Employee Spotlight: Anthony Stephens, Advanced Security Analyst

Next up in Ostra’s Employee Spotlight series is Anthony Stephens, Advanced Security Analyst. We recently sat down with him to discuss his role at Ostra, what makes him tick, his experience and his life outside of work.

Career & Life at Ostra

Describe what you do at Ostra in one sentence.

I oversee the Security Operations Center here at Ostra by providing insight and analysis of all logs to protect our customers.

What initially interested you about Ostra Cybersecurity in the first place? What about our mission do you connect with?

The mindset and passion of the team is what initially interested me about Ostra. Right from the start I could tell they cared about protecting their customers and providing the best security solutions. 

What do you believe is the best thing about Ostra or the Ostra team?

The best thing about Ostra is the team’s passion, everyone truly takes security to heart and are passionate about protecting our customers.

What’s the first thing that you do when you start working every day?

I start each day by reading news articles and catching up on security research blogs and twitter feeds.

What do you find most challenging about your role at Ostra?

Knowing we must strive to succeed 100% of the time against adversaries, but threats only have to succeed one time.

What advice would you offer someone looking to take on a role similar to yours?

To keep asking questions, reading and learning. Take steps back and look at each situation through the eyes of your adversaries and find choke points within the environments.

OK, now for some fun questions

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Sitting on a server room floor within the hot aisle

If Ostra announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day?

I would spend the day with my family.

Three words to best describe you.

Husband, Father, and geek.

What’s your motto or personal mantra?

I will get it done when everyone else is asleep

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