Get to Know CyberGRX: Meet Kevin Ford

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Meet Kevin, Senior Cyber Risk Assessor

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Baltimore and spent my teenage years in southern Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.

What brought you to CyberGRX?

I think that third party risk is one of the most important issues in cybersecurity.  I also loved the advanced analytics CyberGRX is developing. I think big data and artificial intelligence are our best bet for creating agile security programs that can address the overwhelming number of risks in cyberspace.

What do you do at CyberGRX/what’s your typical day like?

During the day, I serve as quality control and administrator for the Assessment Team.  I track and review assessments throughout the lifecycle to ensure that the assessments are progressing as required and that the evidence our customers provide is correctly assessed.  In the evenings, I often conduct an assessment or two myself.  I, like many others, am also actively involved in improving our product’s content as well as the assessment methods we use.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

I would reassure myself that it is okay to have multiple interests, and you don’t need to start specializing in high school, or even college.  I think I found a great career, but I took a winding path to get here.  Past experiences include teaching and maritime history.  None of those stuck, but they were great experiences.  I feel enriched, and I have no regrets about missing out on something that may have interested me.

What’s your favorite thing about Denver?

Cycling.  I love that I can get on my bike from the front door, spend a day in the mountains, and return to my front door without needing a car. It’s also great to see pros out working the same climbs I am (only way faster).

What’s your hidden super power? 

I’d like to think it is critical thinking.  One of my degrees is in Analytical Philosophy (logic).  I believe that the mind can be trained, and that there are definitely learned methods for coming to correct conclusions.  We accept this in computer science, and our brains are just fancy computers.

More realistically, it is probably something more mundane like knot tying.  Did you know there is a generally accepted right and wrong way to tie your shoelaces?

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