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Alum Mark House Builds Network for
Professional Success at Mercer


10/25/10


As a senior information security/network architect at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Mark House '98 (A.S. Computer Networking) plays an instrumental role in protecting patients' confidential information. He implements technical security solutions to circumvent identity theft, cyber crime, and other malicious activities.

"With the federal government increasingly warning the public sector of the rise of cyber warfare attacks, my role has become more important than ever," said House, a Hamilton resident. "I enjoy bringing this type of value to an organization."
Early in his career, House was the proprietor of his own general contracting firm, while also studying Fire Science Technology at Mercer County Community College.

But after his first child was born in 1995, he changed his focus of study. "Being an entrepreneur with a newborn was nerve-wracking for me," House recalled. "After I saw an advertisement for computer networking courses at MCCC in the local newspaper, I decided to give it a try. The rest, as they say, is history."

Mark House

At Mercer, House immersed himself in Novell Netware 3.12 classes, which was the number one networking technology in corporate environments at the time. Assessing all of his instructors as "outstanding," House points to one in particular, Dave Scott, for his never-ending encouragement and knowledge of networking in general.

"Dave was a tough instructor. He knew his stuff and encouraged me to work hard and learn things the right way," House recalled. "At Mercer, I learned how a computer worked, how it communicated with other computers, and what it takes to be successful in the computer networking field. It set the foundation for my future in information security and risk management. "

While at MCCC, House started working full-time as a consultant, further honing his skills as a desktop systems engineer at AT&T (now Lucent Technologies) in Holmdel, NJ. After graduation, he accepted roles as a senior systems engineer at Merrill Lynch in Plainsboro, and then as an MIS Network Project Director for Starr Tours & Transit in Trenton. His career advanced further with positions as a senior network engineer and technical services manager at Capital Health System in Trenton, and as a senior internal consultant for Dow Jones & Co. in Princeton, where he worked alongside his former professor, Dave Scott.

The lower cost of living lured House to Tampa, Fla., in 2003, where he continued his studies at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, graduating summa cum laude with an A.A.S. in Computer Crimes Investigations in 2006. More opportunities opened up for him as he worked as an information security engineer for Fast Track Solutions in Tampa and later as an information security architect for Circuit City, Inc. After Circuit City closed its doors, he found the perfect job opportunity at RWJ-Hamilton, in his hometown, and brought his family back to the Mercer County area in 2009.

Fascinated with the "who-done-it" detective work involved in the information security field, House, now a father of three, also has initiatives underway to teach children how to protect themselves online via his collaboration with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC) 2® and their "Safe and Secure Online" seminar program. Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in technology management through an online program at St Petersburg College.
"I'd like to pass along my expertise to the next generation," said House, who through the years has earned several industry certifications and published articles for trade organizations.

"For those considering computer networking, information security, or any other field, I'd certainly recommend taking a good look at what MCCC has to offer," House said. "It's a great, affordable place to start your college career, start a career change, or just increase your knowledge in areas of interest or hobbies. You just don't where it may lead.
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