Systems Project Manager Ryan Kalcich has spent all 11 years of his time at Kohler in one department—but he’s no one-trick pony.
Within IT Security, he’s held a wide variety of positions: endpoint security/AV for computers and servers, managing email and web filters, SAP security, and more. Currently he manages associates with highly technical roles in our Security Operations Center, and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds.
“My team and I monitor security events to prevent, detect, analyze and respond to cyber security incidents. I start and finish my day with a handoff meeting from team members overseas discussing security events outside of my working hours,” explained Ryan. We define security events as any moment that may put our computer systems at risk. “The rest of my daily routine is supporting my team to ensure we are staying on top of current security threats, testing and correcting the network for vulnerabilities, and developing processes for prevention and reaction automation.”
Seem complicated? It is, but it’s crucial to protect the loss of intellectual, associate, vendor and customer information from computer threats.
“My proudest moments at work are when we block newly discovered vulnerabilities, catch an attacker trying to get into our systems or review how many attempts are made to breach the Kohler network on a daily basis, and knowing my work prevented that.”