Ben grew up in Thailand and lived there for 21 years. Ben explained, “During that time, my family would travel back to the US during summer vacation every 2-4 years. I decided to move to the US in 2011 to pursue a college degree.”
Ben spent a semester at Minnesota Community and Technical College in Minneapolis before he decided to move to Madison, South Dakota and enroll at Dakota State University. At DSU, he majored in Computer and Network Security with a specialization in Information Assurance. Currently, Ben is working on pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Assurance at DSU.
Before coming to BIT, Ben worked as a Technology Engineer at Fishback Financial Corporation (also known as First Bank & Trust) and HealthPOINT as a network pen-tester. Now that Ben is here, he is looking forward to learning more about computer security and applying his existing knowledge to help improve cyber security for the State of South Dakota.
Ben explained, “Although I work with technology every day, I have a deep appreciation for the Arts. My hobbies are actually just whatever I feel like is fun at the time.” During his free time, he enjoys creating music and jamming with friends, photography, and watching movies and TV shows.
Welcome to BIT, Ben! We are excited to have you!