Ryan is a Senior Security Engineer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. He has 10 years of experience at ORNL and currently coordinates incident detection, security system deployment, security policy development, and supercomputing security architecture. His background in Linux Systems Administration at scale helps him understand the nuances of system complexity that is often made worse by sub-optimal security mandates. Overall, ryan enjoys tackling technical challenges and tries to find creative ways to safely enable research when OLCF security policy chafes against the OLCF research mission.
He is currently interested in understanding how to secure cloud compute platforms such as Kubernetes and OpenShift to an enterprise standard. He also develops and maintains an open source, PIV compliant, secure password management and distribution tool called pkpass. Additionally, Ryan is one of the primary proponents of a message based log aggregation platform to help OLCF collect instrumented system data and deliver it to consumers that can influence decision making, reporting, and security policy.
He holds a masters degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee and is attending school to obtain a PhD in Data Science and Engineering from the UTK Bredesen Center. He is a certified GIAC Exploit Researcher And Advanced Penetration Tester and has taught several computer hardware and Linux systems administration courses at Pellissippi State Community College as an adjunct faculty member.