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Shark Girl

Shark Girl, IT Security Ambassador

An Interview with Shark Girl

"Just as I don’t want my friends in the sea to be hooked, I don’t want my friends at UB to get hooked by phishing messages."
Shark Girl, IT Security Ambassador
UBIT

(All responses translated from the original Shark-speak by Cathy Ullman.)

Are you a one-of-a-kind creature?

As far as I know, yes—I’m the only shark-human hybrid on planet Earth.

How did you get involved as an ambassador for IT security at UB?

Dr. Ullman, Senior Information Security Analyst with UBIT, reached out to me and asked if I would help support a worthwhile cause. I was very happy to oblige!

Do you still keep in touch with the artist who gave you life?

Yes, I do! Casey Riordan Millard and I are very good friends. Besides, I occasionally need to be refreshed; the snows and winds of Buffalo take a toll on me after a while.

Do you have any trouble breathing on land?

Nope, not at all! I actually have gills and lungs. Fun fact.

What do you find most rewarding about your work with IT security?

As an ambassador, I enjoy having the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world on the university campus.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I spend most of my free time hanging around Canalside.

What are your future plans?

To continue my work supporting the Information Security Office, and to continue providing moments of respite and wonder for those who come visit me at Canalside.

Do you notice any kind of resonance between Internet phishing and the literal fishing you’ve observed during your time in the ocean?

Just as I don’t want my friends in the sea to be hooked, I don’t want my friends at UB to get hooked by phishing messages. For me, it all comes back to that.