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You have heard the saying that a company is only as good as its employees. We believe this which is why we focus on hiring the best and brightest talent available in our industry. We want you to get to know our amazing employees like we do so you can see what makes Gray Analytics so special.

Today we want to introduce you to Mike Anderton.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: I am 34 years old. Originally from Tacoma/Seattle Washington. After college I enlisted in the Air Force where I got my start in IT as a Web Applications developer. After 4.5 years on active duty I entered the private sector where I developed desktop analytics tools for USAFRICOM in Stuttgart Germany. I got married in 2017 to my wife Ashley who is a Item Manager/Team Lead for the Apache Program on Redstone Arsenal. We have 5 animals (3 dogs, 2 cats). 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I play trivia at Rocket Republic most Wednesdays with a group of friends. I am an avid football fan (college and professional) as well as a huge soccer fan. I like to play golf and foot golf as much as I can, but mostly I enjoy binging TV shows.

Q: What kind of expertise do you bring to Gray Analytics?

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A: I have certifications in Network+, Security+, OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) and degrees in MS Cyber Security – Management (Graduation 2019), BA Marketing (Washington State University), A.A.S Applied Computer Science (Community College of the Air Force).

Q: What is a talent that you have?

A: I played golf competitively in high school and though I don’t play much anymore, I still carry a close to scratch handicap.

Q: What was the best concert you ever attended?

A: It was actually unplanned but while in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015 I got tickets to see the Foo Fighters, which happens to be my favorite band. The next day I got on the train to return to Germany. While on the train I found out they were playing in Cologne, Germany then next day. Cologne was on my way to Stuttgart so I jumped off the train and got tickets.

Q: What’s the best vacation you have ever taken?

A: It not a vacation but more of a series of day trips I took while overseas. I got to go snowboarding in the Alps in 3 different countries…Switzerland, Austria, Germany.

Q: What’s your best advice for someone related to cybersecurity?

A: You never know how important a backup is until you need one so perform regular backups.