Mimecast’s 42 Questions with J.Peter Bruzzese

A long time ago, a supercomputer named Deep Thought concluded that the answer to the ultimate question to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything was 42. Although it took Deep Thought 7 and a half million years to produce this answer, it concluded that finding the answer would have been much simpler had it known the question. Deep Thought didn't understand what the "ultimate question" was. And we'll agree; it's definitely hard to provide an answer without a question. Here at Mimecast though, we have the question…the ultimate question…42 of them to be exact!

Join us as we get to know our Mimecast experts in a new blog series called “42 Questions.” We may not find out the answer to life at the end, but we’ll definitely find the answer to what our expert thinks it means to be a Mimecaster, the top security threats they worry about, and even their favorite superhero just to name a few. That should hold us over while we come to a consensus on why 42 is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything! Enjoy!

 

Video Script below:

JLW: I’m Jamie Whalen, Social Media Manager at Mimecast and we’re here with J. Peter Bruzzese, a Mimecast employee and Microsoft MVP. We will be asking him a set of 42 quick rapid response questions to get to know who J. Peter is just a little bit more.  Are you ready for 42 questions?

J.PETER:  You bet- “Greetings Mimecast and Jamie!”

 

1. What is your MVP Technical expertise?

Awarded 7 times, first 4 times was for exchange 2nd two times was for Office 365. And to put it all into one bucket, the office service, and services bucket.

2. Favorite actress?

Amy Adams

3. Favorite movie?

Rocky I, II, III

4. Infrastructure or Software as a service? 

Software.  Infrastructure is very legacy facing which is still necessary for a hybrid move to cloud but with container and such along with SaaS really providing what most organization need… I see SaaS as the real future in 5 years’ time.

5. Favorite food?

Anything parmesan.  Chicken, eggplant, etc.

 6. Why do you consult for Mimecast?

When I was first looking at Office 365, I liked it but I felt like there was a need for something else to fix all of the gaps in Office 365. And so, in looking around, the only solution I found that could fill the gap of security, archiving, availability, was Mimecast. And so I decided to work for them.

(Want to see the sleep chambers?  They encourage napping!!! I’m a huge fan of napping.)

 7. Typical bedtime?

Good question. Any time after midnight.

8.  Bed attire?

Pajama bottoms and a t-shirt (either incredible Hulk shirt or some other superhero).

9.  Scariest place you’ve ever been? 

I lived in Ciudad del Este Paraguay for a year.  It’s on the border of Brazil and Argentina.  It had its scary moments.

10. Nicest place you’ve ever been?

Ariel de Cabo, an area right above Rio de Jenario.

11. How many languages do you speak? 

One – English.  But I can also hold conversations in Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

12. Say something in Mandarin?  

Wo de mingze Li Xiao Lung.

13. What did you just say? 

My name is Bruce Lee.

14. Favorite sci-fi weapon? 

Lightsaber

15. Coolest career moment?  

First published book in my hands and the first time I was awarded the MVP for Exchange.

16. Favorite third party bolt-on solution for Exchange on-prem or online? 

Mimecast (look around!)

17. Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter. I don’t do Facebook.

18. Top 3 security threats you worry about?

Spear phishing, Ransomware, Impersonation wire transfer hoaxes. 

19. Coolest party game? 

Binary Code Conversion.  It’s where you take decimal numbers and convert them to binary and vice versa.  How’s that for geeky?

20. Favorite superhero?

Marvel- the Hulk. But if you’re talking about DC- Superman.

21. Coolest tech person you’ve met? 

(Take out iPhone and show picture of Steve Wozniak)  Steve Wozniak.

22. If you could go to Mars would you do it? 

Absolutely not… have you seen the Martian?  Yeah… no thanks.

23. What’s your favorite color?

Silver

24. Least favorite color?

Teal

25. Favorite tech gadget you can’t get enough of?

The Halolens.

26. Favorite comedian?

Kevin James

27. How would you describe the last election?

Well… I’m neutral but I did hear someone call it a Kobiyashi Maru… and that was funny.

28. Favorite number?

42

29. What’s your favorite part of Office 365?

Exchange Online

30. What’s your least favorite part of Office 365?

Yammer

 (Hey, I heard someone you knew made something here, what and where is it? – enter Parson’s Green)

31. Who built this table?

John Dickey, the owner of the Timberguys.  Really awesome stuff.

32. Favorite part of the Mimecast space?

This table in the Parson’s Green room. Believe it or not, the wood came from a boat that was owned by Louis Boxer.

33. How do you know him?

We went to school together.

34. How would you describe yourself?

Two words:  driven and passionate

35. Who makes you laugh?

My wife.

36. What’s keeping you busy these days?

A lot of traveling, talking about cyber resilience and risk mitigation. Specifically with Office 365. With the many threats that are facing the world, you need something on the front end of Office 365 to help provide mitigation and that resiliency. Speaking about here in the states, UK, and Canada.

37. What is a great enhancement a company can assist with, a third party bolt-on enhancement?

Mimecast is one. The enhancements that Mimecast can assist with is really amazing. It’s not just a siloed solution, Mimecast was developed in the cloud, not ported into the cloud. And, they hit upon security, archiving, continuity. Hitting on all things 0365, which really hits on everything you would need to be successful. Mimecast is the only solution I have found that can do that.

38. What’s something you can’t do?

Sing.

39. What do you like best about Mimecast?

Well as a solution, Mimecast is something that provides a full blanket of resiliency. Mimecast is security, archiving, continuity. It protects you from the bad guys, and if something goes wrong it’s the continuity that keeps you up and running. The fact that you can continue to be up and running no matter what is something that Mimecast can give you.

40. What’s the best gift you’ve received?

My two children.  A boy who’s 9 and a girl who’s 6.

41. Dogs or cats?

Dogs, I’m allergic to cats.

 42. Last question, what’s the best part about being a Mimecaster?

The best part is the people, the people at Mimecast they work hard, are very diligent. They are committed to providing cyber resiliency to their customers. I think it’s fantastic. But hands down, it’s the people that make Mimecast.

Stay tuned for a new 42 questions coming up in February. Where you’ll get to know Mimecast a little bit better.

 

 

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