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Information security analyst is a white collar “HACKER”

Author: Mejo Kuriachan / Source: appleforA

I am Kaustubh Padwad, currently serving as Information Security Manager at Reliance JIO Infocomm Ltd, specifically working on embedded device/IOT security research. You can read more about me here.

Who is an Information Security Analyst?

Information Security Analyst is a white collar “HACKER”, where organization rent or hire a hacker to break into a system and try to get details such as usernames, credit card details, password etc.

When unethical hackers tries to steal information, ethical hackers make sure they do not get access to company’s information or database.

What is your job role within the organisation?

I am currently working with the embedded device/IOT security. I simply hack every system I come across, as well as try to hack almost everything – your car, your cable set top box, your smart TV, your smartphone, almost every technology.

We hack, it means we discover the vulnerability and then that vulnerability gets patched (means FIXED), so that other blackhat hackers or bad guys cannot hack it. We hack it to make it more secure.

As JIO sells many products to market, for customer’s safety it is required to secure the data. For e.g. assume that your credit card details get leaked via flipkart. Flipkart will have to take the responsibility here. Thus we are hired to maintain the security of the organisation.

What motivated you to become an Information Security Analyst?

When I was in 8th standard, I was able to break my school’s computer system and get the question paper out it. It was a thrilling experience for me. However, I did not make use of the opportunity to cheat. But at that time I realised the power of hacking and importance of security.

What steps did you take to land in your present job?

When I was in school, I had a clear mindset that I want a job as a hacker. But at that time (in 2007-2008) security was not given much importance in India.. After graduation I tried a lot to get a job as a hacker. One of the CTO of an organization told me that, if I want to get good grip on security I should know the system in and out. Therefore, he suggested me to start working in a corporate company. And…

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