Joe D. Grossbauer helps to keep the web safe as a Security Analyst for GGNet Technology and is the Duneland Chamber's Volunteer of the Year, 2018. Through his career and volunteer work, Grossbauer is committed to bettering his community.
“Data theft is a big concern for a lot of people. I like to think about my clients and their customers,” Grossbauer said. “I enjoy making their data safer.”
Grossbauer grew up in Chesterton and had a curiosity for technology at a young age. At just 16, he worked in IT. Grossbauer then attended Purdue University and graduated in 2011. He went on to work in website development before returning to his roots in IT. Grossbauer now enjoys a rewarding carreer, surrounded by people who inspire him.
“I learned a lot from people at work,” Grossbauer said. “They all have different skills and when we work together as a team, I learn so much.”
GGNet, a local full-service IT company, was founded over 10 years ago by Grossbauer’s father. Grossbauer explained that his role in the company is multifaceted, and he is not limited to one specific task.
“I am thankful for my parents. They employed me for a long time and I appreciate that,” he said. “My job isn’t just a position, I get involved with a lot of different things. My role is responsive one; if there is a data breach or concern, I would figure out what’s going on and how to fix it.”
When Grossbauer is not at work, he is dedicated to several organizations that make Northwest Indiana a better place. He is the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club Secretary, on the board of directors for Housing Opportunities, and is Secretary with the board of directors for Duneland Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, he enjoys cooking, taking Tai Chi classes, and crafting.
Due to his love of volunteering, Grossbauer was named Duneland Chamber Volunteer of the Year, 2018. He is fulfilled by strengthening his community, but being involved was not always easy.
“I was very shy when I was in high school and I was able to overcome that,” Grossbauer said.
Grossbauer recommends being involved in the community. He also encourages aspiring internet security analysts to follow their dreams.
“Security degrees are in very high demand,” Grossbauer said. “Get an entry level job and work your way up. You can learn a lot by jumping in and doing—that’s how I learned.”