Fighting Cyber Criminals with his MBA Headshot

Ritesh Kotak

MBA 2017

National Cybercrime Advisor, Cyber-Tech Analyst and Media Contributor

Prior to his MBA, Ritesh worked for law enforcement in Canada on developing technologies and processes to catch cyber criminals. He co-developed the first cybercrimes unit for a municipal police service and presented his work globally from the FBI National Executive Institute, the World Internet Conference in China, and other major international forums.

Throughout his travel and work, he saw that there was a major gap in truly understanding the business principles around building systems to detect and prevent threats. This went beyond information technology, to greater knowledge around communications, human resources, and finance, all of which are required to strategically lead the next era on the fight against cybercriminals within the fourth Industrial Revolution. He therefore decided to take time out to study for the MBA.

"The MBA provided me with the opportunity to learn about critical issues from different and diverse perspectives. With fellow classmates from several countries, sectors, and cultures, I gained a greater awareness, diversity of thought, and an integral global network, which has assisted me in growing both professionally and personally."

Since graduating, Ritesh has built a personal consulting company which focuses on advising a wide array of clients from public safety institutions and financial organisations to global tech firms.

Ritesh is also a frequent contributor to national mainstream media outlets providing analysis on cyber and tech stories. He continues to advocate for diversity in tech, governing against bias in algorithms, and technology assisted accessibility. He is also currently working on a book which explores tech trends and society from a futurist approach.

Understanding how to navigate through the digital wave, which is constantly evolving, has been essential for me in being competitive.