Gabriel embarked on his career in software development after spending 12 years in an advisory services and consulting role specializing in assurance services, internal audit, and third-party risk management for one of the Big Four companies. A graduate of the DigitalCrafts coding boot camp, he has brought his wealth of experience in internal audits, assessments, and remediations to his role in developing SecurityGate.io products as a software engineer and product lead. Simply put, Gabriel is developing the software and applications that he wishes he’d had in the field.
Experiencing the pain of manual assessments firsthand
In his former advisory services and consulting career, Gabriel learned that assessing third-party risk was an incredibly manual and time-intensive process. He experienced three main obstacles during his assessments:
- Lack of organized and automated workflow. Often, Gabriel had to use email to request information with no way to assess whether his counterparts were responding in a timely manner. Having to manually reach out to each client to ensure a timely and complete response resulted in massive inefficiencies.
- Long lag time before meaningful and actionable insights. Following his assessments, a frustrating lag time would elapse before Gabriel received the insights that revealed what fixes were needed. This was in large part due to the laborious process of piecing together information from disparate data sources to understand risk profile and exposure.
- Lack of a centralized platform for overseeing projects. As a consultant, Gabriel often had to piece together project updates from a variety of inputs, including emails, documents, and spreadsheets. There was no central repository of all the information that Gabriel could access at a glance, which resulted in inefficiencies and a loss of productivity due to the complexities that came with large, multinational projects.
SecurityGate.io would have delivered value to Gabriel and his clients
As skilled a consultant as Gabriel was, he knows that he could have delivered high-quality insights to his clients much more efficiently through our SecurityGate.io assessments platform. Having a standard framework and workflow to assess critical infrastructure would have provided him with a high-level view into the timeline of his projects—including any bottlenecks—in an easy-to-consume dashboard. Rather than having to sift through emails and spreadsheets, SecurityGate.io would have served as a central repository of information and assessment status.
Additionally, the time to insights would have been cut down dramatically. When an assessment is performed using SecurityGate.io, the data is stored in the cloud and automatically populated into our intelligent insights engine, delivering an immediate view into what’s at risk and what’s at stake if a problem is not remediated.
But the most transformative aspect of the SecurityGate.io platform, and the module that Gabriel first began coding when joining the team in 2018, is the remediation workflow manager. According to Gabriel, fixing problems and addressing risk exposure were the main drivers for his job as a consultant, and are the key areas of focus for companies using SecurityGate.io.
As someone who knows the industry inside and out, Gabriel believes that SecurityGate.io is the industry leader for OT/ICS cybersecurity. Now a software engineer on our team, he works hard to ensure that our platform continues to vastly improve audit, assessment, and remediation workflows.
Once a seasoned consultant specializing in assurance services, internal audit, and third-party risk, Gabriel shifted careers to become a software engineer. He now builds SecurityGate.io, the assessment platform he wishes he’d had in his previous life.