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Career Summary

As a cybersecurity professional with over five years of experience, I focus on strengthening digital assets against ever-changing cyber threats. My skills include penetration testing, ethical hacking, and red teaming. I excel at uncovering and addressing vulnerabilities in networks and web applications.

My mission is to make cyberspace better & safer for everyone by committing to lifelong learning, sharing knowledge with the community, and inspiring others to do the same.


Credentials:

• BS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from UMGC.

• 12 certifications including OSCP, CISSP, eJPT, OSWP, PenTest+, CEH, CySA+, CCNA, Cloud+, Linux+, Security+, and Network+.

• Pwned 52 HTB machines and mastered 216 THM rooms, securing top leaderboard rankings on both platforms.

• Pursuing OSEP certification and MS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy at UMGC.

Experience

Professional Experience

  • Cyber Defense Operations (1D771) – Active Duty                 April 2018 – Present

    United States Air Force – Worldwide

    To fly, fight, and win…airpower anytime, anywhere.


    •    Led comprehensive vulnerability assessment, identifying and remedying 105 security vulnerabilities, reducing security risk by hardening a server supporting 1,500 Air Mobility missions.

    •    Directed the Global Air Transportation and Execution System (GATES), providing seamless support to 150 workstations and facilitating secure operations for 183 users as the lead system administrator.

    •    Managed and mitigated six classified message incidents, ensuring prompt sanitization of secret data leaks across 57 systems and contributing to the success of 15,600 Pacific Air Force missions.

    •    Facilitated security operations by coordinating workflow among seven work centers, resulting in the timely resolution of 5,000 trouble tickets within a two-year period.

    •    Ensured uninterrupted network connectivity for 8,000 network devices supporting 43 F-16 fighter aircraft, playing a pivotal role in bolstering North Korean nuclear deterrence efforts.

    •    Orchestrated unit (organization) information technology (IT) asset program, inventorying and tracking 400 items valued at $600,000 across six facilities, ensuring optimal resource utilization and security.

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  • Content Engineer – Freelance                                                May 2023  Present

    Hack The Box – Folkestone, England, United Kingdom (Remote)

    To create and connect cyber-ready humans and organizations
    through highly engaging hacking experiences that cultivate
    out-of-the-box thinking. We aspire to redefine the standards of cybersecurity expertise, by bringing together community & business.


    •    Published author for five captivating and engaging blog articles, showcasing exceptional communication and marketing skills to engage readers and drive meaningful traffic to the HTB website (more coming).

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  • Penetration Tester – Contract                                                              August 2023

    TrustFoundry – United States (Remote)

    To have thorough customer engagements to improve
    security as efficiently as possible. We know this involves
    carefully listening and understanding to our customers. Our attention to customers’ challenges, focus on intelligent solutions, and our genuine passion for security drive us to consistently deliver outstanding results.

    •    Led vulnerability assessment of Barracuda and Azure firewalls on a client's production network, identifying 34 vulnerabilities; devised and delivered strategies to enhance and secure network traffic.

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  • Construction Laborer – Full Time                                       August 2013 April 2018

    Apache Industrial Services – Canton, Ohio

    The most complete and effective set of industrial services
    available for today’s market.


    •    Painting, sandblasting, fireproofing, asbestos abatement, lead abatement, scaffold building, and safety in oil refineries, chemical plants, and pipelines across Ohio as a contractor.

  • Food Production Worker – Part Time to Full Time         August 2010 – August 2013

    Ponderosa Steakhouse - Carrollton, Ohio

    To provide wholesome family dining at a fair price.
    By maintaining quality steakhouses and bountiful buffets.


    •    Duties include meat carving and serving, cook assistant, server assistant, dishwashing, and cleaning.  

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  • Penetration Tester – DOD SkillBridge Internship                October 2023 – Present

    TrustFoundry – United States (Remote)

    To h
    ave thorough customer engagements to improve
    security as efficiently as possible. We know this involves
    carefully listening
    and understanding to our customers. Our attention to customers’ challenges, focus on intelligent solutions, and our genuine passion for security drive us to consistently deliver outstanding results.

    • Performed internal and external network penetration tests for four clients using manual and automated techniques to find 48 meaningful and verifiable findings across 513 systems/servers.

    • Conducted two thorough web application assessments on three APIs to find 20 findings; performed cross-site scripting (XSS), Structured Query Language (SQL) injection (SQLi), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks.

    • Expertly operated industry-standard tools and techniques (Kali Linux, Nmap, Burp Suite Professional, Metasploit, Mimikatz, Impacket, Nuclei, Amass, CrackMapExec, Responder, Nessus, Shodan) against 516 systems/servers.

    • Wrote and delivered eight clear and concise timely reports, providing clear insights and actionable mitigation strategies for all clients; peer-reviewed three more penetration test reports before delivering to customers.

    • Leveraged automation, programming, and scripting skills (Python, Bash, PowerShell, C, C#, VBA, PHP, JavaScript) by coding seven new scripts on the fly during live tests to automate tasks and streamline data parsing.

    • Identified and exploited 80 vulnerabilities in Windows and Linux systems/servers, enhancing system security.

