Adam Yax (IT Security)
He always knew he was meant to work with computers. Whether it was taking apart just about every electronic device and home appliance he could get his hands on or teaching himself to program a T1-99 in 1981 (at the age of 10!) it always seemed inevitable that Adam would turn that interest and enthusiasm into a professional career.
Adam’s talents were quickly noticed in his first engineering job, yes he went to school for engineering instead of computer science. Not long after starting his talents for computers/networks became clear and he was offered a role installing and supporting the new windows network to replace the mainframe. He assumed a network management role in an office of 20 engineers, where he pushed towards the digital future by making the office entirely paperless. Shortly thereafter Mr. Yax continued his career with American Express, where he continued his trend of meteoric corporate ascension, and within less than a year he had become the lead North & South America Domain administrator for the American Express, rolling out the new NT 3.5 Active Directory network.
Adam’s experience in small offices and large corporations gave him a deep understanding of corporate workflows and effective communication and management, but it was his work with the “.dot coms” in the late 90’s where he further developed his technical expertise by working extensively with firewalls, databases, web servers, routers, load balancers and international disaster recovery architectures that included many flavors of Unix Windows and variety of vendors such as Dell/HP/Compaq etc. It was here he also gained a fundamental understanding of air-tight security at the application, operating system and networking level. Firewalls, intrusion detection, security breach scanning. You name it and Adam has almost certainly deployed and maintained it.
Having been given great responsibility to represent the on-site face of the ever growing Internet transaction division of a large international organization he was trusted to fly to many countries in Asia to deploy server network infrastructures for banks, to establish secure POS network systems for banks & merchants and to lead the way in integrating online payment systems.
This internet banking experience put him on the front line of distributed architecture design for online websites. Website generators, wizard driven websites such as those that are common now, were in their infancy and many startups created template driven sites. Adam was approached by a strong up on coming .com to help with their efforts and became a Chief Technical Officer of ITool while still in his 20’s. Eventually larger corporations such as Onvia and many others took interest in such technology. Adam was essential in the merging of technical teams with their upper management philosophies. Keeping his head down, the server infrastructure, network, databases, monitoring and security were his main focus throughout.
After a short stay in corporate, and after the bubble of the late 90’s burst the regulation industry pulled him in and requested he assist in Sarbanes Oxley compliance of many server environments. Passing several audits for the likes of Lockheed, and L3, he moved on to his own passions.
He was finally on his own. His passions revolved around deploying the right technology in the right circumstance, helping small businesses deploy the right tool for the job. He noticed the advantage that small businesses had over the corporation, it was the nimble flexible nature of small businesses. The ability to deploy technology at a much faster rate than corporations. The approval process had fewer hurdles and channels of review. Small businesses envied Corporations, but he knew it could be the other way around. He always had servers available, and had many projects running simultaneously, hosting a small business website in 1997 was not unusual in the Yax household. Hosting websites and coding individual web applications for tools and eventually for clients had always been “side-work” for Adam.
After 17 years he decided to move on, and after selling his business he began looking for a new adventure. After two years of travel and investment research he found Loffa thriving and hoped he could begin contributing to it's inevitable success.
Now applying his extensive 25 years of hosting and SaaS based technical security knowledge to a team that has in-house talent range from full-stack development to hardware, testing, operations and support skills that rival any he's ever come across. This marriage of skills, experience and drive, in a team that is this motivated, is going places.