Ernie Souhrada

Database Engineer and Bit Wrangler, Pinterest

Ernie is a member of the triumvirate of data services engineers at Pinterest, where his current focus is on improving the performance and operational efficiency of a petabyte-scale MySQL deployment. In his past lives, Ernie has worked in almost every aspect of information technology, from network engineering to software development, with his most recent previous engagement being a Senior Architect with Percona. Current areas of interest include artificial intelligence, data analytics, and neuroscience. He holds a BS in mathematics and a BA in political science from Arizona State University.


Unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data can translate into anything from a black eye in the press to millions of dollars in fines, lost revenue, and damage control, but far too often, database security is something of an afterthought. Too many people are content to firewall their database server from the Internet and, believing that the perimeter is secure, ignore some very real... [read more]