Ernie Souhrada

Bit Wrangler, Database Engineer, REDACTED

Ernie is currently a database engineer at **REDACTED**, bringing many years of diverse experience as a systems architect and engineer in both independent consulting and standard-employee roles. He has worked in almost every technology role present in the Internet era, from Perl/Java developer to Linux sysadmin, MySQL DBA to Cisco network engineer, security auditor to IT engineering manager. In his previous lives, Ernie was most recently a Senior Architect with Percona, designing and building scalable solutions for MySQL users in a wide variety of industries, and prior to that spent his days working heavily with deployment automation and designing infrastructure stacks driven by some of today's leading virtualization platforms. 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]