Ken Blacow, Senior IT Specialist, IT Security

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“It’s a great team environment here, as opposed to working by myself. It’s great to be a part of the team.” – Ken Blacow

Ken Blacow (pronounced BLAY-koh) is a senior IT specialist and PCI subject matter expert (PCI is the security standard in the payment card industry) and has been in that position since April.

Before he came to Emory, Ken spent 26 years in the movie theater business. He rose from the humble beginnings of tearing tickets and selling concessions to working as a projectionist and eventually becoming general manager. In 1998, Ken transferred into the IT department with Regal Cinemas and started working in IT security 2001. Prior to joining Emory, Ken was a one-person IT department with the Georgia Theatre Company.

Ken was born in Norfolk, VA, but grew up in Key West, FL. Over his years in the movie business, Ken moved a few times between Georgia and Knoxville, TN, before arriving in higher education. According to Ken, “I saw an opportunity to get a more focused career in IT security. I felt like Emory was a great place to do that.”

For fun, Ken likes to play golf. He has a pilot’s license, but doesn’t have time to fly much anymore. Ken also loves spending time with his wife, Jana.

“There is a great team environment here at Emory, as opposed to working by myself. It’s great to be a part of the team.”

You can reach Ken at kenneth [dot] m [dot] blacow [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Nataliya Bykova, IT Compliance Manager, Enterprise IT Security

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“I have only been here for three months but I’ve learned more here than in my previous jobs. Emory is an open environment which made the transition easier.”

Nataliya Bykova (pronounced nah-TAL-yuh BIK-oh-vah) recently joined the Enterprise Information Security team as the IT compliance manager, joining a newly formed team in April.

Before coming to Emory, Nataliya was the senior manager of information security at AON insurance company (eventually known as Ventive Technology.) She also spent four years at Coca-Cola Enterprises as their IT compliance lead. Nataliya’s first job in the U.S. was with Suntrust, where she began as an information security analyst.

Born in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, Nataliya attended Pedagogical University, where she was able to earn a bachelor of arts degree in English so she could teach English as a second language in her country. After accomplishing her goals, she came to the U.S. in 1998 and received her master’s of science degree in information security, with a concentration in networking, from Kennesaw State University.

For fun, Nataliya enjoys any outdoor activities involving water and the beach. She also loves gardening, relaxing, and reading. Nataliya has two kids, a sixteen-year-old daughter who is in the marching band and an eleven-year-old son who is a soccer player.

“I am working with a great group,” said Nataliya. “I have only been here for three months but I’ve learned more here than in my previous jobs. Emory is an open environment which made the transition easier.”

You can reach Nataliya at nataliya [dot] bykova [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Justin Henderson, Engineer I, Network Operations Center

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“I’m enthusiastic to be working here,” said Justin. “I’m learning something new everyday. There are always challenges.” – Justin Henderson

Justin Henderson has been promoted to engineer I in the Network Operation Center. Before that he was in Field Services for three years.

Justin worked as an Emory contractor pulling low voltage cable for Summit Systems in Buford, GA for six years. Before that Justin was your favorite bartender at Famous Pub and Sports Palace. “I make a mean Long Island Iced Tea,” quipped Justin.

An Electronics graduate of the Community College of the Air Force in Milledgeville, GA, Justin was born in Athens, Greece in a military family (his mother is Greek).

His favorite hobby is playing with his “maltipoochie” (Maltese, poodle, and chihuahua) named Meekri, which means “little one” in Greek.

“I’m enthusiastic to be working here,” said Justin. “I’m learning something new everyday. There are always challenges.”

You can reach Justin at justin [dot] s [dot] henderson [dot] jr [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Jason Nguyen, Network Engineer, Network Engineering

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“It is so amazing working with many brilliant and talented people in this positive environment. It is an honor to work here at Emory.”- Jason Nguyen

Jason Nguyen (pronounced WIN) recently became one of the newest network engineers on the Network Engineering Run team. Before coming to Emory, he worked at Georgia Tech as a data center specialist for about six and a half years. Prior to that, he spent two years with Web.com as a systems administrator. Jason also worked as a technical analyst with Citigroup for about a year.

Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Jason moved to New Jersey, where he attended Rutgers University and earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems. He also has worked toward becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Jason enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering, doing charity work, and biking.

“It is so amazing working with many brilliant and talented people in this positive environment. It is an honor  to work here at Emory.”

You can reach him at jason [dot] nguyen [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Vinh Nguyen, Security Analyst II, Enterprise IT Security

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“I think everyone has a lot of expertise in this field. They are really good at what they do. It’s good to have people to collaborate with and learn from.” – Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen (pronounced VIN WIN) is a security analyst II in Enterprise IT Security. Before coming to Emory, Vinh worked at a financial company called Credigy Solutions in Norcross, GA, for two years as a senior security engineer. Prior to that he was in the Marines for five years.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Vinh was raised in Tucker, GA, since he was five years old. He went to Georgia Perimeter for general education and is still working on his computer science degree.

To keep himself busy, Vinh likes to rock climb, snow board, and wake board.

“I think everyone has a lot of expertise in this field. They are really good at what they do. It’s good to have people to collaborate with and learn from.”

You can reach Vinh at vine [dot] d [dot] nguyen [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Veta Williamson, Business Analyst II, Business Systems

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“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to come into higher education and give back to the community,” said Veta Williamson.

Veta Williamson (pronounced VEE-tah) is a new business analyst II in Business Systems. Before coming to Emory, Veta worked at Home Depot as a senior business analyst for almost five years. Prior to that, Veta worked at Delta airlines for seven years as a structural engineer. Also, she was a gymnastic’s coach for younger girls.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Veta attended Georgia Tech, where she received two degrees. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her master’s degree in textile engineering.

Veta loves her dog, running, hiking, and doing other fun activities with her teenagers, who are thirteen and seventeen.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to come into higher education and give back to the community,” said Veta.

You can reach Veta at veta [dot] williamson [at] emory [dot] edu.

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