January 30, 2020

Privacy Spotlight: Obrian Goriel, Information Security & Privacy Consultant and World Traveler


Obrian Goriel, Information Security & Privacy Consultant at Tevora.

What has been your favorite project so far?

A few of my favorite projects have focused heavily on working alongside our clients as their Virtual Data Privacy Officer. It’s allowed for a great opportunity to build relationships with key clients while providing the opportunity to help build a data privacy program and repertoire internally.

How do you define success?

Success to me is growth. I’m not the type of person who can stay complacent. I’m constantly striving to find ways to grow in both my career and personal life.

Where do you see the new privacy laws in the cybersecurity industry going in the next ten years?

Privacy laws are going to continue to grow. I can see more states adopting their own data privacy legislation with the country eventually looking to draft an all-encompassing Privacy law. Globally, we will see additional variants of privacy laws pop up; some similar to what is already out there and others having a new twist. I can eventually see privacy be as important to an organization as security and potentially privacy departments, or programs, being a necessity.

What are some of the biggest challenges of implementing Privacy Laws?

Big challenges I’ve noticed are associated with decoding and fully understanding the law and what is being asked. Oftentimes, laws can be written in an ambiguous manner with multiple interpretations. Ensuring that we have a clear understanding and that we’re providing our partners with that information is important. Decoding laws combined with tailoring the internal processes to abide by the different privacy laws are two of the biggest challenges I can call out.

Best tips to find a balance between your work and personal life?

Clearly defining your work hours and your family hours and do what you can to stick to it. Time management is key when entering the workforce. At the beginning of the day, it is best to prioritize items that are important and make a to-do list. Try not to waste any time throughout your dedicated work hours. Towards the end of your workday, go over the to-do list and highlight all items that you didn’t’ get a chance to get to and ensure they are at the top of the list the following day. Once you are at home with your family, ensure you are enjoying every moment of it and try not to think about work-related items. Turn off notifications and set yourself to “away.” Any emails that come in that can be handled the next day you should put aside.

Do you have a favorite motto or quote to share with us?

“Give me a chance to shine and I’ll blind the world” – Transplants

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to over 30 countries.