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Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Year of Graduation: 2002
Program: Telecommunications Technology

Cyber Security Specialist

In today’s digital age, there has never been a higher demand for IT professionals to secure and manage what has become an explosion of information. As Consulting Services Director for TELUS, Ryan Wilson makes sure his customers’ sensitive information remains secure.

Supporting a team of 28 engineers across Canada, Ryan enjoys the challenge of helping customers solve complex business problems by providing effective security solutions. He also finds it gratifying to help his team members to develop in a sector that is expanding at a rapid rate. “As we continue to store sensitive information, security must continuously evolve to protect critical assets from new threats.”

Sheridan has put together a program that is tailor-made to provide grads with the necessary foundation to succeed in this field, says Ryan. With its blended emphasis on technical skills and organizational security, Sheridan’s curriculum is unique in the province. “Sheridan has a proven reputation of producing some of the top talent in the technology sector, and for placing grads in their field directly out of school.”

Since graduating, Ryan has worked with some of the leading security, networking and telecommunications organizations across Canada, including Q9 Networks and Allstream Inc., joining TELUS in 2007. “Sheridan gave me the technical foundation required and the confidence to effectively consult with enterprise customers.”

One of the most important lessons Ryan learned at Sheridan was the ability to deliver quality work in restricted time frames. “It is essential to be able to take a seemingly large amount of information and summarize it effectively into something more meaningful - a skill that is directly transferable to the work place.”

Prior to attending Sheridan, Ryan was exposed to various elements of telecommunications, security and computer networks through part time jobs and a co-op placement during high school. “I was fortunate to have found a passion for this field at an early age,” he says.

But even armed with the right credentials and the desire to succeed, it takes time to gain the necessary skills and credibility to move into more senior positions. Ryan advises new alumni: “Be patient in finding your first job; No matter how qualified or well suited you are for a position, it may take some time. Believe in the skills you have gained at Sheridan.”