Rin, welcome to Gemini Data as our new Director of Data Science Analytics. You bring a wide variety of experience to us.Could you tell me a little about your background and why you decided to join Gemini Data?
We’ve had advances in scalably collecting data and in detection of anomalous activities, but at the end of the day an analyst must still comb through the raw data to determine attacker intent or the root cause of a disruption. With AI and machine learning available to developers, we can begin to address analytical inefficiencies that will help threat hunters and analysts recognize problems more quickly. I bring 15 years of working security issues across UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems along with the applications they run on. I decided to join Gemini Data because I believe in the opportunity space Data Science brings to our product stack and the Customers that see its value.
You were previously with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and then MicroFocus through acquisition. Can you tell me about some trends your seeing in the industry?
Most recently I was the Managing Lead over HPE’s Hunt Operations Research & Development team. I oversaw the personal development of those on my team, while overseeing the development of machine learning use cases for identifying malicious patterns and behaviors. HPE, now Micro Focus, as do many companies of today, believe that machine learning can help bridge the gap to help find threats faster in a sea of growing data. I also managed the Security Operations Center (SOC) for several Government agencies while at HPE. Prior to that, I spent 5 1/2 years at Microsoft as a Sr. Security Architect, Sr. Security Analyst, and Sr. Security Engineer building, integrating, and architecting Security solutions for Xbox, & Microsoft Gaming before merging into the larger Windows Devices Group Organization (WDG) where I was introduced to ML. This is where I partnered with our Data Scientists and Data Science Developers to craft some of the first ever ML Uses cases introduced into our Security Operations.
During my time at Microsoft, I became well known across the industry for my work with Windows Event Forwarding (WEF), helping to implement WEF across the WDG business units as well as companies outside of Microsoft. I have a passion for data and found that the industry struggled to ingest and analyze Windows events at scale to identify Security related threats within the Windows OS and running applications. I started my career as a Linux system administrator and was later given the opportunity to grow as a performance engineer / kernel developer, alongside Jamie Gritton who helped to mentor me in developing and contributing to Mod-L and Mod-R which were then contributed to the RedHat and the Open Source Communities. I believe in the pay-it-forward method. I have been blessed in my career and it’s my hope to return the favor while at Gemini Data.
What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I look forward to applying Data Science to our product stack in new and creative ways. I am excited about the opportunity space we have in this market to help lead the industry. And I am excited to be working with an incredible team of individuals that share the same passion and drive!
What are you passionate about outside of Gemini Data?
I’ve been married to my sweetheart Aimee for 15yrs. We have 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys ranging in years from 14 to 4. They tend to keep things interesting and exciting. We do a lot of long bike rides and we all love Legos. I’ve been a collector of Legos since I was six years old. One of my greatest passions is charity work. Every year I play the role of Santa bringing smiles to children and adults I meet.