I wanted to spend some time in the not-for-profit space. I had no prior experience working with nonprofits. When I looked at various organizations in the space dealing with security it was a lot of people dealing in white papers and seminars, which would be great if we could talk our way out of the problems we’re in. The fact that GCA actually creates or assembles solutions people can use was the kicker for me. Maybe someday I’ll be ready to sit down and write the great American white paper on cybersecurity that spurs serious action, but until then I’m still inclined to help build things.
My focus so far has been on understanding the organization, its people, its functions, and helping reinforce order, stability, and sustainability. For its size, GCA does a lot. It is not unlike every startup I’ve been involved in; everyone doing maybe a little too much because there is so much to do. Everyone is doing great work, but you can only go full-throttle for so long. We’re five years old this year, and I’d like everyone to be here 25 years from now and you can’t do that if you’re burning the candle at both ends.