Shrivastava says that he and his friends were not very serious about studies and used to spend a lot of time playing. “Because it was a missionary school, we always used to get a lot of guidelines from Brothers and Fathers (teachers of school). But we were very naughty and never took studies seriously. Until, in class 9th, when we were learning physics, my friends and I were fascinated by the way our teacher explained Newton’s Law of Motion. That was the point we really got into interesting ways of studying. We became really interested to know more about science, especially physics.”
Shrivastava’s parents are not that educated. His father was a class 3 government employee. But they always supported him. “Not just my parents, my entire family, including my wife, in-laws, and friends have always supported me. They taught me to always put my 100% efforts into everything I do. They told me that whatever I am doing now will affect my life in the upcoming years. So, be disciplined, determined and give my best in everything I do. I remember when I was in HSC, one of my childhood friends, Anand guided me to balance between studies and playing. That was a turning point because I was putting more effort and time in playing cricket. In fact, the career guidelines were always from my childhood friends.”IT was not his first choice. He wanted to be in defence or a teacher. But due to some medical conditions, he did not get selected. Later, looking at the family condition, he decided to go into a field where he can get better and quicker job opportunities. “I had applied for defence and teacher. But due to the medical condition at that time, I had to miss these opportunities. But God always has better plans for you. After this, I moved to IT and got my first job at HCL Comnet.”
Along with his Bachelor’s degree, Shrivastava did a couple of courses from Government Polytechnic in Jamshedpur. When he enrolled in Government Polytechnic, the telecommunication industry and its rapid growth fascinated him and he started thinking about how it can benefit common people. That’s when Shrivastava started working for HCL Comnet as a level 1 security engineer and was placed in Tata Steel Project, Jamshedpur.
“The First 3 months were very challenging. But I was learning something new every day and was implementing my skills and learnings. My senior, Mr Subhag Ghosh, Mr Anurag Agnihotri who was Chief of Operations and Projects at Tata Steel, helped me a lot. They guided me about how the services work more effectively, what I should exactly do, how better we can always do and how to add value for self, organization and client. I remember one incident of a Saturday evening where some emails were getting blocked. Since it was Saturday so everyone was out of the office and we were playing cricket. Immediately we got escalation and the way we along with our clients managed that escalation was very interesting. The incident taught us what escalation is and how to effectively resolve it.” Later while he was working on a project with NALCO Mr D. Pattanaik from NALCO also guided him a lot. The way implementations were done and because of client and team’s support, Shrivastava finished the implementation really fast and also appreciated by NALCO.
Shrivastava gives credit for his success to his family, teachers, friends and mentors. Mr Niloy Biswas and Mr Vivek Gupte, who were his managers during his job at Hewlett Packard, guided him a lot. When Shrivastava joined Future Generali, he had to manage a lot of things like faster implementation of security projects, conflict of interest and stakeholder relationship. Mr Ajay Panchal who is his manager, his leadership team and colleagues taught him how to manage everything effectively.
Talking about the challenges, whenever he is stuck somewhere, he immediately likes to take a small break and go for meditation in a peaceful environment. Meditation always helps him find a good solution to the problems. Shrivastava says he likes to treat challenges as opportunities. Whenever he faces any challenge, he liked to discuss it with the leadership team, and come up with an effective solution. Through the training and experience, he has learnt how to handle complex projects and how to convert challenges into opportunities. “Last year, I and my manager with team members started discussing that there may be a nationwide shutdown and we have to be prepared. Our leadership team supported us and we all started working on it. Before Janata Curfew was imposed, we had almost started working from home. Therefore, the COVID-19 lockdown did not affect us running and managing our operations. ”
Apart from IT and Cybersecurity, Shrivastava enjoys writing articles, stories, poems and speaking on cybersecurity on various forums. He has been awarded by various forums for his contribution. Astrology is his core interest. He likes studying astrology as well. “I have decided that along with my current profession, I will always find ways to educate citizens about IT and cybersecurity so that they can effectively and securely get benefited of digital initiative the government and companies have taken. I am writing a book on cybersecurity for the common man. The manuscripts of my book are almost done. I am getting it reviewed by the industry specialists. I will soon get in touch with publishers. By the end of this year, it will be published.”
Shrivastava believes in simplifying things, efficient operations and effective governance. He wants to be a community contributor. “Many people are not aware of security precautions and many features of digital initiatives and hence becoming victim of cyber frauds. I want to educate and awareness of the citizens of my country so they can securely use social media, digital initiatives of the government and other organizations to get the most benefits out of it.”