Sr. Information Security Analyst, Target
Derek Thomas is a senior information security analyst on Target Corporation’s Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) team in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Biola University, and joined the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). After graduating, Thomas joined the US Army as an active duty intelligence officer where he served near the DMZ in Korea and Fort Irwin, CA. In the Army he developed a passion for intelligence analysis, and continued in that line of work as a contractor in Washington D.C. after departing the military. He supported the FBI Cyber Division as a cyber intelligence analyst by producing strategic written products and assisting with law enforcement pursuit of financially motivated cybercriminals. Thomas has since earned a variety of cybersecurity certifications and his Master’s in homeland security from Penn State, and chose to join Target’s CTI team in March 2018. He currently lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis with his wife and golden retriever.