by Fuel HQ
The Fuel Original Member Spotlight is a regular series on the Fuel for Thought blog, highlighting inaugural members of Fuel who joined the community in 2015. Each spotlight sheds light on a Fuel member’s background, industry experience, and shares some little-known facts and interesting member stories.
Ian Anderson, IT Security Manager for the City of Oklahoma City, has worked in cybersecurity for 5 years, with Palo Alto Networks technologies for 3 years and he has a GSLC certification. Learn more about Ian and why he follows Taylor Swift on Twitter.Are you a morning person or night owl?
The older I get the more of a morning person I become.
Piece of technology you can’t live without?
Smartphone, it’s not even close.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies & Cream
Preferred social media platform? Can we find you there?
What was your first job? Cleaning out dead crickets and wiping decommissioned servers at the computer forensic lab at my local university. It was more about the people I was around than job itself, and I learned what I loved to do.
What is your go-to news outlet that you read, watch, and/or listen to for industry news?
You can’t go wrong with KrebsOnSecurity.com. Paul Asadoorian’s podcast, Paul’s Security Weekly, is also great. I always start my day with the SANS Internet Storm Center Daily podcast, a quick 5-minute podcast covering events at the SANS Internet Storm Center. One of my new favorite infosec sources is @SwiftOnSecurity. Did you know Taylor Swift is a cybersecurity professional? Me neither!
Trend in cybersecurity that excites you most?
Mobile. Look at all the things your smartphone does for you now. The smartphone manages nearly all of your communications (texts, emails, social media), and now it’s starting to get into biometrics, health, and payments. This is a huge opportunity for people to simplify all the various hooks they have, however when we lose our technological diversity, we increase our risk. It’s going to be fun to see what comes next.
What’s your “How I saved the day” story?
Recently the City of Oklahoma City’s website experienced a DDoS attack. For municipalities this is just part of the game. Our “saved the day” moment happened when we made it through to the other side, and helped our friends, partners, suburbs, and corporate partners become stronger by sharing this information. We play the same security game as everyone else in the world, and in Oklahoma City we are building a community of security-minded professionals to share experiences with and create opportunities for outreach. This is why Fuel is important to us. Fuel is about being able to connect with others in a meaningful way to collectively become stronger.
Favorite part about being a Fuel member?
My favorite part is, of course, getting to connect with people that care as much about security as we do.
What do you hope to get out of Fuel?
The next vulnerability, exploit, or attack could be thwarted by information learned from a Fuel member. There is an incredible depth of knowledge all around us. What we have yet to figure out is how to tie us all together, and I hope Fuel helps us get closer to that goal
Any predictions for Fuel’s future?
Fuel will be as strong as its community’s commitment to collaboration and security.