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Fortify Employee Spotlight: Hanging Out with Hans Enders

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Our monthly Fortify Employee Spotlight gives us the opportunity to introduce some members of the Fortify team to you. This month, we are highlighting Hans Enders (CISSP, CISM). Hans is a web application security specialist with a background as a Security and Network Administrator. He’s very effective at managing multiple sources of information and mining such data for new solutions.

Fortify Employee Spotlight Hanging Out with Hans Enders.pngA capable professional possessing extensive technical knowledge, he’s frequently tagged as "the guru" or an "Information Amplifier" due to his heavy customer-focus and documentation focus. We’re happy to have him here at Fortify working as a Presales Consultant. It’s my pleasure to introduce Hans Enders.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Raleigh, North Carolina, with some toddler years spent out West and in Argentina, plus a little bit of school in Seville, Spain.

Q: How did you come get into application security?

A: I was having challenges finding work with my engineering degree, and I gravitated to the new computer world. I started in IT Support, completed most of the CNE certification, played on BBS’s, and joined 2600 meetings in order to learn practical things more quickly and to surround myself with technology. I found computer security funny.

Hans Enders.jpgQ: What do you do at Fortify?

A: I work in Presales and had been in Tech Enablement, but mostly I seem to be the Knowledge Broker for Presales, helping remember where all the bodies are buried and how to unearth them when they are needed. This is a vital skill for continuity and sanity in the corporate world of mergers and acquisitions.

Q: What motivates you when you start work every morning?

A: I enjoy the “puzzle” posed by working with new clients, identifying their needs, and formulating a great solution for them given those goals. And the fact that fixed security flaws actually can help the world around us.

Q: What about security keeps you awake at night?

A: All software is Beta, and the sins of the past were never fixed and always come back around. I have also seen behind the façade of too many reputable companies who are not security testing their code.

Q: What’s the most interesting trend you’re seeing in our industry?

A: The saddest is the move to jump away from using real machines and VMs and into Containers. It is all so new and exciting and better, and I suspect we will discover it has all the same old problems, and then some. The coolest trends are some of the blends of automated functional testing with code testing with security testing all-in-one.

Q: What’s the most interesting trend you’re seeing in our industry?

A: Shifting the responsibility of having application security in place for developers (Shift Everywhere), security on infrastructure as a code and containers.

Q: What do you feel makes Fortify’s culture so special?

A: The people are very supportive and friendly. No one answers the phone with a demand for “what?” I think it comes with working with software, where it can be flexible over time and you learn to take change in stride. We have learned there is no stupid question, and we are constantly learning and improving ourselves.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents?

A: I am really good at identifying the purpose or source of things, like a random widget found by a roadside or left somewhere. It’s a weird habit.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: “I’m not tired, or proud”, from an Arlo Guthrie song. Because being egotistical or impatient is no way to move forward as a person, or to find satisfaction. Perfection is so tired.

Q: If you could do another job for a day, what would you do?

A: Massive gardening, such as at an arboretum or palace. I would love to simply dig the earth, lay plans, and see the space blossom and flourish throughout the seasons, and have visitors. It’s also fun to forage through the grounds on an idyllic afternoon. I suppose being reincarnated as a garden cat would be too much to ask for.

Q: What are your top 5 songs?

A: I enjoy so, so many genres, but “Fever” by the Black Keys is a great tune for road cycling.

Q: What’s your favorite meal?

A: Nuts and seeds are my go-to snack

Q: What’s your dream vacation?

A: A months-long visit to India and really extensive visits to parts of Southeast Asia and Australia would be fascinating. I have been to the area on three business trips, but I would definitely want family to come along this time.

Q: What is the best concert you ever attended?

A: Lollapalooza 1991, although following the Grateful Dead through New York one summer and to Atlanta another time were also exceptional experiences.

Q: If you had a motto, what would it be?

A: What one man can do, another man can do. (Albeit more slowly and with less skill, but it can be done.)

Q: What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

A: Go all out, volunteer first, ask for what you want, don’t accept bad treatment from anyone.

Rapid fire questions:
Q: Beach or mountain lake vacation? – Beach/boating
Q: Sunrise or Sunset? - Sunset
Q: Audio or video conferences? - Video
Q: Apple or Android? - Android
Q: Time travel to the future or the past? - Future
Q: Coffee or tea? - Coffee
Q: Sweet or salty? - Salty
Q: Guitar or drums – Wish it were both, but drums


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