Mr. Ajay Gupta
Ajay Gupta is an authority on IT strategy, cybersecurity, risk management, and the implications for business risk and competitiveness. He applies keen analytical insight combined with ongoing research and extensive consulting experience to offer uncommon understanding of the strategic issues affecting the vital information organizations rely upon for their sustainability and prosperity.
Ajay founded Gsecurity, Inc in 2002 as a consultancy focused on assisting clients understand their exposure to cyber risk and secure their electronic assets. Serving organizations, including non-profits, utilities, higher education institutions, and commercial business with local and global operations operating in numerous industries, as well as government agencies, Gsecurity has built a reputation as a trusted cyber security advisory firm.
More recently, Ajay has launched a non-profit, Health Solutions Research, Inc. (HSR), to research and identify consumer needs for health IT solutions in healthcare. HSR’s initial research focuses on identifying the design characteristics that inform solutions enabling patient access to and use of their personal health records (PHR) as well as promoting greater patient/provider collaboration.
He has also been selected in the current class of the New Ventures in Leadership program run by the American Society of Aging (ASA) and sponsored by the AARP. Through his involvement with NVL and ASA, Ajay remains abreast of community health initiatives throughout the nation.
His 18-year career includes senior IT security and research posts with Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Mitre, and Mitretek (now Noblis). Project assignments included the selection and implementation of Electronic Medical Records systems for private medical practices.
A published author, Ajay is co-author of two best-selling books written for the university level and published by Addison Wesley: Hack I.T., Security through Penetration Testing (2002), developing of a penetration testing methodology and Defend I.T., Security by Example (2004), a compilation of IT, security, and privacy case studies. His articles have appeared in such publications as Health Data Management, InformIT.com, Government Security News, and Annapolis Business Monthly, among others.
Ajay has held faculty appointments in the area of information security and data forensics at universities across the country. He has been an invited lecturer and participated as a panelist at public and private organizations worldwide, including the Government of Hong Kong; ASIS International; ISACA; the International Economic Summit; Johns Hopkins University; and the Maryland Higher Education IT Conference. Ajay is also the creator and host of Technology Today, an online radio program discussing the major technology issues of the day where cybersecurity is a recurring theme.
In addition to numerous memberships in professional and industry working groups, Ajay has had leadership roles such as Chair of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Transition Team’s Information Security and Data Privacy Working Group; Vice-Chair of the International Business Strategy Advisory Council; Reviewer for National Science Foundation grant applications; Board Member of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Technology Assistance Center (an incubator); and Chair of the Green Markets Committee of the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council.
Ajay currently serves as the Chair of the MD/InfraGard Cyber SIG, a public-private partnership that fosters two-way communications on cybersecurity issues impacting national security.
Ajay holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he graduated among the top 10 students in his class; and both an M.S. and B.S. (cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a member of Toastmasters International.
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