Hall of Fame Angular Acceleration


This Cybersecurity Hall of Fame has been established to honor FSU students who exceed academic expectations in a significant way. It serves as the highest benchmark, and an inspiration for future students. The students nominated here have made distinguished contributions to their own education, by going above and beyond academic requirements profoundly and repeatedly – demonstrating an extreme commitment to learning and expanding their own potential. Each has made their faculty proud. Each can be expected to make a similarly significant contribution to society, while leaving lasting impressions on the people, institutions, and organizations they go on to serve.

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Connor McLaughlin

Graduation Date: Fall 2015

Degrees Obtained: BS Computer Science at FSU & MS Computer Science at FSU

Contact Info: J.connor.mclaughlin@gmail.com

Employer: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Cyber Systems Assessments Group

Position: Associate Technical Staff

Salary: Starting $102,000/year

Interesting Info: “I contributed to the Lincoln Labs CTF team at Defcon finals in 2017.  Ask me about middle endianness.”

Areas of Interest: Vulnerability research, exploitation, and malware analysis

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W. Owen Redwood

Graduation Date: 2016

Degrees Obtained: MS Computer Science at FSU; Ph.D. in Computer Science at FSU

Personal Links: http://hackallthethings.com/

Employer: Nebraska Applied Research Institute

Position: Chief Research Officer

Interesting Info: “I was a co-founder of n0l3ptr, and founded the Offensive Computer Security course at FSU.  Before I finished my degree I got picked up by DARPA to do mad scientist cyber wizardry.  Now I help run a wonderful organization called the Nebraska Applied Research Institute which is a home for embedded system hackers who want to do high-impact and meaningful work in cybersecurity.”

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Van Bettis

Graduation Date: Spring 2016

Degrees Obtained: BS Information Technology at FSU

Contact Info: van.bettis@a-lign.com || bettisvan@gmail.com

Certifications: C|EH (Certified Ethical Hacker)

Position: Sr. Penetration Tester

Interesting Info: “As a penetration tester, I provide clients with vulnerability enumeration, exploitation and remediation services allowing them to address security concerns and increase their security posture. I operate in the following environments: Web Application, External, Internal, Application Programming Interface (API), Social Engineering and Mobile Applications. If you have any questions or would just like to chat I am always available via my email.

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Jake Hill

Graduation Date: Summer 2017

Degrees Obtained: BS Computer Criminology at FSU

Contact Info: jake.r.hill1996@gmail.com || @notjakehill

Employer: Voya Financial

Position: Penetration Tester

 

 

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Douglas Hennenfent

Graduation Date: Spring 2018

Degrees Obtained: MS Computer Science at FSU

Contact Info: Douglas.Hennenfent@gmail.com

Employer: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center / Hunt and Incident Response Team

Position: Incident Response Analyst

Salary: GS-9

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Grady Denton

Graduation Date: Spring 2018

Degrees Obtained: BS Computer Information Systems at University of Tampa (2008); MS Computer Criminology at FSU (2018)

Employer: US Army Corps of Engineers

Position: Digital Forensic Investigator

Salary: Pathways program starting from GS-9 going to GS-12

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Taylor Shields

Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Degrees Obtained:
BS Computer Science at FSU
MS Computer Science – Cyber Security at FSU

Contact Info: taylorrshields20@gmail.com

Employer: Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Position:
Pathways Program – Computer Scientist, JITC (Joint Interoperability Test Command)

Interesting Info:
In 2016-2017, Taylor served as the Club’s Historian and later became the Club’s Secretary from 2017-2018. Interacting with the club and its members is what inspired Taylor to enter the field of cybersecurity and she highly recommend the Club to any who are interested, no matter your background or skill level!

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Jacob Mills

Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Degrees Obtained: Combined MS/BS Computer Science at FSU

Contact Info: jacobmillsfl@gmail.com

Employer: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Position: Cyber Systems Engineer

Interesting Info: “I’ve been involved with several facets of reverse engineering since graduation and prior. I’ve created technologies to aid reverse engineering through automation and visualization. Some of my most notable work involved vulnerability discovery and exploitation for DoD funded projects. While at Florida State University I was the Vice President of the Cybersecurity Club for 2 years and designed and led multiple workshops involving offensive cybersecurity education and practice. When I’m not performing cybersecurity research, I enjoy developing full stack applications and automating tasks. The FSU Cybersecurity Club has been a wonderful community to me and it helped open several doors in my career.”

Areas of Interest: Reverse Engineering, Malware Analysis, Automation

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Annie Cynthia Thomas

Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Contact Info: anniecynthiathomas@gmail.com

Degrees Obtained: MS Information Technology at FSU

Position: Senior Software Developer

Interesting Info:
Annie consistently went above and beyond as an FSU student. She was outstanding in the LIS5775 Organizational Information Security class during Spring 2022. Annie’s potential and preeminence in cloud security shone through when she was inspired to penetrate the SECNET network in the Cloud. Watch this YouTube video to see what she did.

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This Cybersecurity Hall of Fame has been established to honor FSU students who exceed academic expectations in a significant way. It serves as the highest benchmark, and an inspiration for future students. The students nominated here have made distinguished contributions to their own education, by going above and beyond academic requirements profoundly and repeatedly – demonstrating an extreme commitment to learning and expanding their own potential. Each has made their faculty proud. Each can be expected to make a similarly significant contribution to society, while leaving lasting impressions on the people, institutions, and organizations they go on to serve.

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