Dakota Hayes

Dakota Hayes
What are your technology specialties?
As part of the RS team, I have a solid level of comfort with a wide variety of technologies. That said, my degree and certification path lean heavily in the security direction, but I find myself happy handling a wide variety of IT tasks and roles, and often find ways to utilize my security strengths in the field!
What professional events do you participate in, or what skills or accomplishments have you attained, that sets you apart?
I currently hold four CompTIA certifications: the A+/Network+/Security+/CySA+ which designates me both as a Secure Infrastructure Specialist and a Security Analytics Professional; I also hold a degree in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.
What was your first memory of using computers?
Back in my childhood days when the best internet connection we could get was a few megabytes, I played old games like RuneScape or Club Penguin. Well, that, or taking apart the family computer because I just loved tearing things open to see what was inside. My parents were excited that I was so curious, but not so excited about the fact that I wasn’t so interested in putting things back together…
What was the last great book you read?
The Carnivore Code, by Dr. Paul Saladino! I can’t recommend this book enough. I do a lot of reading and podcast-listening with non-fiction topics, but this one is right up my health-focused alley and absolutely obliterates some major widespread misconceptions about health and how the human animal is meant to thrive.
When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…
Most commonly doing something for good health. I enjoy being outdoors so I’m often walking nature paths or hiking mountains, perhaps looking for a cool place to do some meditation – and I’m a martial artist as well. I have my black belt in Karate that I earned when I was around 15, and these days I practice Jiu-jitsu.
What was the last great book you read?
The Carnivore Code, by Dr. Paul Saladino! I can’t recommend this book enough. I do a lot of reading and podcast-listening with non-fiction topics, but this one is right up my health-focused alley and absolutely obliterates some major widespread misconceptions about health and how the human animal is meant to thrive.
If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be and what would you do (or why would you do it)?
I’d would love to travel through countries in the East to experience their culture and history. While I’m not personally religious, I’ve gotten a lot out of studying Zen/Taoism, and the Karate I studied when I was younger came out of Okinawa, Japan. As a result, I’m very curious about the kinds of places these things originated from. I think there’s a lot to be said about experiencing different societies and being exposed to new environments. It would also be a ton of fun to visit ancient historical sites and human ruins around the world and imagine what life was like for many of our ancestors.
What are you most frequently heard listening to?
In terms of music, typically something in the electronic categories, or something from a great game soundtrack. I also greatly enjoy podcasts and audiobooks!