A computer systems engineer with advanced degrees in both digital security and psychology, Ginger Commander watched the internet grow up. As her career started, the “information superhighway” was changing from its origins as a close academic connection pool, into a hotbed of emerging business. eCommerce began to boom, and she was on the edge of it, securing some of the first first online shopping carts for small businesses. The internet matured, and she took her security skills to the Department of Defense, where she developed tools, testing strategies, and security techniques for the Army. She made her latest move to the financial sector in 2012.
Today, Ginger Commander builds some of the systems that sit on the leading edge of banking and telecommunications. Commended for her defense work by Army brass, and an active participant in decades of digital security evolution, Ginger is a key contributor to Rick Mann’s cyber-safety campaign, “Think Before You Click.” She is a published author, and “she writes voraciously.” For fun, she enjoys writing in almost every genre, from cyber-punk to poetry to fairy tales. However, the focus of her professional writing is always on technology. In particular: Technology, and the human.
Ginger has advised technical users across multiple sectors, from K-12 education to military testing. As a working mother of two, she also knows the balancing act of parenthood, and takes child safety to heart. She points out that, whether in the office or at home, security is almost always under the user’s control. This is why, she says, that she writes for the user first. Tweaking the computer might help in a crisis, but an ounce of prevention is usually worth a pound of code.
It is Ginger’s sincere hope that, by raising awareness of online risks, she can help families to help themselves. Look to her blog posts for simple, behavioral changes that every person can make, to better manage the wilds of cyberspace.