My name is Ryan and I am a professional professional penetration tester (aka Ethical hacker). Im currently the Infrastructure Security Tech Lead in my role as well. I have been testing for a number of years now. I have a variety of experience in infrasture (internal & external), web application (internal, api, breakout, etc), physical intrusion, OSINT, Networking and much more.
Im actually a product of Mentor Cruise. Some time ago now someone from here helped me from the ground up and I was able to eventually land my first job in cyber security. There was an article from MentorCruise about this which you can find here - https://mentorcruise.com/blog/professional-basketball-cybersecurity/.
Just a quick background on myself. I graduated from William Penn University with a bachelors degree in Information Technology. I then went on to play professional basketball for 8 years all over the world. Once retired I found out about ethical hacking and thats when I started reading, taking courses and using bitdegree. At some point I started applying for jobs and landed one and havent looked back since. I understand the grind and hard work it takes to come from nothing to make a way into ethical hacking. I think thats what sets me apart from alot of other institutions I can relate to starting later and knowning which route is best for those starting from scratch just as I did.
My goal is to help where I can whether you're a beginner or more advanced penetration tester. I believe giving back is the best way to do so because in the industry of penetration testing, it is so do for yourself and not alot of people want to help especially when it comes to the 1 to 1 aspect. I was able to find that here at MentorCruise and I want to start changing that aspect about Penetration Testers specifically and start a tradition that we can help beginners, guide them and not in just groups but 1 to 1 sessions. I will work with you to find out what you're needs and goals are and we will come up with a plan to achieve these.
I believe since I started from scratch I can help alot of people who would like to do the same. I know the process to go from 0 to hero. Any subject I can help I will and I will make sure it is afforable here.
Penetration Testing and Cyber Security is my passion. It's a life style for me and not a 9 to 5. I approach it and treat it the same way I did professional basketball and thats the same mentality I will have when mentoring anyone who would like to have me as a mentor.
I look forward to hearing from you all and fill free to ask any questions.
5 out of 5 stars
Ryan is really awesome!!! He will make sure you are on the right path to success.
5 out of 5 stars
Ryan is the best Mentor! He always responds quickly to my questions. He is an amazing source of support for me. Ryan is helping me accomplish my goal of having the opprtunity to soon be able to work with someone as knowlegable and friendly as he is in the IT world. Thank you Ryan for all that you do!
5 out of 5 stars
I really appreciate the time and effort that Ryan invested in me. Thanks to him, I feel more confident in my learning and ready to continue with greater confidence. I am sure that without his support and mentorship, I would not have been able to achieve such success.
We will send you a quick email if Ryan has new open spots for mentorship, and only in that case!