New Security Industry Association (SIA) member OutSecure is a cybersecurity strategy creation and implementation company headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, with offices in Europe and India. The company works to help clients protect their critical assets, build security into their products and systems based on industry standards, provide management with objective proof to shareholders that they recognize the risks and create lean, actionable risk management plans.
SIA spoke with OutSecure founder Pamela Gupta, who has over 20 years of experience defining and implementing information security strategy and programs in leading Fortune 100 and 500 companies, about the company, the security industry and working with SIA.
SIA: Tell us the story of your company.
Pamela Gupta: OutSecure helps clients answer critical questions about the cybersecurity of their products and/or services, addressing key questions posed in SIA’s 2019 Security Megatrends: “What are you doing to protect my company and customer data and physical security information? What safeguards are you using on the network, and are products vetted for cyber resiliency?”
This helps our clients have demonstrable product differentiation, meet regulations and survive in today’s cybersecurity threat environment by:
- Protecting their critical assets
- Building security into their products and systems based on industry standards
- Providing management with objective proof to shareholders that they recognize the risks and have independent evaluations to understand the risks
- Create lean, actionable risk management plans
Our experience has consistently shown that many companies are either:
- Not protecting themselves with strategic security programs built to address information protection risks unique to their business models and include competitive differentiators, employees, partners, vendors, service providers and other channels to market, as well as their business processes, technology infrastructure, or
- Worse, think they are protecting themselves, but OutSecure’s external professional scrutiny shows that they are not doing so.
What solutions/services does your business offer in the security industry? And what makes your offerings/company unique?
PG: We have both a service offering and a product. Our clients rely on our guidance on risks inherent in digitization and new technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), that enables them to protect themselves from tectonic impacts. We have extensive security practitioner experience at global companies, in-depth technological expertise and a management experience blend allowing for a truly holistic risk-based understanding and remediation. We have a track record of identifying critical risks to large systems and processes often not detected.
Our security technology product includes a facilities monitoring solution with a network of micro-drones using AI that can send a live stream of events and a platform for designing smart buildings.
What’s something we might not know about your company – or something new you’re doing in security?
PG: OutSecure is at the forefront of defining security standards in close partnership with industry leaders. We have collaborated on a building security framework for self-certification for connected devices, such as the IoT, IoT devices, robotics and AI usage in creating complex systems. We are developing security products using AI methods.
SIA: What is your company’s vision, and what are your goals for the security industry?
PG: Businesses are facing a tough security challenge today. Cybersecurity is a complex field that covers a lot of areas which are not well understood by all the risk decision makers in an organization. The challenge has become more complex with additional risks introduced by the interconnected IoT. The challenges have exploded.
The seismic shift in our connectivity that spans the cyber and physical worlds necessitates a fundamental shift in the security strategy any business requires to be sustainable today. Now more than ever, we as business owners, institutions and individuals have to re-examine our approach to security or face severe consequences to our bottom line, marketability and even physical well-being.
I offer unequivocally, based on decades of creating strategic security programs, that there is a simple solution to a complex problem. A simple mantra that everyone from the board to the front lines should be understanding, chanting and following – build secure, buy secure.
SIA: What does SIA offer that is most important to you/your company? And what do you most hope to get out of your membership?
PG: I have security thought leadership to offer SIA and its members; with a track record of designing an expert system to create smart, connected houses to and creating holistic risk-based security strategy for large global companies, I am very fortunate to be able to leverage that aggregate experience for everyone’s success and well-being. I am hoping to get a good network of clients who can benefit from our skills in making them more secure from our service and product offerings.