23 Questions: Randall Osborne

23 Questions: Randall Osborne


>>Allison Hirth, Reporting: ALRIGHT, EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW THIS: DO WE NEED TO BE EJECTING THOSE USB DRIVES BEFORE WE PULL THEM OUT OF OUR COMPUTERS?>>Randall Osborne, Senior Director, IT Security: I never do but you probably should.>>Allison Hirth: OKAY, WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORK DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?>>Randall Osborne: I go to a lot of meetings, review a lot of documents and occasionally, I get to hunt for attackers.>>Allison Hirth: IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN. TELL US WHAT YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY IS?>>Randall Osborne: Probably Reese’s peanut butter cups.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL TRANSFORM THE FUTURE?>>Randall Osborne: I want to say something cool like flying cars or something like that but it’s probably going to be large-scale data analytics.>>Allison Hirth: HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT TEXAS TECH?>>Randall Osborne: 23 years.>>Allison Hirth: AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LUBBOCK?>>Randall Osborne: About 25 years.>>Allison Hirth: WOULD YOU RATHER SKYDIVE OR SCUBA DIVE?>>Randall Osborne: Scuba dive.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON QUESTION YOU GET AT WORK?>>Randall Osborne: Can you review these documents or contracts for me?>>Allison Hirth: MAC OR PC?>>Randall Osborne: Mac at home (and) PC at work.>>Allison Hirth: WHERE IS IT YOU WOULD SAY YOU’RE THE HAPPIEST?>>Randall Osborne: When I’m with my wife or three-year-old daughter.>>Allison Hirth: AS STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF HERE, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WE COULD DO THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER?>>Randall Osborne: Yes. You can click on the box that asks if you want to update your system. Click yes. Save your work. Go get coffee. Go down the hall and talk to Jenny. You’re going to do it anyway, you might as well update your system while you’re at it.>>Allison Hirth: TELL ME THE THREE WORDS YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOU.>>Randall Osborne: Loyal, funny and smart.>>Allison Hirth: HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE BE CHANGING OUR PASSWORDS ON VARIOUS WEBSITES?>>Randall Osborne: Only when they’re compromised.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT SONG ALWAYS PUTS YOU IN A GOOD MOOD?>>Randall Osborne: Anything by Jamiroquai or Daft Punk.>>Allison Hirth: FRUITS OR VEGGIES?>>Randall Osborne: Meat.>>Allison Hirth: IF YOU WERE INVISIBLE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?>>Randall Osborne: I would probably go to Area 51. I want to see what goes on there.>>Allison Hirth: IS THERE A QUOTE OR A PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU LIVE BY?>>Randall Osborne: Always do everything with excellence.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT TEXAS TECH?>>Randall Osborne: I really like the college atmosphere. There’s always a lot of stuff going on, a lot of energy.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT IS ONE CAUSE YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT?>>Randall Osborne: Human trafficking.>>Allison Hirth: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS?>>Randall Osborne: My favorite is anything that has to do with home automation. Least favorite technology is anything owned by family or in-laws.>>Allison Hirth: NAME ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST.>>Randall Osborne: I want to go to Japan.>>Allison Hirth: WHICH DO YOU PREFER: GOOGLE, BING OR YAHOO?>>Randall Osborne: I use DuckDuckGo. They actually respect your privacy for now.>>Allison Hirth: AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TEXAS TECH TRADITION?>>Randall Osborne: When they plant the tulips in the spring. My name is Randall Osborne and I just answered ’23 Questions’.

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