May 27, 2022

GrassDew IT Solutions Pvt Ltd is founded in January 2016 by Shekhar Ashok Pawar, working primarily in Cybersecurity Services, Customized Software Development, and Teleservices. GrassDew has worked for various clients in India, the UK, the USA, Sri Lanka, UAE, and Europe. Also, they have got diverse experience in different domains such as e-commerce, manufacturing, healthcare, banking, financial services, IT, e-learning, etc.

Corporate Job to Entrepreneurship Journey:

Earlier, Shekhar was a Manager in Capgemini, a French multinational information technology services and consulting company.  He always feels proud about the past international exposure he gained in the areas like team leadership, the latest programming technology, cybersecurity, processes, and audit. Also, the executive management program from SJMSOM, IIT-Bombay has helped him to develop an entrepreneurship mindset. He is an Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer. He decided to start GrassDew IT Solutions from scratch. His courageous decision was supported by his spouse and parents. Also, his core teammates helped a lot throughout the entrepreneurship journey.

Shekhar has many certifications in cybersecurity, programming, and audits. He is a certified blockchain developer and Microsoft Certified Professional. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is also ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor. He is a Certified PCI DSS V3.2.1 Implementer. He has also successfully completed the “Diploma in Cyber Law” course conducted by Government Law College, Mumbai, and Asian School of Cyber Laws. Shekhar is also working with EC-Council, USA as item writing for C|EH and CHFI examinations. He was CMMi Level 5 Assessment Team Member (ATM) for Capgemini India in the year 2015.

“Being in the knowledge business, I spend hours each day for un-learning, learning and re-learning technical things. If you are a woodcutter, you need to sharpen your axe, to be successful in your career. Our business or any such business is not apart,” Shekhar says.

Cybersecurity Research Contribution for SME Segment:

Utilizing the diverse international experience of cybersecurity audits, telecom knowledge, and programming skills, Shekhar is currently pursuing his research doctorate from the Swiss School of Business and Management (SSBM), Geneva, Switzerland on the topic which will contribute to the improvement of the Cybersecurity posture of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He has the plan to launch a new cybersecurity framework for SMEs which are the biggest contributors to the global economy and provide maximum employment.

Free Cybersecurity Threat Alert Email Notification Service for Organizations:

GrassDew’s Cybersecurity team is named “GrassDew Panther”, been running an initiative for the last two years for helping organizations to get the awareness of latest cyber-attacks.  It is a FREE SERVICE by GrassDew. Many C-Level executives, directors, IT teams of different organizations are part of the broadcast list. This email does contain an explanation about the latest cyberattack, its impact, and recommended steps as a precaution for not being a victim of malicious actions of hacking tricks. Organizations can enroll themselves through the “FREE THREAT NOTIFICATION” web form available on GrassDew’s website. These emails are sent by TLS certified email id, without any attached documents or external hyperlinks – but only pointed information helpful for the readers.

Main Cybersecurity Services:

For years, GrassDew’s cybersecurity audit services have helped many organizations to identify the weakness in the process or technical control implementations. Recommended fixes by GrassDew, protect companies from cybercriminals. Vulnerability Assessment Penetration Testing (VAPT) for websites, web applications, APIs, mobile applications, network devices, endpoints, etc. is one of the key services GrassDew provides. Along with the same, Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (V-CISO) is designed for the increased demand by various clients, where the GrassDew team takes roles and responsibilities of the security operations and related areas. Through Static Application Security Testing (SAST) service, security flaws in the software’s source code are being reported to the client.

Customized Software Development As Service:

GrassDew has developed customized enterprise applications for e-learning, banking, manufacturing, loan processing, etc. It has a team specialized in Microsoft .Net and related programming technologies. Focused on the SME segment, the team has developed a software product “Human Resource Management System (named oHRMS)” which can help enterprises manage employees’ journey from joining the company till the last working day. Payroll, expense module, leave management, employee performance management and many such process automation make this product worth it for the enterprises.

Channel Partner of TATA Tele Business Services (TTBS):

GrassDew is PAN India Channel partner and Certified Solution partner of Tata Tele Business Services Ltd (TTBS). Smartflo (Cloud Telephony), Internet Leased Line (ILL), Primary Rate Interface (PRI), Leased Line Point to Point (P2P), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), L2 Multicast, Hub Connect,  Interactive Voice Response (IVR), GPS based Asset/Fleet/Workforce Management or School Bus Tracking are the few of the leading services provided through the partnership. Zoom conference licensing, Microsoft Office 365 licensing, TrendMicro endpoint protection, and various other security solutions make customers get everything at one stop. For benefit of the SME segment, TTBS provides Smart Office. It is one box having SLA Backed Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunk, dedicated bandwidth for high-speed internet connectivity. Along with a few other benefits, it also has inbuilt Wi-Fi, Firewall, Router, and DHCP Server.

Contribution as an Author:

For sharing successful team leadership skills, Shekhar wrote a book which got launched in January 2020 at SJMSOM, IIT-Bombay. Every team consists of KEY performers, who bring glory, as well as negative VIRUSES, who contribute to the poisonous pollution at the workplace. Just like dry air has ten types of gas components, each with distinctive characteristics, every team has different types of teammates with unique characteristics. Want to identify the Nitrogen (N2), Oxygen (O2), Argon (Ar), Hydrogen (H2), Methane (CH4), Krypton (Kr), Helium (He), Neon (Ne), Xenon (Xe), and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) within your team? Check out the Air Team Theory! The Air Team Theory compares the characteristics of each teammate type to the characteristics of each gas. It shares scenarios, conversations, and behavior patterns of different teammate types. This book also shares the best practices and experiences to effectively lead all the ten types of teammates as one team.

This book is for you if you are either a team member or a manager or a director or from top management or an entrepreneur or a leader working with any type or size of the team. Most of you will see yourself and even your teammates in at least one of the teammate types explained in this book. The book will make you smile and even bring different emotions to your face as you recall bitter and sweet instances that have happened at your office. It provides useful recommendations and proven solutions for any leader to increase the productivity of any team using simple tips and techniques.

Shekhar shared his cybersecurity knowledge by writing many different articles in leading magazines and other international portals. Apart from this, Shekhar’s research in cybersecurity is going to be published in the coming time in leading international books or journals. His entrepreneurship interviews are popular among many.

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