Employee Spotlight: One Minute with Logan MacLaren

As Big Data Platform Architect, Logan operates at the helm of Interset's big data cybersecurity deployments.


Logan MacLaren HeadshotWhere the rubber meets the road, there you’ll find Interset’s Big Data Platform Architect, Logan MacLaren. Implementation is critical to success, and Logan’s years of experience with designing, deploying, and supporting IT systems helps Interset execute great engineering ideas in the field.

From project management to front-line support to consulting, Logan has an impressive resume of responsibilities under his belt. Prior to Interset, Logan served as Technical Team Lead and Accelerated Value Specialist for IBM Canada, where he played a key role in mission-critical implementations of IBM Cognos BI software, developed new offerings, and revised ongoing operations to address evolving customer requirements.

With a particular affinity for big data applications for machine learning and security analytics, Logan is a vital ingredient to Interset’s successful implementations and continuously satisfied customers.

Q: How did you come into this field of work?
A: I have always been interested in tech in general, but cybersecurity definitely struck me as the most exciting field. While I didn’t start out in this field specifically, when an opportunity with Interset appeared, I jumped on it!

Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: One of the blessings and curses of this job (and cybersecurity in general) is that there is always a new challenge. I find this absolutely fantastic because it means things are never dull and there are continually new opportunities to learn.

Q: You’ve had a couple different roles at Interset. From your experience, what has been the most fascinating aspect of big data cybersecurity deployments at customers?  
A: Integration, both in terms of platform and workflow for the end users of our analytics. Each and every customer is utilizing our software differently (even if only slightly), and it’s fascinating to understand how we fill gaps in otherwise very complex security environments.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring big data architects?
A: Things break and, with big data, things break at scale. Never underestimate the importance of redundancy. For those just starting out: Google (GCP) and Amazon (EC2) both offer free trials for their cloud offerings, so be sure to jump on that if you’re looking for hardware to play with.

Rapid-fire Round

Q: Coffee or tea?

A: Coffee…probably too much of it!

Q: Classical or hip-hop?

A: Classical

Q: Tropical beach or urban cityscape?

A: Urban cityscape

Q: Electric toothbrush or regular toothbrush?

A: Electric

Q: Ice hockey or curling?

A: Ice hockey

 

Be sure to connect with Logan on LinkedIn.