About Me

Hi! I am Susam Pal. This page provides a brief introduction about me.

Work

I am a security software developer. Here is a brief summary of my professional experience.

Duration Organization Title Role
Since 2017 Walmart Labs Staff Engineer Information Security Development
2016–2017 Oracle Principal Engineer Database Security Development
2008–2015 RSA Principal Engineer RSA NetWitness Development
2005–2008 Infosys Technical Specialist Finacle e-Banking Cryptography

Hobby

I have a keen interest in free and open source software. I have been a contributor of security features to Apache Nutch, an open source search engine.

I also develop and maintain a few open source projects of my own at GitHub.

When not involved with technology, I like reading books, playing the piano, and travelling.

Online Presence

I am usually online as spal (my nick) on Freenode IRC. I hang out at various channels like #lisp, #python, #debian, ##math, ##algorithms, ##security, etc. After connecting to the network, enter /query spal to talk to me.

Name

I have been told many times that my name, "Susam", is a little unusual which makes it difficult for others to figure how to pronounce it. It is pronounced almost like the English words "sue sum". Here's the IPA pronunciation of my name: /suː'sʌm/. However you may call my name however you find most natural, convenient, or intuitive. I do not mind mispronunciations of my name at all whatsoever.

I am also often asked if my name has any meaning. My parents say it is a fusion of two words "su" and "sam". In many Indian languages, "su" means good and "sam" means even, so my name is supposed to mean good and even.