We talked to Pawan Srivastav on how Essential InfoSec trains to handle cybersecurity threats, and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Pawan Srivastav: We’re fantastic and getting better every day.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Essential InfoSec?
Pawan Srivastav: I was a Computer Science student, and after my graduation, I got trained for Cyber Security and found there was a lack of awareness for Cyber Security. Millions of people got hacked; they lose their Data, and hackers exposed that data. I have worked with many Cyber Security companies but didn’t get much exposure because I wanted to give our society something. After that, I started my Own Company (Essential InfoSec Private Limited) with limited knowledge and a Partner (Anurag Bajpai), where we faced many challenges.
How does Essential InfoSec innovate?
Pawan Srivastav: In past years, our world has become connected with technology. While others offer substantial benefits to both corporations and individuals, these benefits come with a high price on our privacy and security. Countries and businesses alike have already acknowledged that these cyber-attacks are very dangerous, and they won’t disappear if we close our eyes. The technological advances mean that danger is now everywhere. Cyber-attacks have become common in our day to day life. These threads and breaches happen daily and can affect large corporations, causing damage that can sum up to hundreds of millions of dollars. We have to learn a lesson about our changing world and better defend ourselves against the rising cyber-attacks. The best way to do so is to work together with other companies and give proper awareness about Cybersecurity, and penetration testing must be done from time to time.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Pawan Srivastav: The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus, or COVID-19, a pandemic. It’s an uncertain time with lots of unknowns, and while we don’t have all the answers, we want to share what we do know and offer guidance to our customers and other small businesses that may be experiencing shifts in their business.
This pandemic is affecting the health of the public, and it’s also impacting the economy. We lost many clients during the lockdown. However, we’ve taken all steps to ensure minimal disruption to our operations and our customers. At the same time, we are leaving medical advice to medical and public health experts.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Pawan Srivastav: I needed to make difficult decisions. It was difficult because the options had equal risks and benefits. Furthermore, the decisions greatly affected how my career would do in the years to come. Taking the wrong decisions means I would waste years of precious time. Realizing what’s essential – Covid-19 had helped me to remember what I am grateful for, like my family and friends.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety, how do you project yourself and Essential InfoSec in the future?
Pawan Srivastav: I work better under pressure, and I’ve found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment. I plan each and everything, so I can deliver my project that should be 100% authentic.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Pawan Srivastav: We do not have any competitors because Essential InfoSec is a reputed and globally acclaimed leader. Essential InfoSec offers cutting-edge IT solutions for clients all over the world. Our services include IT company essentials such as Security Assessment, Information Technology, Digital Assurance, IT Compliances, and Awareness Training. With a list of integrated services, we ensure that every company has its crucial regulations and technology in compliance with the local and international standards.
Your final thoughts?
Pawan Srivastav: Cybersecurity risk is increasingly being driven by global connectivity. Cybersecurity is critical because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting our sensitive data. Cyber threats can come from any level of your organization. We have to train our society so they can defend against cyber threats.