People of Kuma – Santosh Putchala
Meet Santosh, our Director of Privacy. It’s a serendipitous publication that brought him to the privacy & security domain, he can drive a stick-shift and enjoys it a lot more than auto-transmission, and he refrains from eating anything that’s canned and he drinks vegetable juice every morning.
Tell us about your role. What’s a typical day like?
Thought leadership activities across privacy and security.
Sounding board talks with Client’s Executive Leadership.
Hands-on client delivery.
RFP planning & evaluation, proposal writing & submission.
Product/Offering development & management.
Marketing material development.
Business development activities.
Review of industry & regulatory trends across privacy and security.
What’s been your proudest moment at Kuma?
Hands-on delivery on a project using an innovative methodology resulted in the client providing a stellar review with the most superlatives!
Delivery of the most diverse set of projects to date at Kuma.
What do your friends think you do?
Some cyber-privacy stuff that is part technology and part legalese.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?
It would probably be a nature photographer. Because a leisure activity turning into a mainstream job is a dream come true!
Who inspires you?
Keeps changing as I discover more about myself and the industry, but it would be Marie Curie (if I have to pick one legendary inspiration).
What’s your favorite local business?
Nearby farmers market, for its organic produce.
What advice do you have for someone interested in joining the privacy and security sector?
Attain a bachelor’s/master’s degree in one of the disciplines-engineering, law, public policy, business, consumer protection, technology, other social sciences. Do as many industry internships/pet-projects as possible prior to attempting to work full-time. Read a lot about the other allied domains outside your formal education. Do not confuse confidence for competence. Be humble.