“40 under 40” Class of 2019 — Trenton Pinson, 27

Physical Security Support Engineer II, Security Integrations Group, Amazon
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Friday, November 1, 2019

Trenton Pinson’s team at Amazon is the primary contact for the hundreds of thousands of Amazonians around the globe relying on the company’s third party access control systems in its fulfillment and operations centers.

“We configure the access control systems at all of our operations business models worldwide and assist our on-site technicians and project managers in launching new locations on a daily basis,” he explained.

As part of this team, Pinson focuses on “creating new tools and reporting solutions to drive innovation and automation for our customers,” he said. “Our tools need to scale to fit Amazon’s required solutions. Through my work, I not only understand how our access control systems work down to the local physical device level, but also analyze what information is available, where it is stored, and how to analyze and present this data for a huge range of individuals with unique backgrounds and needs.”

In just two years at his current role, Pinson has helped revamp Amazon’s metrics and reporting tools from the ground up, allowing engineers to quickly spot and respond to issues at every level. “Most recently, I’ve begun working on building an updated quarterly report for Amazon’s entire access control system, providing even greater insight into how Amazon has grown and what the future may need of us.”

Pinson believes the cloud is one of the top technology trends in security today. “Dedicated, static resources are an overall drain and flexible, scalable solutions can be used to both save money and increase security,” he said.

Trend analysis and machine learning are also high on his list. “People are slow to spot trends and slow to react to outliers, and augmenting our work to overcome those limitations will be crucial to maintain security in the future,” he said.