Me and my job: Thomas Fischer principal threat researcher, Digital Guardian
Me and my job: Thomas Fischer principal threat researcher, Digital Guardian

How do you describe your job to average people? 

I'm responsible for looking at how bad guys try to get into your electronic devices or computer systems, and finding impactful solutions.

Why did you get into IT security?

IT security brings with it significant challenges and responsibilities each day. We're called on to build secure, hack-proof environments needed to protect company reputations and ensure business success. 

What was one of your biggest challenges?

Trying to stay up-to-date with the changes in technology, and how they impact IT security. Every new device, update to an operating system, and general proliferation of BYOD brings with it a new opportunity for a breach. 

What keeps you up at night?

I'm always thinking about trying to find the solution to the latest threat or attack. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and user behavior continues to be relatively lax – with many businesses continuing to allow employees to access personal cloud storage drives, or use USB drives or personal cell phone devices.  

What makes you most proud? 

I'm proud of participating in the IT security community, even while not on the job. I am a member of cybersecurity awareness organizations constantly working to improve the industry and raise end-user awareness.

How would you use a magic IT security wand?

I would predict the next big massive cyberattack and stop it. With this power, we'd be able to protect all industries that carry sensitive business data. I'd also fix all end user behaviors, including using complex passwords, implementing secure technology, and not falling for even the most targeted spearphishing email. With my wand in hand, there would be no careless or clueless errors leading to a breach.