    • Applied comprehensive knowledge of methodologies and frameworks (OWASP, PTES, MITRE ATT&CK, Cyber Kill Chain, NIST, ISO, PCI-DSS) across nine
     penetration tests and web application assessments.

    • Developed sophisticated exploits and executed advanced chained/multi-staged attacks during 100% of tests.

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Education

Education

  • Master of Science (MS) (WIP)                                                                    
    Cybersecurity Management and Policy
    University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)
     

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Projected February 2025

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)                                                                      
    Cybersecurity Management and Policy
    University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)
    Minor in Business Administration
    Honors: Cum Laude | 3.873
     GPA
     

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August 2023

  • Associate of Science (AS)                                                                             
    Information Systems Technology
    Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

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October 2022

  • High School Diploma                                                                        
    Carrollton High School (CHS)

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May 2012

Certifications

Professional Certifications

  • OffSec Certified Professional (OSCP)

                                               

May 17, 2023

  • ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
    Certification Number: 1029670
                                               

October 28, 2022

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  • INE Security Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT)
    Certification ID: 81521426
                                               

February 18, 2023

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  • OffSec Wireless Professional (OSWP)

                                               

 February 15, 2024

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  • CompTIA Network Security Professional (CNSP)

December 29, 2022

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  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    Certification Number: ECC6734029581
                                               

January 28, 2023

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
    Cisco ID No.: CSCO13691669
    Verification No.: G488EB7HPHQQ1JG8                                                

September 10, 2021

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  • CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional (CSCP)

November 11, 2022

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  • CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (CCAP)

November 11, 2022

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  • CompTIA Linux Network Professional (CLNP)

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October 2, 2021

CTFs & Projects

Capture the Flags (CTFs) & Projects

Hack The Box                                                     app.hackthebox.com/profile/766179

  • HTB Rank: Pro Hacker

  • Highest Global Ranking: #265

  • Season 1 Place: 47/5987 (Top 0.8%) - Holo Tier

  • Season 2 Place: 166/7390 (Top 2.3%) - Holo Tier

  • Season 3 Place: 225/6939 (Top 3.2%) - Holo Tier

  • Two machine writeups

  • 13 video walkthroughs

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  • 52 user & system owns

TryHackMe                                                                     tryhackme.com/KyserClark

  • In the top 0.2%

  • 216 rooms completed

  • Level 13 - God (max)

  • 30 badges

  • 365 day streak badge

  • Ten learning path certs

  • Two room writeups

  • 17 video walkthroughs

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100 Days of Code (Python)                 kyserclark.com/blog/categories/100-days-of-code

  • 240 hours

  • Four video courses

  • Read 2.2 books

  • Five larger projects

  • 176 small programs

  • Network automation lab

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Additional                

  • Cybersecurity content creator

  • Avid infosec podcast listener

Military

Military Service

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Decorations
Click on a Ribbon to Lean More

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Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Ri
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Permanent Duty Stations

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  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson                             November 19, 2020  Present
    Anchorage, Alaska, USA
    732nd Air Mobility Squadron | Air Mobility Command
    2nd Permanent Duty Station

515th Air Mobility Operations Wing Commander's Coin x2 - Colonel

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Chief Master Sergeant Coin

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715TH Air Mobility Operations Group
Airman of the Quarter - Q4 2021

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ALS Graduate

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732D Air Mobility Sq
Airman of the Quarter - Q3 2021

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732D Air Mobility Sq
Airman of the Quarter - Q4 2021

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  • Kunsan Air Base                                            November 6, 2018  November 6, 2020
    Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
    8th Communications Squadron | Pacific Air Forces

    1st Permanent Duty Station

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  • Keesler Air Force Base                                         June 24, 2018  October 10, 2018
    Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
    336th Training Squadron | Air Education and Training Command
    Technical School

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  • Lackland Air Force Base                                           April 24, 2018  June 24, 2018
    San Antonio, Texas, USA
    320th Training Squadron | Air Education and Training Command

    Basic Military Training

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Airman's Coin

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Temporary Duty Stations

  • Kadena Air Base                                                                      May 21, 2023  May 26, 2023
    Okinawa, Japan

    Temporary Duty Station

  • Eielson Air Force Base                                            March 13, 2023  March 17, 2023
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    Temporary Duty Station

  • Ramstein Air Base                                     September 16, 2022  September 23, 2022
    Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

    Temporary Duty Station

  • Keesler Air Force Base                                               April 24, 2022  May 5, 2022
    Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

    Temporary Duty Station

  • Anderson Air Force Base                                    February 20, 2022  March 6, 2022
    Yigo, Guam

    Temporary Duty Station

Ranks

  • Staff Sergeant (SSgt)  |  E-5
    Selection Date: August 24, 2021
    Effective Dates: July 1, 2022 - Present

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  • Senior Airman (SrA)  |  E-4
    Effective Dates: October 22, 2020  June 30, 2022 

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  • Airman First Class (A1C)  |  E-3
    Effective Dates: September 19, 2018  October 21, 2020

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  • Airman Basic (AB)  |  E-1
    Effective Dates: April 24, 2018  September 19, 2018

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