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Michael Castro

Cybersecurity threats are becoming more complex, and the challenges for businesses to protect themselves are becoming more difficult. Organizations need to be risk aware.

Toronto-based RiskAware is a boutique cybersecurity firm specializing in helping businesses navigate cybersecurity, reduce risks, and protect from risks. Taking a proactive and educational approach, RiskAware offers cyber advisory, training, assessment, and fractional CISO (chief information security officer) services.

The company was founded in 2018 by cyber security expert Michael Castro, who brings more than 20 years of experience in cyber security, having held top cybersecurity positions at Canadian Tire and Loblaw Companies.

RiskAware works with small to medium-sized businesses in various industries, including Oil & Gas, Energy, Financial, Retail, Healthcare, Non-profit, Municipal, and Transportation.

Tell us about yourself?

I have been in the cybersecurity industry for 25 years, with 20 of those years in corporate cybersecurity. I was inspired to enter the industry when I discovered that companies I saw knew very little about data and its risks.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Don’t fret the little stuff. So much has happened over the last two years that there are larger things in play. Take every day in a positive way.

What problem does your business solve?

I work to make businesses more cyber resilient and less likely to be impacted by their next cyber attack.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

I worked in the corporate world for 20 years. In meeting with and talking to small businesses, I realized that they were underdogs unable to have the resources or budget to work. I decided that I wanted to help the little guy.

What is your magic sauce?

There are a lot of cyber firms popping up and touting the experience to assist. The reality is those with more than 20 years are hard to find. I have 25 years in the business, and those who work with me average 20 years in the field. Experience is the magic sauce.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

My vision is all about the growth of the company. I want to be able to help businesses across the country, coast-to-coast-to-coast.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

The biggest challenge is dealing with staff and resource gaps. There are simply not enough cyber professionals.

How can people get involved?

RiskAware works with small to medium-sized businesses and organizations in various industries, including Oil & Gas, Energy, Financial, Retail, Healthcare, Non-profit, Municipal, and Transportation.