People of Kuma- Josh Goldberg

People of Kuma- Josh Goldberg

Meet Josh, our Director of Security & Compliance. Often referred to as a unicorn in his profession and taking pride in helping clients meet their security and compliance needs, one coffee cup at a time, he’s found his niche at Kuma.

Tell us about your role. What’s a typical day like? 

Lots of meetings! Typically, in the mornings a couple days a week I am meeting with compliance assessors to review the needs of my client’s certification efforts. This could be evidence collection, or maybe kicking off quarterly internal/external scans on production environments. Then, I typically have a series of stand-ups I attended for clients daily to discuss projects or tasks that are high priority for the week to accomplish.  Sprinkle in a couple vendor security assessments, vendor management, or attend security committee meetings for clients.

What’s been your proudest moment at Kuma?

Consulting scared me, it’s something I can honestly say I never saw myself doing in my career of Information Technology/Security, but I had an “aha moment” 4 months after I started, with a client that wasn’t even looking for a service I knew they needed.  I had found my groove, it just clicked. I was able to pitch the service and landed the deal with the greatest of ease… it was that moment when I realized I found my niche at Kuma; I found a service we didn’t really market or sell, and it was everything I loved.

What do your friends think you do?

My wife, kids, and even friends all know I do something with IT or IT security, and cloud networks… none of them understand the compliance part, and as much as I have tried to explain it, I lose attention spans within 30 seconds of starting to talk about HITRUST, HIPAA, or SOC II.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I would love to own Cat Cafe. I am a huge animal lover and coffee drinker, and my wife and I share the love of animals with our 6 cats and 3 dogs.  If I could have a coffee shop with cats, that would probably be the coolest job I could think of.

Who inspires you?

My mom for instilling my work ethic in me, and then my wife for helping me to be better person, wanting better for myself and our family, and never settling for less.

What’s your favorite local business?
Flying Biscuit Cafe, might be hands down my favorite brunch place in Raleigh.

What advice do you have for someone interested in joining the privacy and security sector?

Never stop learning. I have been fortunate to work alongside some pretty amazing people over my career in IT, and the things I have learned from my co-workers has helped me immensely get to where I am today.

What are 3 fun facts about you?

I have 6 cats, totaling 23 legs.

I have grown quite the COVID beard.

I have been referred to as a unicorn in my professional career and I just found out this year that “National Unicorn Day” was on my birthday, April 9.