Alumni by Name

The following are former members of the FSU Cybersecurity Club.  This page showcases the success of our members and highlights the diverse range of interests and employment positions held by our alumni.

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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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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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Ernest Besse

Graduation Date: Spring 2018

Degrees Obtained: BS Computer Science at FSU

Contact Info: roybesse@gmail.com

Employer: Lockheed Martin

Position: Cyber Intel Analyst Asc.

Salary: $84,000/year

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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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Ivan Lozano    

Graduation Date: 2013

Degrees Obtained: MS Computer Science at FSU

Contact Info: via LinkedIn or Slack (@ivan)

Employer: Google

Position: Information Security Engineer

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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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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, I 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 me to enter the field of cyber security and I highly recommend the club to any who are interested, no matter your background or skill level!

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Van Bettis    

Graduation Date: Spring 2016

Degrees Obtained: BS Information Technology at FSU

Personal Links: https://a-lign.com/employee-spotlight-get-know-senior-consultant-van-bettis

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

Certifications: C|EH (Certified Ethical Hacker)

Employer: A-LIGN

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 at van.bettis@a-lign.com.”

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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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