complex area with many opportunities – technical and non-technical. It is a very dynamic field so be prepared to have the time of your life.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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