Ben's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Cybersecurity

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New Orleans, LA

BEN BROWN

Security Intelligence Response Engineer II

“I was able to get into a position where I can make a big difference and impact on people’s digital lives.”

INTERESTS:

Education Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Passion Experience Success Goals Education Values Choices Family

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

balance, education, enjoyment, experience, focus, goals, having fun, improvement, internet, job, learning, passion, peace, planning, qualifications, self analysis, side job, success, teaching, technology

BIOGRAPHY:

  • In college, his passion was learning about people, their world views, and the human condition.
  • While he was studying anthropology and international relations, he worked a few IT jobs on the side.
  • But as he started to make progress on his IT jobs, he hit a glass ceiling: people started asking him to list his degrees, and were discouraged by the fact that he’d never finished high school.
  • After he went back to school and completed an adult education program to earn his high school degree, a friend invited him to check out Akamai Technologies.
  • He realized that the company’s goals were to make the internet a safer and more secure place for everyone, which really struck a chord with the anthropology side of his interests.
  • Says that as more and more of our lives are brought online—from our clothing to our toasters—we have more vulnerable spots where we can be attacked by cybercriminals.
  • The thing about his job that really lights him up is being able to teach others how to best protect themselves online.
  • For him, success isn’t “the numbers in your bank account—it’s the sense of being at peace and having fun at what you’re doing.”

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