Since the time I was old enough to reach a keyboard, I have had a passion for technology, information security, and connectivity. Knowing at a young age that this would change the world around us in how we communicate, do business, and live. However, I could not have predicted how much of an impact it would have on my personal and professional life. I have spent the greater part of my 20’s and early 30’s furthering my career; over the past 17 years, I have worked with managed service providers and consulting groups of all sizes serving organizations primarily in the financial, medical, local government, and manufacturing sectors.
I have lived in most states in the Southeast US, but I have found a home in Chattanooga with Conversant Group. Now married with high school age children, I find myself spending most of my personal time with family and friends, enjoying gaming and VR, and tinkering with technology.
My background includes strong networking, infrastructure, virtualization, and storage administration and implementation. However, my primary focus at Conversant Group is perimeter & endpoint security, network monitoring & automation, network access control & 802.1x, and security incident response & remediation. As Network Security Engineer, I find myself building the defenses of our client’s networks in an ever-changing global security climate. I personally enjoy helping our clients strengthen their security posture against ever-changing security threats. I serve our clients by providing secure perimeter access for their employees and vendors to critical system resources, regardless of where they may be in the world, through redundant SD-WAN connectivity, site to site encrypted tunnels, and SSLVPN access.
I hold the NSE certification with Fortinet and work mostly with Fortinet, Cisco, and other firewall & network solutions.