Richard's passion for computers started in middle school, furthering his education and leading him to his career in technology. He started with tech support in college which instilled in him a customer-focused approach to information security. From there, he progressed to systems and network administration, and eventually information security in a variety of tech start-ups, academia, and large federal organizations.
For Richard, security is just a natural extension to creating reliable systems and networks that the organizations relied upon. Richard has a BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University, has taken many SANS courses over the years, and continues to seek out new data, methods, and research on information security risk management.