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.
Tony Savage, a Network Administrator at Batteries Plus Bulbs, LLC in Milwaukee Wisconsin, has been working in cybersecurity for the past three years. During that time, his company converted its corporate locations to Palo Alto Networks, and he currently serves as the lead for all of them. He holds a WatchGuard firewall certification and is working toward his F5 and Palo Alto Networks CNSE. Read on to learn more about this avid Redditor and how he stays up to date on cybersecurity tech.
Are you a morning person or night owl?
I am a night owl through and through. This is perfect for my job as most changes to the network have to occur afterhours. Since we now have stores in Hawaii, we are forced to perform our changes later and later. I feel I can also get the most work done at night and that is when I am most focused.
Piece of technology you can’t live without?
Smart phone. My whole life revolves around this thing. My calendar, contacts, email, documents, pictures, money. It’s funny when you think back to before the smartphone and try to comprehend how we got along without it.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream. Just went out with the wife last night and got an Oreo shake at the ice cream place down the road, actually. The puppy gets a small cup of whipped cream too!
Preferred social media platform?
Reddit or Facebook: Facebook for the ability to keep track of friends you don’t talk to that often, and Reddit for its knowledge. The more technical subreddits are treasure troves of information and education for someone in the IT field.
What was your first job?
Honeydip Donuts. Aside from what I am doing right now, this was actually my favorite job I have ever had. All the free soda and donuts you can eat for a 14 year old was heaven.
What is your go-to news outlet that you read, watch, and/or listen to for industry news?
Reddit. I don’t have a go-to really but I am heavily involved in much of the tech related subreddits on that site. Networking, Sysadmin, Python, LearnPython, and CCNA are some of the ones I frequent.
Trend in cybersecurity that excites you most?
Traps. I feel this is going to be the new wave of how we deal with vulnerabilities. I was at a Fuel chapter meeting about malware and was shocked at how easily it is to create malware that is undetectable by more conventional antivirus programs. Also, it may even make developers become more aware of what their programs do and cause them to take the extra time to follow new guidelines and best practices that don’t trigger something like Traps from flagging them. I don’t know if this will happen, but one can wish.
What do you hope to get out of Fuel?
I want to gain further knowledge about the product. I am a huge supporter of this technology and am always looking for new ideas, new implementations, and new tricks to improve my security. I have already received great feedback for a new setup I want to implement and the other Fuel members helped me to refine it. I also want to get the Milwaukee/Wisconsin Chapter going stronger and start more informal meet-ups where we can network and discuss the industry.