I want to make technology more secure and accessible for everyone.

Security enthusiast | Geocacher | Objectivist | Blogger | Researcher | Speaker | Amateur media critic | Wannabe toucan owner

21 Washington, DC


Hello! I am Wyatt.

Cybersecurity student at the Rochester Institute of Technology

I am a fourth-year student in the M.S. Computing Security program at RIT, just starting my career in the industry and striving to create secure, inclusive, accessible, and joyful technologies for all to use. My research interests are in systems and network analytics for malware detection, steganography, and disinformation.

I frequently participate in computer security red/blue competitions, Capture the Flag tournaments, and STEM outreach events around the world. More recently, I have been working to address media bias and ethical research issues plaguing the national dialogue. I also enjoy being a lifelong student by incorporating other disciplines and perspectives into my activities, from technology to psychology, philosophy, journalism, communication, and political science.

I am a member of the RIT Security Club (RITSEC), RIT FIRST, and the RIT Honors Program in my spare time. I also enjoy adventurous activities such as geocaching in the Rochester area, bouldering, and traveling with my friends. In the future, I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in information assurance and own a paramotor.


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Accomplishments

Technical, professional, educational, and volunteer involvements


CyberCorps Scholarship for Service logo

Awards NSF, ISSA, Black Hat

I was awarded the National Science Foundation's CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) while attending RIT to recognize my academic achievements and personal commitment to making national systems and data more secure and accountable to civilians.

I was also the recipient of the International Systems Security Association (ISSA)'s Howard A. Schmidt Award in honor of the past president of the ISSA International Board, presidential computer security adviser, and US-CERT chief security strategist, as well as the Black Hat Student Scholarship. I was awarded these scholarships due to my academics, activities, and desire to work in national security.

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Certifications
GIAC, Cisco, CompTIA

I currently hold GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Cisco Certified Cyber Ops Associate (CCCOA), and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+), as well as membership in the GIAC Advisory Board and other lower certifications. Certifications complement my academics, extracurriculars, and work experience, and I see them as an excellent way to validate and reinforce my growing skillset.

I plan to obtain further certifications in security analytics and blue team operations soon. These certifications will validate the skills I have learned through classes, personal and club projects, internships, and competitions.


Hackers on the Hill logo

Activism

HotH, FIRST, Scholarship America

I frequently advocate for cybersecurity proficiency and the technology workforce in the federal government. As part of Hackers on the Hill, I met with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to address the cyber talent gap and the shortfalls in federal, state, and local cybersecurity employees.

I was one of 30 honorees at Scholarship America's National Dreams to Success Awards for improving STEM curriculum and extracurricular opportunities for students in rural areas. Involving myself as a FIRST Robotics volunteer, a Computing Security Ambassador, and an RIT IMPRESS member helps me achieve these goals.

Other accomplishments and badges are available on Acclaim and Merit


Projects

A selection of projects and activities I've worked on

Recent Blog Post


Prudent Practices II presentation

Malware Meta-Analysis

May 2020

I chose to re-evaluate the methodologies and rigor of academic malware publications for my CyberCorps and Advanced Malware Forensics research project. Based on the paper "Prudent Practices for Designing Malware Experiments," I re-performed the original experiment to determine if proper sampling, analysis, and safety measures improved since 2012.

I plan to continue developing this paper in the hope of submitting it to a conference sometime in Fall 2020.

Watch my project presentation below.

Title slide of Memery.exe presentation

Memery.exe

April 2020

My friends and I created a custom command-and-control server and Windows malware written in C++ for our Malware Reverse Engineering class. Our malware could obtain system information such as processes, usernames and passwords, network information, and operating system version. It also could send and receive files across a network using a custom encryption algorithm.

We also reverse engineered our client malware using IDA Pro and presented the project to our class.

Our detailed analysis is available below.

Title slide of Volatility presentation

Volatility 3

December 2019

I evaluated the first beta release of Volatility 3 for my Computer System Security final project. In my presentation, I explained how computer memory functions, introduced fundamental memory analysis and forensic techniques, and discussed the release of Volatility 3 as well as several of the landmark changes it presents for memory analysis.

Then, I demonstrated Volatility 3 by using various commands to identify the Zeus rootkit on a memory image obtained from an infected Windows system.

Check out the presentation and demo below.

Thumbnail of Shellshock exploit video

Shellshock CTF Challenge

November 2019

I created a Docker container hosting a web server vulnerable to Shellshock (CVE-2014-6271) for a course CTF. The flag could be obtained using command injection via Apache cgi-bin and exploiting an outdated version of Bash. I also configured Snort on a separate Docker container to monitor exploitation and create a threat map on the class network.

I published the container and a video walkthrough of the exploitation commands at the end of the CTF.

The CTF challenge Docker container is available below.

Activities

Experience

Employment, education, and skills

Employment

DoD logo United States Department of Defense

Washington, DC

Developmental Program Co-op
Summer 2021
Fall 2020

The Department of Defense provides the military forces necessary to protect the security of our country.

