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Thomas Goral 

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Thomas started his career at SACFD in 2022 as the Information Technology System Administrator. Attending the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. After working in design and advertising for 5 years and holding other positions, Thomas decided to switch career paths to Information Technology Security in 2014. At this time, Thomas obtained his ITAA Security Awareness Certification, CompTIA IT Operations Specialist – CIOS Certification, Axis Certified Professional Certification, Computer Support Associate Certificate with High Honors, and Department of Homeland Security Certification while attending Moraine Valley Community College. As an active member of Moraine Valley’s Cyber Security Club, Thomas learned critical insight into techniques applied by hackers in compromising systems and organizations. In 2019, Thomas participated in the National Cyber League (NCL) Team game hosted by Cyber Skyline composed of thousands of players competing to secure networks and infrastructure against cyber-attacks.

Holding positions of great trust, Thomas worked as a Transportation Security Officer at the United States Department of Homeland Security in 2012. Information Technology Analyst at the Bolingbrook Police and Fire Department in 2014. Information Technology Specialist for the Plainfield Police Department in 2015. System Administrator for the City of Loveland in 2020. Information Technology Manager for 1888 Industrial Services in 2021.

Assisting the Information Technology Manager, Thomas provides technical support to users involving software, hardware, security, and upkeep of mission-critical infrastructure. Promotes security awareness by launching phishing campaigns and educational courses for organizational members. Manages mobile assets automating deployment and minimizing downtime. Provides counsel on technologies, strategies, and network upkeep while managing organizational assets.

Thomas’s hobbies include making Apple Cider Mini donuts with his wife Jennifer for the local Farmer’s market on the weekends.