SOC 2 School

SOC 2 And Getting To Know You

Oct 18, 2020 10:40:39 PM / by Bryan "SOC" Urias

 

Welcome to JustProtect's new project, SOC 2 School, where we will hold weekly videos to discuss and break down the importance of not only SOC 2 but also other assets we deem necessary for start ups to succeed. You'll be joined by Vikas Bhatia  and Brian Urias who will walk you through some of the essential trials and tribulations that starts ups such as Just Protect have gone through in order to make your mark upon the start up world.

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SPEAKERS 

Vikas Bhatia - Founder & CEO, JustProtect
Bryan Urias - Security Analyst, JustProtect

 

Bryan Urias 

Hey, everyone! Thank you for joining us in this first episode of SOC 2 school. My name is Bryan Urias, and I'm joined by Vikas Bhatia. So Vikas, how are you doing today? 

 

Vikas Bhatia   

Doing very well. Thank you. It's great talking to you. 

 

 

Bryan Urias 

Great, okay! So, you know, this series is all about how we're going to show you how to tackle SOC 2 and how you can get ready for SOC 2 yourself, right? So Vikas, why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself to start off with?  

 

Vikas Bhatia   

Awesome. So I'm Vikas Bhatia; I'm the founder and CEO of JustProtect. I've been in the cybersecurity industry for about 20 years now as a practitioner and also as a consultant. Most recently, as a CISO, I had my own consulting firm we looked after a number of customers that range from very large enterprises down to small mom and pop shops and a bunch of startups. For the last three years, I've been working on a startup, JustProtect, where I'm the founder and CEO. 

 

Bryan Urias 

Well, that's great, Vikas, so how about you tell me a little bit of what you do for JustProtect. 

 

Vikas Bhatia   

So as the founder and CEO of JustProtect, ultimately, I'm responsible for the entire company and all of its operations, but I also have a dual role. So I'm the Business Information Security Officer, which means that I look after, from a business perspective, all things related to information security, compliance governance, basically because my background allows me to do that, I can wear those multiple hats. 

 

 

Bryan Urias 

Awesome. So what is your background? Where have you worked in the past? And what are your qualifications? 

 

Vikas Bhatia   

Great question! So I actually am an economics graduate, believe it or not, I fell into technology in and around the .com era, I was self-taught MCs as a Microsoft Certified systems engineer for NT 4, so if anyone remembers what NT 4 is, I've been involved with a number of breaches, viruses, disasters and that really got me into the security industry. I've done security operations for the Ministry of Defense in the UK, also worked on a number of other quite sensitive projects. When I realized I wasn't as technical as I needed to be, and I jumped into consulting. I got my CISSP in 2005 and then spent eight years as a management consultant focusing on information systems, compliance, governance, risk. So I've held a number of certificates over the years. I think that nothing beats real-world experience. 

 

Bryan Urias 

Of course, and that is exactly why you are the CEO JustProtect today. So how about you tell us a little bit about what JustProtect does? How do you affect other companies? How do you work with them? 

 

Vikas Bhatia   

So as a former risk assessor for the Federal Reserve, one of the things that I was responsible for was redesigning their vendor risk program. At the same time, I was consulted to a number of third parties or startups that were trying to do business with larger enterprises and realized that the assessment process was broken. So that really was the whole premise behind JustProtect, and today JustProtect is a 10 person company where we're headquartered here in Tampa, Florida. We provide a SaaS solution that enables organizations of all sizes to perform third party assessments, internal assessments, compliance assessments, and also respond to assessments that they may receive. 

 

Bryan Urias 

Well, I'm glad to hear that JustProtect does all that, and looking forward to working with you then. 

 

Vikas Bhatia   

And likewise. Thanks for your time, Bryan.  

 

Bryan Urias 

All right. 

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Tags: mission, assessments, SOC2, Risk Assessor, Startups

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