Title: System Administrator & Security Analyst
Division: Chief Administrative & Systems Office
Areas of Responsibility: Incident Response, IT Infrastructure, Business Continuity
Years in Advanced Technology: 17
Best Known For: Attention to detail
Ryan began his career in the United States Navy as an electronics technician, working on state of the art communications and navigation equipment located throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans. After serving for six years, Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems while working as an engineering technician responsible for quality control, technical documentation, and automated computer-based testing of products. Ryan then moved on to a small start-up, performing system administrator duties and supporting FireWire video surveillance equipment for physical security. He joined Internet2 in July, 2011, and is responsible for internal IT systems, security, incident response, business continuity, and support for Internet2 staff and events. While at Internet2, Ryan earned his Master’s degree in Information Assurance, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Penetration Testing Consultant (CPTC).
How did you get involved in the field of advanced networking/technology?
My involvement started shortly after I enlisted in the military. As an electronics technician, I got to see first hand how state-of-the-art digital communications and navigation systems work. I slowly worked my way into systems administration and security and picked up knowledge from people who were willing to take the time to teach me along the way.
Where do you see the future of your field headed?
I see the future of systems administration continuing the trend toward cloud environments, and high-speed networking is pushing this trend right along.
I think the future of security will be automated tools and analysis. The ability to gather large quantities of detailed logs and feeding all the data through an analytics engine for analysis is a great advantage. Software is getting better and better at performing these operations.
What is your favorite part of being a System Administrator & Security Analyst?
I like looking at the big picture and figuring out just how a requested service can fit into the ecosystem and securely fulfill its requirements. Having the ability to manage a service from inception to sunset proves to be an intellectually stimulating challenge.