End Users '20 under 40' 2017—Jeff Worrall

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jeff Worrall, 33

Security systems lead, Palantir

Palo Alto, Calif.

Jeff Worrall works to maintain a standard level of security at all of Palantir’s locations, despite a variety of differences among the buildings.

Palantir, a software company focused on data analytics, has more than 60 locations. “The unique challenge for me and my team is every office was built in a different era, or it has a different layout. … Trying to keep the standards across the builds for all of these unique office spaces has been very challenging,” Worrall said, and this requires considering different cameras, access control hardware or sensors, depending on the office space. Worrall added that he and his team find this challenge to be a fun part of the job.

“The day-to-day is basically: make sure all of our buildings world wide are secured to our standard and keep them running, … building out new buildings but also keeping the same online—in addition to research and development to stay on the leading edge of the tech-wave,” Worrall said.

In high school, Worrall’s interest in cars led him to take a job as a mechanic assistant at a local police department. He stayed for eight years, becoming fleet manager. The role inspired Worrall to pursue a degree in criminal justice at California State University-Sacramento, and taking a role in the campus police department. Prior to his job at Palantir, he held a role at Pixar as a safety and security officer.

Worrall is keeping his eyes on drone defense; drones could be a threat for both residential and commercial sides of the business, he said. He also highlighted the Internet of Things and cloud as technologies with potential.