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 embodies what I have been looking for in a mentor - passion, enthusiasm, and expertise in the cybersecurity industry. He took time to explain his journey into the field and asked about my background and goals. The initial meeting resulted in a structured plan with actionable items that address my skills gap. Further, he will guide me in building my resume and improving my interviewing skills. Ryan, who also changed careers and is now experiencing rapid advancement, understands my obstacles in breaking into the industry and genuinely wants success for others. I am happy that Ryan is my mentor, and I can't recommend him enough!
5 out of 5 stars
Ryan has been a great mentor so far and has been quite responsive. He clearly knows his stuff regarding Certified Ethical Hacking. Would highly recommend!
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