Employee Spotlight February 2017

Bryan Edwards

Security Associate

This assessor of risk for Enterprise Security can be found arming clients with actionable information about new technology offerings. He’s a Food Science major and strength training buff that stumbled into the world of IT. He digs the work-life balance and educational opportunities provided by the university, as well as having the chance to work with such great people.

Q: What is your role at the university? I work for Enterprise Security in the department of Governance and Risk Management. I perform risk assessments on third-party applications. When approached with a new system/application solution, my team's goal is to bring attention to any notable risks, vulnerabilities or flaws using the solution would create, and then we make recommendations on how the solution can be implemented in the safest way to best minimize the risks and reduce any resulting damage.

In English, when somone wants to use a new technology, we try to point out all the potential holes in it, explain the possible impacts of said holes and give advice on how to handle those holes, if possible. The goal being, when that person brings that new technology to the decision makers, they can make an informed decision on if and how they want to proceed.

Q. How did you career path bring you to work for us? I was a student employee in what is now referred to as the Security Operations team until my senior year of undergrad. I left prior to graduation due to a few health and family issues at the time and picked up a retail IT job to pay the bills. A few odd jobs later, I was a full blown consultant. After my last gig, I was in a stable enough position where I wanted to go back and finish my degree, and fortunately enough, I was able to get hired on by the OCIO IT Service Desk. I was able to move up through the ranks and now here I am. The rest is history.

Q. What do you do for fun outside of work? You can't tell, but I'm into strength training. Sometimes I lift with a guy who is a competitive power lifter, so... by the transitive property, I guess you could say I'm training to be a power lifter??? That's how that works, right? Haha

Q. On what project are you currently working? That's classified. B-}

Q. Why did you choose to work at Ohio State? OSU seems to be the most accommodating in terms of pursuing higher education while working full time. Even then the work-life balance is great and I continually work with good people.

Q. What kinds of things are you passionate about outside of work? I'm trying to get as much traveling in as I can while young and single. I'm into sports, mainly football and basketball, and I dabble in video games when I have the time.

Q. What is the one thing that your co-workers would be surprised to learn about you? Despite the eight years of IT experience (and the amount of fast food I indulge in), my major is actually Food Science & Engineering. My diet isn't totally based on just Bro-Science, there actually are trace amounts of Biology and Chemistry behind my logic.