City boy declined Facebook job, opted for start-up

By Debasis Barik

Bhubaneswar: He is just 23 years old, but already owns a company making him one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the State. Significantly, he launched the company after declining a job offered by Facebook two years ago, an offer many would have found difficult to resist. But the aspiring entrepreneur said; “Thank you. Not interested.”

Instead, Deepak Kumar Nath launched Global Tech Promoters (GTP), an IT firm in Bhubaneswar in 2014 started with the sole purpose of offering cyber security and web development services.

“IT security is the need of the hour. As IT users and traffic increase, so do the threats,” said Nath, who completed B Tech in Electronic Communication from city-based Trident Academy of Technology in 2014, when met him at his small yet well designed office.

The young techie, who was passionate about computer and internet from an early age, has already earned a name in the state as an ‘ethical hacker’ for his impeccable skills in fixing security lapses in various websites. He was conferred with the Hall of Fame by social media giant Facebook and information technology giant Microsoft in 2014 for fixing their security loopholes.

Besides, IT bigwigs HTC, Oracle, among others, had praised Deepak for his ability to expose security faults in their products and offered him an opportunity to work for them.

A self-confessed Modi fan, the young IT wizard is all praise for the Prime Minister’s push for IT security. “Our Prime Minister once said in a speech that IT security is India’s security. So, the time has come to give IT security the importance it deserves,” he says.

On being asked what made him start his own company, Deepak said: “It is my passion to learn new things in the world of internet and technology and a desire to do something for society.”

With an aim to spread the message about IT security among the public and government officials, he frequently gives lectures at various seminars both in Odisha and outside.

He has also given lectures at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad besides training police officers on how to tackle the rising cyber crimes, which is now a headache for cops across the nation.

“When my school friends used to play cricket in their free time, I used to play with my uncle’s computer and had learnt how to code,” said Deepak, who claimed he bought his own laptop only after joining engineering college in 2011.