MITRE logo The MITRE Corporation

National Security Engineering Center; Bedford, MA

Network Technology & Security Intern
Summer 2020

MITRE works in the public interest across federal, state, and local governments, as well as industry and academia, to bring innovative ideas into existence in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, quantum information science, health informatics, space security, policy and economic expertise, trustworthy autonomy, cyber threat sharing, and cyber resilience.

  • Worked with the NSIC FFRDC's Network Automation & Intelligent Control team
  • Responsible for developing next-generation SDNs for national security sponsors
  • Created capabilities to classify and mark traffic in higher-layer network protocols
  • Reduced network traffic overhead and infrastructure cost in DDIL areas

Parsons Corporation logo Parsons Corporation

Cyber Operations, Parsons Government Services; Centreville, VA

Computer Security Engineer Intern
Summer 2019

Parsons is a leading provider of scientific, technical, and cyber solutions to the intelligence community specializing in defensive and offensive network intelligence solutions, closed network security engineering, weapons system intelligence, and facilities design and optimization.

  • Joined Cyber Operations' network simulation and automation team
  • Tasked with developing a simple, scalable testing platform for beta capabilities
  • Automated network intrusion detection systems using containerization
  • Project was deployed for use across Cyber Operations upon completion

RIT CASTLE logo RIT Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation

Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester, NY

Student Leader
Summer 2018

CASTLE is a network of faculty, projects, and programs committed to improving science and math collaboration between educators, education researchers, and students. Members engage in scholarship of pedagogy, facilitating dialog, encouraging collaborative opportunities in evidence-based practices, conducting discipline-based education research, and establishing methods of assessment and evaluation.

  • Assisted with the IMPRESS Summer Experience for First-Generation STEM freshmen
  • Responsible for metacognitive day and evening activities to educate and bond students
  • Developed lessons on imposter syndrome, validation and motivation, and mindset
  • Improved student resilience in STEM majors among freshmen entering RIT in 2018

Education

RIT logo

M.S. Computing Security

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
GPA 4.00; 2019 - 2022
Accelerated Dual Degree
CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

RIT logo

B.S. Computing Security

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
GPA 3.67; 2017 - 2021
Honors Program
Mathematics minor
Dean's List

ATCC logo

A.A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alexandria Technical & Community College
Alexandria, Minnesota
GPA 3.97; 2015 - 2017
Honors Program
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 5-Star Member
Dean's List

Organizations


Skills



Detailed work experience, classes, and testimonials are available on LinkedIn


Etcetera

Some fun stuff about me


Travel

GCCIS Honors at Malmö University
GCCIS Honors Spring Trip
Malmö Sweden, March 2020
RITSEC and alumni at Shmoocon 2020
Shmoocon 2020
Washington DC, February 2020
SFS Job Fair
CyberCorps Job Fair
Washington DC, January 2020
FRC Rochester Ruckus
FRC Rah-Cha-Cha Ruckus
Rochester NY, October 2019
Rochester Security Summit
Rochester Security Summit
Rochester NY, October 2019
RITSEC trip to Letchworth
RITSEC Trip to Letchworth
Castile NY, September 2019
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Ottawa ON, August 2019
Skydiving
Skydiving
Manassas VA, July 2019
Apollo Anniversary Festival
Apollo Anniversary Festival
Washington DC, July 2019
Independence Day and Salute to America
Independence Day/Salute to America
Washington DC, July 2019
Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Washington Nationals Game
Washington DC, June 2019
RITSEC IRSeC 2019
Incident Response and Security Competition
Rochester NY, April 2019
Finger Lakes FRC 15th Anniversary
Finger Lakes FRC 15th Anniversary
Rochester NY, March 2019
Information Security Talent Search
Information Security Talent Search
Rochester NY, March 2019
GCCIS Honors Program trip to Boston
GCCIS Honors Fall Trip
Boston, October 2018
RIT CASTLE IMPRESS Summer Experience
IMPRESS Summer Experience
Rochester NY, August 2018
Breakout Games Escape Rooms
Escape Rooms
Rochester NY, August 2018
Meeting with White House Officials
White House Scholarship America Advocacy
Washington DC, May 2018
Scholarship America Dreams to Success Awards
Dreams to Success Awards
Washington DC, May 2018
Cholla Trail on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
Cholla Trail on Camelback Mountain
Phoenix AZ, December 2017
Access Mentoring Workshop
Access Mentoring Workshop
Tempe AZ, December 2017

Check out my travels on YouTube


Quotes

Learning

If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.

I never lose. Either I win or I learn.


Kindness

Conquer anger with lack of anger; bad with good; stinginess with a gift; a liar with truth.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.


Persistence

The question is not who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

Be a nuisance where it counts. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics—but never give up.

I am rich no matter what I lose. I'd rather risk it all to find the truth.

This whole time, I thought changing the world was something you did, an act you performed, something you fought for. I don't know if that's true any more. What if changing the world was just about being here, by showing up no matter how many times we get told we don't belong, by staying true even when we are shamed into being false, by believing in ourselves even when we're told we're too different? And if we all held on to that, if we refuse to budge and fall in line, if we stood our ground for long enough, just maybe the world can't help but change around us.

Mr. Robot, Series Finale Part 2, December 22nd, 2019

Contact

Get in touch with me


Address

5000 Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Rochester, NY 14623

Contacts

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (218) 536-1570



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