Jim Valavanis

Senior Security Engineer

Chicago, IL


Jim is an Information Technology expert with over 20 years of experience in network design, network security, Windows, MacOS, Unix, and Linux operating systems administration.

Jim began working as a network and systems administrator in the early 90’s at the Chicago Board Options Exchange where he gained hands-on knowledge of cutting edge technologies.  Jim continued to excel in the industry, and was promoted to manage a large technical staff at an options trading company where he oversaw systems and security.  Jim has gained extensive experience in utilizing open-source solutions to control costs and provide a wide array of solutions for customers stressing the importance of security and high-availability.  As part of a team for a notable project, Jim worked on designing and implementing high-availability and redundancy solutions across a carrier grade network.

Jim graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. Jim also holds a certification in Linux Administration, Dell Hardware, and Cisco SMB specialist.