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Andrew Tutten Receives August Employee of the Month

Published Aug 5, 2022

Andrew Tutten EOTM

Andrew Tutten at the Aug. 4 BCC meeting, pictured with his parents; Scott MacDonald, IT Infrastructure Manager (L); and Bart Siders, IT Director (R).

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce Andrew Tutten, Network Coordinator in the Information Technology department, as the August Employee of the Month. The board confirmed Andrew’s selection at the Aug. 4 BCC meeting

Andrew began his career with Escambia County on Feb. 25, 2020. In his role as Network Coordinator, he is responsible for designing, installing and troubleshooting network systems to meet the functional objectives of the Escambia BCC. This includes monitoring all network routers, switches, firewalls, and wireless access points that securely connect employees to their files and applications to the internet. Andrew is also responsible for implementing and maintaining network management software, researching, analyzing, and implementing software patches or hardware changes to resolve any network deficiencies. Andrew also oversees change management and architectural documentation within the IT department. In addition, he is a vital member of the cybersecurity team, continually reinforcing security posture by locking down the network and immediately patching vulnerable systems when needed.

As part of his role on the cybersecurity team, Andrew serves as the Local Agency Security Officer for the BCC. Currently, he is managing the Criminal Justice Information Systems’ technical audit by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the Escambia County jail. Andrew holds certifications in Cisco CCNA, Juniper JNCSA and CompTIA Security+. He is also working towards achieving the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator certification. Additionally, Andrew recently assisted the State Attorney’s Office by configuring their network connection to FDLE.

Recently, Andrew led a project to update the BCC's data network infrastructure, requiring him to re-engineer each county-operated facility. As part of the project, Andrew and his team installed public Wi-Fi in 40 county parks and community centers, including the addition of Palo Alto's firewall management platform, Panorama. These changes allow IT to manage over 50 firewalls across Escambia County.

"Andrew is an excellent team member who is always willing to assist anyone at any time,” said Escambia County IT Director Bart Siders. “He is very proactive and always looking for ways to improve our network security posture. He works after hours without complaint to apply patches and network changes so as not to impact business continuity for staff and citizens. He is a superb team member, and the BCC is extremely fortunate to have him."

The Board of County Commissioners commends and congratulates Andrew on his selection as the August Employee of the Month.

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